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Thread: #inConversation with Aravind KP

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    Default #inConversation with Aravind KP

    xBhp: How would you introduce yourself to someone who is not well versed with the Indian motorsport scene?

    Aravind KP: It was a bit tricky before because it was a bit difficult to explain to people the kind of racing that I do. But nowadays, a lot of people are aware of the sport so I just tell them my name and usually, they’d know. And if not, I just add TVS Racing to it.

    xBhp: How and when did you start riding motorcycles, and how did you come into competitive motorcycling?

    Aravind KP: I got into competitive motorcycling in 2005 as a privateer and I was spotted by TVS Racing in 2006. I have been with TVS Racing for almost 14 years now. I started with road racing and moved on to Supercross, Motocross and Rallies like the Raid de Himalaya, Desert Strom and Dakshin Dare. I started participating in International Rallies and eventually, Dakar happened in the year 2017.

    xBhp: What does it take to be a part of the toughest rally on the planet - Dakar? How did you prepare yourself mentally and physically for the challenge?

    Aravind KP: There’s no denying that it takes a lot of effort, both physically and mentally. A lot of endurance and a lot of focus is needed. And the training for that is not something that you do for a few months or so. You have to train all year round so more than training, it’s a way of life. In order to stay fit, I do a lot of cycling, gym and swimming. Then there are cognitive exercises for mental power and concentration.

    xBhp: What has been your biggest source of strength and support?

    Aravind KP: My parents are my biggest support for always pushing me to do my best and believing in me that I can never go wrong in this sport. My Team TVS Racing for being a solid support throughout my journey. And my friends.

    xBhp: What is the scariest aspect of rallying from your point of view?

    Aravind KP: When you are doing Raid de Himalaya in the mountains and the drops are like 18000 ft.! There’s no coming back from that if you go down. And it’s the same with Dakar. A lot of terrain changes and the worst part is that when you come across these dangers, you are, almost always, alone which just increases the risk.

    xBhp: What do you think was the most difficult phase in your life in motorsports?

    Aravind KP: There have been a few instances like that. In 2012, when I was training in Sri Lanka for a race, I broke my hip socket and I was out of racing for almost a year. And then the second Dakar I did, I broke my leg which kept me out of action for some time. I get scared if I am out of the tracks for a long time as I miss out on so much action.

    xBhp: What motivates you to get back on the saddle without any reluctance after injuries like those?

    Aravind KP: As far as I can remember, I have always been a competitive kid. And then, I love racing. So the combination of these two things is always there to get me back up. So, there are always going to be things that are in your way of finishing the race but you just tackle them to get through, get better in doing so and in turn do a better job.

    xBhp: What is your next target?

    Aravind KP: My next target would be to improve my performance and improve my results in the process. Racing is a process of continual learning so I hope to keep learning new things. In addition to that, I would also like to give back to the community by making people more aware of the sport and bringing more people in the game.

    xBhp: What is the biggest roadblock in front of Indian motorsports?

    Aravind KP: First, there aren’t a lot of manufacturers supporting the sport at the moment. We need more manufacturers to come forward and that would make things better for the motorsport community. Second, there is a serious lack of proper off-roading machines in India. The difficulty in procuring one increases even more because of the high import duty. These, I believe, are the roadblocks in front of Indian Motorsport.

    xBhp: Any advice for buddying rally-ists?

    Aravind KP: For anyone looking to get into rallying, I would suggest to start early and get trained from professionals from the beginning. Get into a school, learn about the nuances of riding an off-road machine fast and keep working hard. The Dakar Challenge series happening in India will provide you with a good stage to scale new heights so, make use of it and do your best.

    xBhp: Dakar is moving to Saudi Arabia for the next season. What is your take on that?

    Aravind KP: I am definitely happy because it is closer to my house now. It’s like 4 hours away (chuckles). Also, I believe that a lot more Indians will be able to go there and watch it so it is going to be fun. But I also know that it is going to be the same Dakar rally, maybe a bit more punishing because of the heat. It will more than live up to the name of Dakar.
    Last edited by xBhp; 06-06-2019 at 11:09 PM.
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