Moto Drag Racing: Muddappa sets national record in third and final lap
Multiple national champion Hemanth Mudappa of Mantra Racing won the national championship in the first two classes, with record performances in the third and final round of the MMSC FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship here on Sunday.
The combination of Muddappa and Sharan Pratap, his tuner, produced a magical run that not only earned them a record in the top two classes, but helped the Kodava star clinch the Drag National title.
Mudappa of Bengaluru won his fifth consecutive national title in the premier Super Sport 1051cc class and above for super motos and also won the national championship in the 851 to 1050cc class with a double gold on Sunday.
Overall, that makes him a nine-time Indian National Drag Champion. He won the top class in 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020 and 2021. He also won four other titles in the lower classes.
Mudappa cut a good tenth of a second to clock 7.749 seconds, riding the black Suzuki Hayabusa reaching speeds of 239.58 on the iconic 302-metre Madras Motor Sports Club circuit.
Thus, he broke his own record of 7.913s which he set in the second round in October 2021. In the 851cc to 1050cc class, he broke his own record.
“I’m on cloud nine. Behind my performance is a dedicated Mantra Racing who worked tirelessly day and night,” said Muddappa.
“Extensive testing and development based on the data collected speaks to the commitment to every member of my team. Cutting two tenths is a very, very big achievement in drag.
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