BLOG: TVS Young Media Racer Program – Race 2 – Enter the Top 5

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It was time for us to get back on the race track and to say we were excited would be an understatement. Because TVS had already prepared the basics of the race for us in two track days (training and first race). So we were all naturally losing lap times and getting faster than before. It boosted our confidence and motivated us for another day of racing at the MMRT (Madras Motor Race Track)! But things turned out a little differently for me this time, and here’s how it all went down.

As always, TVS took us to the site for a few days and the tasks at our hands were simple – practice and the qualifying session on day one followed by racing on day two. I remember how weird most of us felt riding the TVS Apache RTR 200 4V race bike after a nearly month-long hiatus. It humbled everyone and took us a bit longer to maintain the pace at the start and then go faster as the session progressed.

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Three quarter front left

Only four laps into the practice session and I had to pit due to dehydration and a problem with the throttle cable. So I managed all the time in the saddle before the qualifying session scheduled for later in the evening. After some much-needed rest and rehydration, we were back in the stands and pit lanes, watching the pundits roll at blistering speeds around the MMRT. And to make the most of it, a few fellow reporters and I went around to clear up our doubts about the track lines and gear to enter the corner(s) so we could get the most out of the session. qualifying.

As the day progressed we prepared for qualifying and the weather was also in our favour. Evening was approaching and the temperatures were dropping, which made it a little easier to be in the leathers for those 25-30 minutes.

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Left Side View

Lap after lap I felt more comfortable on the bike and started to pick up speed in the corners. After about three laps I tried to pick up the pace and change the lines I was taking with more awareness of the gear I was using to enter the corners. The latter worked wonders and I lost a few seconds from my workout. For reference, my fastest lap in the afternoon session was 2:35:419 and the same for qualifying was reduced to 2:30:806. Although this was a huge improvement, I was still 9 seconds slower than the fastest driver on the grid.

With the need to go faster, I tried to study the track as much as possible the night before race day. Not to mention, adequate hydration and rest was necessary for me to physically push myself (at least) during the race. And part of it went well because I didn’t feel any nervousness or physical weakness before or during the race.

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Left Side View

Speaking of the latter, we were back on track with only seven drivers on the grid and me in fifth place. The lights went out and we all threw our racing Apache RTR 200 4V TVS down the straight, approaching turn one, a long right-hander. Lap after lap, the top three riders went much faster than the rest of the field while Daniel (rider number four) and I fought for fourth place.

After five laps the race was over and I found myself in fifth place. While satisfaction was nowhere in sight, knowing my best lap time made a small difference. Cocking 2:27:479 into the race was a little faster than qualifying.

TVS Apache RTR 200 4V Front View

We all went home that Sunday hoping to make it into the top three one way or another in the next and final race of the season. This is another story with the most surprises. So watch this space for the TVS Young Media Racer – Race Three – Kill Switch Saga program.

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