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Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship 2023: 'LightningR1' Hemanth Muddappa Wins 12th National Title, Becomes Most-Decorated Indian Motorsports Athlete

Muddappa won the 1051 to 1650cc class title despite suffering a wheelie at the start and annexed the top place in both rounds 3 and 4 to bring his tally of national titles to a grand dozen

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Ten-time national drag racing champion Hemanth Muddappa became the most-decorated motorsports athlete with an unprecedented dozen titles after remaining unbeaten in the top two classes to emerge a double champion in the MMSC-FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Drag Racing Championship in Chennai on Sunday. (Motorsport News)

He made it a sweet double emerging triumphant in both the Unrestricted Class and the 1051 to 1650cc class in the fourth and final round at the Madras International Circuit (MIC) at Irungattukottai near Chennai. 

Muddappa won the 1051 to 1650cc class title despite suffering a wheelie at the start and annexed the top place in both rounds 3 and 4 to bring his tally of national titles to a grand dozen. 

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He remained unbeaten in these top two classes in all four rounds, throughout the year.

Earlier in the morning, Muddappa won the 4-stroke unrestricted category astride the Suzuki Hayabusa, beating arch-rival and Bengaluru mate Alimon Saidalvi, clocking a blistering 07.746s and went on to claim another first place in the 4S 1051 to 1650cc class, beating another stalwart Mohammed Riyaz of Hyderabad with a time of 7.779s. 

Riyaz, who came third in the Unrestricted Class won the 551 to 850cc Super Sport class, where Muddappa could only finish third behind another Hyderabad rider Mirza Jahangir, who took second.

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"It is a grand dozen and I am proud of the long and strong relationship with Mantra Racing that has brought a lot of happiness, not to talk about the hard work and struggles we underwent throughout the year. 

"It is an amazing journey and I am glad we got a double. My thanks to all the boys, my family and my supporters," said Muddappa, who is nicknamed 'LightningR1' for his brute speed.

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