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Schooled To Be Fast
Schooled To Be Fast

Young automotive journalists undergo training to battle it out this racing season.

Joshua Varghese

SINCE ITS ESTABLISHMENT in 1987, TVS Racing has been a prominent name in the Indian two-wheeler racing scene, both on the track and off it. For the current racing season, TVS Racing has come up with the first-ever ‘Young Media Racer Programme’ that offers motoring journalists like myself the chance to race against our peers and receive training from experts in the field.

The training was a one-day programme held at the Madras Motor Sports Club (MMSC) race-track in Chennai. The physical discomfort caused by the hot weather was offset by the phenomenal grip our tyres offered throughout the day. Our training was conducted on the 2.067-km-long short lap which comprised five right-handers and two left-handers, including a chicane. Having ridden the stock Apache, I can say that the race-spec Apache RTR 200 4V Carb is not simply a stripped-down version of the stock motorcycle. Shorn of the eight-kilo exhaust system, the engine has been remapped to rev without a limiter, S making it insanely quick and nimble around the circuit.

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July 2017