Pune: After a stirring first round in Nashik, Pune is set to host about 110 bikers for whom a 700-metre-long challenging track has been prepared for the second round of the MRF MOGRIP National Supercross championship to be held at the open ground next to passport office in Mundhwa.
Pune’s former national supercross champion Rugved Barguje, who suffered major crash during Covid period while practicing is back on the wheels. He did fairly well for the newly formed TVS Petrons team, driving TVS-RTR 300 winning Moto2 while he came 3rd in Moto 1. Rugved (33points) is placed second overall Class 1 for bikes up to 500cc His teammate C D Jinan, also driving TVS-RTR 300 is on top with 37 points.
The track laid out for the Pune round has 20 double jumps, 2 table tops, a section of 10 whoop de does, making it as challenging as it could be in the given area.
While Barguje leads the championship in seniors’ class, Yuvraj Kondedeshmukh heads the Juniors class meant for Under-15 for bikes up to 500cc.
In Kolhapur, Barguje beat Nashik’s Yash Pawar, who rode Kawasaki KX 250, while Badal Doshi of Mumbai finished third on an identical bike as Barguje.
The championship will be conducted in 17 different classes out of which only five are National championship classes—Foreign Open, Novice (up to 250cc 4-stroke), Juniors, Group B Open, Expert Open, Group C Open (4-stroke up to 250cc).
Besides the Supercross event another attraction on the weekend will be FMX freestyle riding in which international riders will be taking part.
Joe Duffield on Kawasaki 450 and Shaun Webb on Yamaha YZ250 will show their skills of freestyle riding. Both the Australian riders are pick of the best FMX daredevil riders who will be on show in Pune.