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Thread: #inConverstion with Shakti Raj Singh

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    Default #inConverstion with Shakti Raj Singh

    xBhp: When and how did you start motorcycle racing?

    Shakti Raj Singh: Motorcycles as machines have always fascinated me from childhood. It was the two-stroke era then and seeing my interest in motorcycles my father bought me a 65cc 2 geared moped when I was in class 8th. He promised me that if I get good grades in my 10th boards, he will buy me the motorcycle of my choice. That’s what I did, and so I ended up buying the Suzuki Shogun, a bike which I kept for more than a decade! As time went on, because of necessary involvement in other walks of life, I had to forgo riding motorcycles for a few years.

    My second coming in motorcycles happened in 2011. That was when motorcycles started to become a part of my lifestyle. I experimented with a lot of bikes like the Kawasaki Ninja 636, Repsol Honda Fireblade, Suzuki Hayabusa and even a Harley Davidson to discover my calling and figured out that sports and super sports with an inline-4 or inline-3 cylinder engine was what I want to ride.

    In the same year, Buddh International Circuit became operational in Delhi NCR. In later part of 2012 & 2013, Buddh International Circuit started hosting open track days for superbikes and that’s where it all started for me. With me being based in Delhi NCR, a Honda Fireblade parked in my garage and a world-class circuit in my city, I became a regular at the open track days.

    xBhp: What has been your biggest achievement in racing so far?

    Shakti Raj Singh: Besides getting top 10 finishes at the national level and becoming a faster rider every year since 2015, my biggest achievement has been my deep sense of fulfilment, gratitude and satisfaction that I have been able to live whatever I dreamt of ever since my childhood days.

    xBhp: Where do you want to see yourself in the next 5 years as a motorcyclist?

    Shakti Raj Singh: Well 5 years down the line I see myself as a faster, more skilled & a safer rider. I also see myself undergoing formal & organized race education from leading superbike schools of the world and possibly migrating from the 600cc class to the 1000cc class of racing.

    xBhp: How do you prepare yourself for a race?

    Shakti Raj Singh: First, it is the track time on the saddle. I try to get as much time on the circuit as possible, constantly pushing the envelope doing different things while on laps, to shave off seconds. The second is bike modifications and installing performance parts in the bike to suit my riding style and optimize the bike’s performance. The third is being physically fit for which I hit the gym and train regularly.

    xBhp: How do you keep yourself mentally fit?

    Shakti Raj Singh: Superbike racing is a sport in which you need the reflexes of a fighter pilot and to keep my reflexes sharp I go to the shooting ranges and practice the sport of my past, Skeet shooting. I am a strong believer in the power of the subconscious mind, where what you think & believe will come through.

    xBhp: Which bike do you ride?

    Shakti Raj Singh: I will be riding a race-prepped Triumph Daytona 675 since that is the bike I have been riding over the last four years and have built it to my liking.

    xBhp: You have your own racing team, Speed Angels. Can you please tell us more about your team?

    Shakti Raj Singh: Yes, I have my own racing team, the Speed Angels. It comprises of 2 riders in 600cc class & two riders in the 1000cc class. In the 600cc class, there is Dr Aman Ahlawat & me and the 1000cc class there is Pranav Malik & Sukhjit Singh.

    xBhp: What do you think are the two biggest issues that are hampering the growth of motorcycling racing in India?

    Shakti Raj Singh: By my assessment, the two biggest issues are lack of government support and negligible competition exposure to racers. The Government of India should take superbike racing under the ambit of Ministry of Youth Affairs & Sports, align with Sports Authority of India or Indian Olympic Association where racers get benefits of low or no import duties on race bikes and parts. This will help the sport and reduce the struggles of a racer.

    Also, superbike racing needs more brands or business houses to come forward and organize more races. Right now sponsor brands don’t come forward since there is no visibility through media. Media doesn’t come forward because there is no TRP or viewership. TRP is not there because the audience does not understand the nuances of the sport. So if the media educates the audience as it did for cricket over the last 20 years, I see no reason why TRPs will not increase to IPL levels.
    Last edited by xBhp; 06-06-2019 at 11:22 PM.

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