Suzuki Motorcycle India Private Limited (SMIPL) kicked off
the year’s off-road action on a high note, taking top spot in the Moto and
third overall on the Quad at the inaugural India Baja 2016. Baja is one of the
most popular forms of off-road racing. The race involves a 24 hour competition
on dirt tracks which stretch for more than 300kms. Racers are also faced with
the challenge of night racing, which changes the nature of the game significantly.
CS Santosh piloted his Suzuki RMX450Z to victory in the Moto
category of the Indian Baja by a margin of 58 minutes. CS Santosh, said,
“Winning the first ever Baja to be held in the country is a perfect way to
start the new year! Winning it on a brand-new Suzuki RMX450Z straight out of
the crate makes it even more special for me. The 2016 model is a flawless
machine with great handling and an amazing top speed. I feel that this form of
off-road racing has huge potential in a country like India because it’s very
competitor friendly and does not put too much strain on the resources of the
participants. I hope this format of off-road racing grows in the country”.
Another victory for the Suzuki team was brought home by
Santosh’s team partner Joshua Pramod who took his Suzuki Quadsport Z400 to
finish third in the Overall Time classification. Joshua Pramod, said, “I have
never been on an ATV in my life, and the first time I sat on the Suzuki
Quadsport Z400 was literally at the start line! Basic training from Suzuki
officials and guidance from CS Santosh got me started and then the trust and
confidence in the Suzuki kept me going! The Quadsport Z400 has an amazing
motor, is responsive like a motorcycle and comfortable as well. I’d love to
compete again with a bit more preparation next time!”
The overall times for the event were as follows:
1. CS Santosh –
Suzuki RMX450Z – 4:19:17
2. Jes David –
3. Joshua Pramod
– Suzuki Quadsport Z400 - 6:07:25
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