Motorcycles with better performances, riders as motivated as ever and extremely eventful races: season 2 of the Suzuki Gixxer Cup, organised within the framework of the meets of the Indian National Motorcycle Championship, lived up to all expectations. On 22 January, the fifth and last round of this promotional formula supported technically by Motul took place on Madras Motor Race Track in Chennai and saw the crowning of Joseph Mathew, 2016/2017 Rookies champion, and Meka Vidhuraj, king of Open category.
A Sri Lankan aged just 13 made a particularly strong impression this season: Aaron Gunawardena indeed bagged ten of the twelve races in which he contended in three different categories! Riding in Rookies (under 23 years old) for race one, he then entered the Red Bull Road to Rookies Cup, reserved for 13-17 year olds, in races 2 and 3 in Chennai. He qualified brilliantly, just like Indian Sachin Choudhary (16 years old), for the Red Bull selection in Spain. Opposite 117 'apprentice' champions, from 32 countries, Aaron did well despite a fall and is expected to try his luck again in 2017. Back in India, he finished the Suzuki Gixxer Cup with a wild card to race in Open category. He did not miss out on dominating rounds 4 and 5 opposite contenders clearly older than him, by adding four wins to his collection.