Just like Shreyas, 30 other teenagers were vying for the top 10 spots to qualify for the rookie category of TVS One-Make Championship which will be held alongside the Indian National Motorcycle Road Racing Championship (INMRC).
These 10 young riders, with the quickest lap timings, will undergo five rounds at the track and the silverware holders will have the opportunity to join the TVS Racing team.
“Honestly, I never knew I would come towards racing. I like motorcycles. It grew on me when I was introduced to motorsport,” said Hyderabad-based Syed Mohammad, who worships MotoGP rider Marc Marques for his aggressive styling.
Its no-brainer motorsport, which includes building dedicated track-oriented bikes, fuel and race circuit charges, is a cost-extensive process. TVS Motor Racing through its pioneering rookie category aims to hone the skills of young riders and develop them for motorsports.
“One Make Championship (OMC) Rookie Category extends our outreach to an age group where learning the nuances of road racing is critical. The motorcycle, TVS Apache RR 200, is designed specifically keeping in mind the ergonomics, bike geometry and suspension dynamics required for young riders,” said B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing.
The OMC rookie category participants should be under the age of 19 years and level-1 FMSCI certified training received from any racing training school is mandatory. TVS Racing also conducted a Level-1 training school at MMRT to facilitate Level-1 certification.
Aditi (11) says she wants to focus on studies and keep motorcycling as passion, adding ‘it can definitely make a good career. At a very young age, Aditi was inspired by her father who used to ride on the track occasionally. “I started with a scooter and slowly progressed onto a motorcycle. The journey has been great so far,” she concludes.