Kovai Singam wins 1st Motorcycle Endurance League (MEL) race promoted by Indian Motorcycle League

Kovai Singam won the first ever race of the Motorcycle Endurance League (MEL) at the Kari Motor Speedway (KMS) in Coimbatore. Harry Sylvester and Mathana Kumar, riding for Kovai Singam finished the 90 minute endurance race in 67 laps ahead of Delhi Dragonz (Satish Kumar & Padmanabhan) and Hyderabad High Riders (Vivek Pillai & Ramesh Kumar). Chennai Crackers were leading the race comfortably when they suffered a mechanical failure on Lap 55 with less than 15 minutes to go ending their chances of a victory.

Motorcycle_Endurance_LeagueThis was the first round for the MEL, which is promoted by the Indian Motorcycle League. Pre-season favourites Chennai Crackers qualified on pole with their star rider K Jagan setting the fastest time. Jagan started for the Chennai Crackers and pulled away from the chasing pack setting fastest lap after fastest lap. His team-mate Prakash SK took over from him and continued to lead before handing back to Jagan. Kovai Singam were in second place with Sylvester and and impressive Satish Kumar leading the charge for the Delhi Dragonz. Chennai Crackers pitted with a problem giving Kovai Singam the lead. Kovai Singam crossed the line in first place at the 90-minute mark ahead of Delhi Dragonz and Hyderabad High Riders in third place. The Pune Panthers team of Abhishek and Akash Chandra Mohan finished in 4th position while Chennai Crackers recovered to finish in 4th position.

Winning team Kovai Singam was thrilled to win the first race. Lead rider Harry Sylvester commented, “It was a very interesting race and different to how we normally race. Jagan and Chennai Crackers were too fast for us but due to their problem we got ahead. A big thank you to TVS Racing and the entire Singam team for all the hard work that they put in. Mathana and me both had good stints and I am happy to come out ahead.

In the Enduro 130 class PK Mithun Kumar finished ahead of Sebastian and Rama Krishnan while GA Sunil took the win in the Enduro 160 class. In the support race, the Orange class, G Rajaram won both races ahead of Antony Peter.

Results

MEL Class (90 minutes):
1. Kovai Singam (Harry Sylvester, Madana Kumar)
2. Delhi Dragonz (Satish Kumar, Padmanaban)
3. Hyderabad High Riders (Vivek Pillai, Ramesh Kumar)

Championship points:
1. Delhi Dragonz 26
2. Kovai Singam 25
3. Hyderabad High Riders 19

Enduro 130 class:
1. P.K. Mithun Kumar
2. Sebastian
3. Rama Krishnan

Enduro 160 class:
1. G.A. Sunil
2. Akash P. Desai
3. Naresh Babu

Orange class (Support race):
Race 1:
1. G. Rajaram
2. E. Antony Peter
3. C. Dinesh

Race 2:
1. G. Rajaram
2. E. Antony Peter
3. Naveen Kumar

RESULTS OF IML CLASS – TESTING

IML CLASS PRE SEASON TESTING KARI MOTOR SPEEDWAY

Pos No. Name Laps In Lap Lap Best Tm Diff Total Tm Transponder
1 13 Team Chennai 65 12 1:19.303 1:30:19.903 6613289
2 14 Team Chennai 64 63 1:21.537 1Laps 1:31:20.778 7218256
3 16 Team Mumbai 64 38 1:19.610 1Laps 1:32:10.542 7420657
4 03 Team Kovai 63 18 1:20.960 2Laps 1:30:56.818 7082812
5 01 Team Pune 62 59 1:19.165 3Laps 1:30:49.792 7231867
6 09 Team Cochin 62 35 1:20.361 3Laps 1:31:00.175 6653546
7 12 Team Bangalore 62 33 1:20.450 3Laps 1:31:37.007 7261544
8 06 Team Delhi 61 31 1:20.131 4Laps 1:31:21.261 6925563
9 05 Team Delhi 57 28 1:20.039 8Laps 1:30:49.767 6672361
10 08 Team Hyderabad 55 51 1:20.953 10Laps 1:31:44.753 8334473
11 04 Team Kovai 45 08 1:19.249 20Laps 1:30:16.313 7238795
12 11 Team Pune 36 27 1:19.157 29Laps 1:00:00.145 6653532
13 15 Team Bangalore 32 30 1:19.822 33Laps 47:04.995 6313758
14 15 Team Mumbai 32 03 1:20.313 33Laps 50:52.770 6689049
15 10 Team Cochin 22 05 1:20.642 43Laps 31:44.462 7229060
16 07 Team Hyderabad 12 01 1:20.944 53Laps 20:55.387 8371244