Evo India - - DUCATI SCRAMBLER 1100 -

To par­tic­i­pate in my first ever race and be thrown at the deep end of things was some­what of a sui­ci­dal move, some might say. But that just gave me the mo­ti­va­tion to go out and have a blast. Words do no jus­tice to what I ex­pe­ri­enced over two days of rid­ing, but I’ll still try.

I had rid­den on Kari when I at­tended the Apex Rac­ing School on a bor­rowed Ninja 300. That was many moons ago and Je­han had al­ready psyched me enough with what had hap­pened to the track lay­out as well as sur­face in the past cou­ple of years. Thank­fully, the track tar­mac was still hold­ing up this year. I was also rac­ing along­side fast (and our own fat) journos who had more sad­dle time than me. It was dif­fi­cult to get to grips with the Gixxer Cup bike as I had no idea what went into rac­ing a small yet po­tent track bike.

When the draw took place, I felt con­fi­dent to get Aatish as my part­ner (Sadly, that spelled doom for him later on - Je­han). We both had a good pace and qual­i­fied fourth to my sur­prise. In an en­durance race, it is all about con­sis­tency rather than be­ing a flash in the pan.

We were run­ning third for the bet­ter part of the race, gain­ing a po­si­tion from our start­ing spot. I shouldn’t have let Aatish be in charge of strate­gies. He miscalcula­ted the fi­nal stint and called me in for a switch, even though we were com­fort­able. I shouldn’t have done that. Not only did we lose cru­cial time over the rest but lost a lap in the process, de­mot­ing us down to fifth. Damn you, Aatish!

Nev­er­the­less, I can­not help but feel sat­is­fied. A fan­tas­tic week­end at the track with bud­dies who pushed you along through­out, what more could I have asked for? Maybe the podium, but…

Mo­tor­sport Suzuki En­durance Race

Above: Looks spec­tac­u­lar but Je­han was fast as well. Left: Ah, the first kiss. You re­mem­ber it for­ever

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