Here’s all you need to know about the first edition of TVS ARE GP Cup

Ritesh Patil
Around 1000+ participants from 20 cities participated in the selection rounds

TVS has a long experience of using its racing experience to develop its motorcycles but it is rare for an end-owner to actually get to experience how their motorcycles perform on an actual race track. To provide that exact experience, TVS Racing conducted the first-ever ARE (Apache Racing Experience) GP Cup.

As the name suggests, the cup was exclusively for TVS Apache owners and TVS Racing travelled to around 20 cities where 1000+ riders took part in the selection rounds. Out of those, 48 finalists were selected who competed for the top honours at the Madras International Circuit, Chennai. The riders were divided into three categories – 160-180cc, 200cc and 310cc. The top 28 finalists raced on the TVS One Make Championship (OMC) race-spec variant of the RR310 and RTR200, giving them a hands-on experience of race bikes. The riders also underwent training from TVS Racing’s international and Indian champion racers. 

As a typical race weekend, Saturday was practice and qualifying for the finalists and Sunday was the race day. There were two rounds of race for each category and the top point scorers won the final championship. Here’s a list of all winners:

CategoryWinnerRunner-upSecond Runner-up
RR310 CategoryRushab ShahSanthosh BalakrishnanAditya Tentiwala
RTR200 CategoryBharath BAjal AntonyPuneet Dembla
RTR160 and 180 CategoryPradeep. CAmar B ShirkeAbin Thomas

The prices for winning were special too as the top three winners will get an all-expense trip to MotoGP (Sepang GP), a wild card entry for TVS OMC (310 category), TVS Racing’s official merchandise and free participation in select marquee rides, AOG chapter rides and TVS MotoSoul.

TVS Racing had also organised a media race and we participated in the 200cc category. Stay tuned to know about our full experience.

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