First Women’s National Motorcycle Racing Championship This Weekend

Alisha Abdullah

The Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) has launched the Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2017 for women at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. The Rolon round is scheduled be held on June 10 and 11, Hindustan Times reports.

It’s a much awaited weekend in Coimbatore as this is the first time in India that women are set to vroom for the national title over five rounds.

The contest, which would be held over two days, follows Friday’s practice and qualifying sessions. According to reports, there will be a total 19 races with over 200 riders.

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“In keeping with MMSC’s constant endeavour to promote motorsport at all levels, we decided to introduce a national championship exclusively for women. We are happy that so far, 15 entries have been received,” race director Manoj Dalal said. “Given the fact that an increasing number of women are taking to various forms of motorsport, we do hope that our move will further their cause.”

What more? Alisha Abdullah, who once earned the tag of being India’s only woman superbike racer and the fastest Indian car racer, has been participating in superbike events abroad. It is believed that she will make a grand comeback after eight years and will race in the women’s championship, the press release said. She is the first Indian woman to win a podium finish in an international motorsport competition, the Toyota VIOS Cup in Thailand, in 2014.

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However, the women racers will have chance to not only contest in the National Championship, but to participate in a separate one-make series in two categories – Open and Novice – besides a support race apiece for ladies, organized by TVS and Honda

Now that the country is all eyes for the women bikers to display their skills, the motorcycling scene is definitely set to change for the better.

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