Are you a Valentino Rossi fan? And throttle even in your dreams? Well, whether or not you take India to a podium finish, we have several names who might actually achieve this Herculean task or come close to it in the near future. Stick with us till the end, at least the inspiration will come handy to flame your ambitions.
C S Santosh
Santosh is considered by many of his fans as ‘India’s Most Accomplished Off-Road Racer.’ He is a winner of many National Supercross and Motocross championships. He races for the Hero MotorSports racing team.
Trained mostly in America along with international riders, Aravind KP won 17 national titles. The feather in his cap was his victory at the 2015 Raid de Himalaya. He, racing for the Sherco TVS Factory’s team became the only Indian to conquer the Dakar Rally in 2019.
Well, for a change our next hero could be a female, and Aiswarya Pissay indeed makes a cause for that. She defeated all odds by winning five national titles including both Road Racing and Rally Championships. She also competed in Baja Aragon World Rally in Spain and thus became the first Indian women to achieve such a feat.
Sundeep Singh Sokhi
Hailing from the charming city – Hyderabad, Sundeep Singh Sokhi made India proud when he qualified by taking the third position out of 35 racers for the ‘Street Fighter’ class at Valdosta, Georgia in the United States.
Amit Sharma, another inhabitant of Hyderabad, was Sundeep’s partner at Valdosta, Georgia. The same sponsors — Elite Octane backed both of them. He became the fastest Indian rider by clocking 8.87 seconds in the drag racing history. He also zoomed his way into the top 16 of the ‘seasoned racers’ class which had 64 participants.
Rajini emerged on the scene in 2011 by becoming national road champion. In 2013, he surpassed his previous feat and became the first Indian champion at the Losail Asian Road Racing Championship. In 2015, he also won the Malaysian Superbike championship. He wishes to fuel the growth of motorsports in India via his racing academy — Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing (RACR).
Shreya Sunder Iyer
Another entry from the fairer sex to beat the gender stereotypes, Shreya Sunder Iyer is a professional racer for the TV Racing team. Based in Bangalore, she erupted on the biking scene by claiming the second place in the Indian National Rally which was held on July 10, 2017, at Coimbatore.
You can certainly look forward to these idols if you are a racing fan. Even if you are not a racing fan, you can always be proud of these Indian racers achieving so much on both national and international levels.