BENGALURU: The MRF MOGRIP 2nd Rally of Karnataka for 2-Wheelers will be held on the outskirts of the City, near Big Banyan tree, off Rajarajeswari Dental College on Mysore road, on Tuesday.
The fifth and final round of the Indian National Rally Championship for Bikes (2w) was revived this year after a break of about 5 years and the first four rounds were held at Nashik, Coimbatore, Hyderabad and Chikkamagluru.
Organised by Karnataka Motor Sports Club (KMSC) the rally has one special stage of 17.1 kms, named Torque, and it will be run thrice in the same direction on Sunday. The total distance of the rally will be 61.65 kms including 51.30 kms of special stage distance. Recce and scrutiny will be on Monday. ``All the safety arrangements are in place and about 40 bikes are in fray,'' said Bhaskar Gupta, Clerk of the Course (CoC).
Top riders from Team TVS like KP Arvind and Nataraj are expected to lead the charge in the Group A and bikes of all makes including Yamaha, KTM, Mahindra, Hero and Honda have entered the fray. For the first time scooters are being introduced in the National championship.
Eight classes will be run for the National championship including Group A. Group B four-stroke has sub-categories of upto 130 cc (M1), 131 to 165 cc (M2), 166 to 260 cc (M3 & M4), 261 to 500 cc (M5). Besides there are two classes for scooters (upto 160cc) and one-make Royal Enfield. A separate local class `Star of Karnataka', will be held to encourage riders from Karnataka.
Rohith Gowda is leading the 130cc class while Yuva Kumar and Naresh are fighting for the championship in the 260cc class. Experienced Venu Ramesh and Suhail Ahamed are expected to lead the challenge in the 165 cc category and in the scooter class Syed Asif Ali and Shammim Khan are the ones to watch. Vishwas is leading the KTM championship standings.
Earlier, this event was scheduled to be held on Dec 20, but was postponed as the stages were shifted to dirt track.