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Ladies Set the Track on Fire At Honda One Make Championship

Honda Motorcycles and Scooters India presented a unique opportunity for the young and budding woman racers of the country in the Honda One Make Championship. This unique initiative by Honda was the first in the country, as it introduced for the first time an exclusive all-ladies race as part of the championship.

pic: Anand Philar

One-off woman riders in motorcycle and car racing have been around for some time. The FMSCI never received enough entries to conduct a separate race for women. Until now. The Honda One Make Championship changed that scenario this year when the 5th and final round of the championship included an all-woman event at the Madras MotorSports Race Track (MMRT) on Sunday. The race received 15 entries of which 10 women managed to make it to the track.

pic: Anand Philar

Riding an open class Honda CBR 150R, the half-loop 4-lap race saw women racers from different parts of the country take part. Chennai’s Rihana Reya took the chequered flag in first position. Pune’s Pooja Dhabi who started the race from pole position secured second while Saundari A from Chennai took third. Aishwarya Pissay from Bangalore missed out on the final place on the podium by a quarter of a bike’s length and took 4th position. Shruthi N from Chennai took the chequered flag in 5th position.

pic: Vivek Vhram

Speaking during the awards ceremony, Mr Prabhu Nagraj, vice president, Customer Service, HMSI had this to say; “It is always Honda’s endeavor to bring new categories and excitement into the race. To democratize motorsport, and to offer the adrenaline pumping track experience to our women audiences as well, we have introduced, for the first time in Chennai, an All-Ladies Race. All 10 girls, who raced today have been trained by the Honda Racing Training Academy. I would like to specially congratulate all of them for being a part of this landmark race. The immense potential on display today, strengthens our belief in the talent that exists in the country. I would also like to congratulate all the winners and thank FMSCI for organizing and supporting our efforts in India. Look forward to see you all next year with greater enthusiasm.”

pic: Deepak Dongre

There was great support from the crowd as well, cheering the racers as they swapped positions around the race track. It was not just the winners, but everyone who raced had a smile on their face and were high in spirits.

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Shruthi N, who finished fifth, had this to say; “It is an amazing feel to be a part of the first one make women race. Usually most people, especially in India are skeptical when women drift a bit apart from their usual routine- but it is so great to have so many supporters. Thanks to Honda’s Racing Training Academy for such a great initiative. I didn’t finish as expected due to clutch issues, but overall it was a beguiling endeavor from Honda and I believe it’s just the start and there is a lot more to come”
pic:: Anand Philar

Aishwarya Pissay from Bangalore who finished 4th in the race and has training from Apex Academy had this to say; “It was really challenging. I did not know I could push the way I did, and I am quite disappointed that I missed out on the third place by such a small margin! If I had one more lap, I would have got the 3rd position!” Further, “It was great to have such an event, considering we don’t have much opportunities in the country for racing. Honda provided fantastic support and the crowd was great! Next time, I want to race not just against the girls, but the guys on the track as well!” she quipped.

With a fantastic finish to the 2015 Honda One Make Championship, this initiative by the manufacturer should help more talent from across the country to exhibit their skills and gain support. We would like to see the FMSCI promote more such events in the country that would encourage young riders to pursue their passion and represent India in various levels of motorsport.

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About Suhas S

Motorcyclist, Traveler, Aerospace Engineer and your friendly neighborhood Batman. Suhas has been meandering on two wheels since 2008. His love for automobiles, aeroplanes and his passion for travel has brought him here. He's a RC plane hobbyist currently building a Supermarine Spitfire and the Associate Editor at TheMotorLife

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