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.
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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.
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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.
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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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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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