Pune, May 11 (UNI) The cream of country's two-wheeler riders will vye for honours in the flood-lit inaugural round of the Federation Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) national supercross championship being hosted by ''Sportstrek'' here on May 13.
The TVS Racing, which has best riders like Karan Kadam, C S Santosh, and C D Jinan will make a bid to retain the overall title which is spread over six rounds.
Briefing sportscribes here today, ''Sportstrek'' president Shyam Kothari said though Yamaha, arch rivals to TVS Racing, has disbanded their team, yet the competition will be razor sharp as some private riders like Yogesh Barguje, Rustom Patel, Prakash Thakkar and Eeshan Lokhande are expected to put up a stiff challenge.
Mr Kothari, a former national champion in both motocross and rally events, said because of the scorching heat, the event will be held under floodlights. The task of the riders will be difficult as the competition will be in all the eight classifications, he said.
''Sportstrek'' has been striving to enhance the quality of supercross and motocross in the country and has inroduced new teams through the riders development programmes with the help of international trainers, Mr Kothari informed.
The ''Floodlit Supercross'', being hosted for the third time in the country, will be on the lines of international motocross standards, Mr Kothari stressed.
The annual event has attracted 120 riders from across the country who have confirmed their participation.
Keeping in mind the ''safety'' aspect of the riders, the 800 meters track has been designed by former champions Pratap Bhagwat and Ashok Yande. Bhagwat informed that the circuit consists of a combination of eight double jumps, one triple jump, a table top measuring about 100 feet, 10 berms and a section of whoop-de-doos.
Pune mayor Rajlakshmi Bhosale has announced a cash prize of Rs 1.5 lakh and the prestigious Mayors Trophy to be awarded to the winner of the local category, Mr Kothari said.
The FMSCI has designated Mr Yogesh Lohia as the chief scrutiniser. After the Pune event, the second round will be held at Coimbatore on May 27, the third round at Baroda on June 10, the fourth at Kolhapur on September 2, the fifth at Bangalore on October 7, and the sixth and final round at Goa on October 14, Mr Kothari informed.
An eight event card has been chalked out which is as follows: Class 1: Indian Experts A Upto 250 cc/450 cc, Class 2: Indian Experts B Above 80 cc-150 cc, Class 3: Indian Experts B Above 110 cc-250 cc, Class 4: Indian Novice D Above 80 cc-160 cc, Class 5: Indian Open B Above 125 cc-250 cc, Class 6: Indian Experts D Above 125 cc-160 cc, Class 7: Locals B Above 110 cc-250 cc, Class 8: Intermediate A Upto 250 cc/450cc.