xBhp: Please introduce yourself to our readers.

Simranjeet Singh: My name is Simranjeet Singh and in the racing circle, I am fondly known as Simran King. I am 23 years old and I am a professional superbike racer. I have won the 1000cc round of the JK Championship twice. First time in 2015 and then again in 2017. In 2016, I was the first runner-up. Recently, I was the runner up in Bahrain Superbike Championship and won the first position in BSBK.

xBhp: Please tell us about your own journey of how you reached where you are today?

Simranjeet Singh: Before I started racing, I was into stunt riding which went on for quite some time. When I went on the racetrack for the first time, I was instantly hooked. My first track bike was a Honda CBR 250R. That was the bike on which I started doing track days and track riding practice. After the 250R, my next racetrack motorcycle was a Honda CBR600RR Race-Prep bike. On that motorcycle, I crashed on my very first track day. But in motorcycle racing, you cannot let crashes deter you. So, I kept practising and rode the 600RR for a year.

Post that, I moved to the 1000cc category. I have been doing consistent track days ever since. Motorcycle racing requires a lot of hard work. And that is exactly what I have been doing in order to improve my riding skills, learning new things, getting faster and bettering my own time consistently.

xBhp: Could you please tell us something more about your association with Ducati?

Simranjeet Singh: From now on, I will be riding for Ducati India as the official Ducati India rider.

xBhp: Now that you have raced abroad in Bahrain and got a podium there as well, how different is racing there in comparison to India?

Simranjeet Singh: Racing abroad is a bit difficult and in my case, it was mostly because of the paperwork. And once the paperwork was done, everything went quite smoothly. Like the case is in India, the racers abroad too are very kind and they are always there to help you if you need them. But the competition, again like in India, is fierce.

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

Simranjeet Singh: Till now, apart from a few injuries that kept me out of the action for a while, I did not have a lot of trouble really. Obviously, the injuries hurt and then the worst part is staying away from your motorcycle for so long.

xBhp: Please tell us about the toughest race that you had to endure and why?

Simranjeet Singh: All the races are difficult because all the racers on the grid are out there to win and so are you. But the most difficult in recent memory was the February round of the BSBK. It took place at the Dubai Autodrome Circuit and the biggest difficulty was riding despite my shoulder injury. That was a really difficult and painful race.

xBhp: What is next for you?

Simranjeet Singh: Right now I am just planning and preparing for my next race series. I will be disclosing the details of it very soon.

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

Simranjeet Singh: Going over 300 km/h and approaching a tight corner and braking as late as possible… a lot of things about motorcycle racing are scary but they are also a part of the game. But crashes, which again are a part of the game are particularly scary. And when you break something, even more so and not only because of the pain but the fact that recovery takes time and you have to stay away from riding for a while.

xBhp: Where do you see motorcycle racing in the next 5 years as far as India is concerned?

Simranjeet Singh: I believe India still has a long way to go when it comes to motorcycle racing and there is scope for a lot of improvement. But in the future, I can see many racers from India on the international stage and making the country proud. The level of racing is growing in the country and the pace with which it is, I am sure we’ll soon have a lot of people representing India on the global stage of motorcycle racing.

xBhp: What would it take for India to have someone racing, representing the country at the highest level of racing, say, WSBK or MotoGP?

Simranjeet Singh: Firstly, talent and there is no shortage of that in our country. The skill levels of racers are at an all-time high and they are also willing to put in the effort. Now, what we need is support from the government and more sponsors in the form of manufacturers who can back the riders because as you know, motorcycle racing is an expensive sport.