Shamim Khan wins the 26th edition of the Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally
Mumbai, August 9th 2015: In a field of 40 riders, Nashik’s Shamim Khan, riding a Mahindra Rodeo, overcame a strong field (which included a host of former champions) and tough conditions to emerge triumphant for the fourth time in the Gulf Monsoon Scooter Rally on Sunday.
The Team Mahindra rider, who was the champion in 2003, 2004 and 2010, rode over the dirt tracks of Navi Mumbai to win the gruelling 35-km race of 31 minutes and 59 seconds in penalties.
Defending champion R Natraj of TVS Racing, who pipped Khan in a close finish last year, was forced to pull out of the race immediately at the first Time Control itself due to a mechanical failure of his scooter. He was among four riders who failed to finish.
Pune’s Pinkesh Thakkar of Team Ceat, riding a Kinetic Honda, was second in 33 minutes and 45 seconds, while Bhopal’s Syed Asif Ali of TVS Racing, astride a TVS Wego finished third with 33:54.
The rally was flagged off by from Hotel K Star in Belapur CBD. Heavy rain over the last few days made riding on the gravel-laden, winding course dicey.
Under the circumstances, riders had to exercise extreme control while negotiating the steep inclines, hairpin bends and water-logged stretches they encountered. Some of them took a tumble or two and some even damaged their scooters.
Former champion Manjeet Singh Bassan, of team Ceat, astride an LML Vespa, won the 111cc to 160cc class, finishing in 35.37 seconds. The prizes were given away by Commissioner of Police Navi Mumbai, Shri Prabhat Ranjan.