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Bikers go IPL way.

Eight city- based franchises sold at an auction in Chennai

THE fanfare might be far less than in its rich cricket cousin, the Indian Premier League, but the newly launched Indian Motorcycle League ( IML) has garnered its fair share of attention.

In the auction held in Chennai on Thursday, racing drivers Armn Ebrahim and Ashwin Sundar became owners of two of the eight franchises.

While Armn, who last year participated in the FIA GT1 Championship, became the owner of Hyderabad High Riders, Sundar is the boss of Chennai Crackers.

Rohit Giri ( Bangalore Bullets), Sreekumar Gopinadhan ( Team Cochin and Team Kovai), Dilip Rogger ( Delhi Dragonz), A. Sheeba Hussain ( Mumbai Dons), and Ansar Ahmed ( Pune Panthers) are the other owners.

The IML will be held in three rounds, with the first taking place on March 8- 9 at the Kari Motor Speedway in Coimbatore. The other two rounds will be held in Chennai and Greater Noida, though nothing has been finalised yet.

TVS Apache RTR180 bikes will be used in the races. Pre- race testing will be done in Coimbatore on February 23- 24.

" The owners will have to pay ` 10 lakh ( for one year) as franchisee fee to us. In return, we will provide them with bikes and other logistical facilities required for the event," IML chairman Rasheed Khan told M AIL T ODAY . The riders have been divided into three categories -- A, B and C. Each team will have five riders - one from Grade A, and two each from Grades B and C. Grade A riders are the most experienced ones and will get Rs 20,000 per race.

K. Rajini, Harry Sylvester, K. Jagan, R. Deepak, Dinesh Kumar, Shyam Shankar, Vivek Pillai and P. Anand Raj are the Grade A riders.

" Grade B and C riders have less experience. We will not pay them but will be supporting them to pursue their career at the international level.

" We will provide technical as well as financial help to compete in bigger tournaments," Rasheed said.

Event to be held in Coimbatore, Chennai and Greater

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Date:Feb 15, 2014
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