Rally racer Aishwarya Pissa won the FIM Bajas World Championship, becoming the very first Indian to own a world title in motorsports. Participating in the Women’s Category, she was in the lead, having secured podium finishes in two out of four rounds of the competition.
Congratulating Aishwarya on her big win
Twenty-three-year-old Aishwarya from Bengaluru finished fourth in the last round of the championship that was held in Hungary on Monday. Starting the Hungarian Baja with a seven-point lead, the fierce rider was able to maintain momentum throughout a rather difficult 590 km. She was among the five riders who participated and scored crucial points towards the end, which helped her secure her position.
Prior to this, Aishwarya won the first round in Dubai and came third in Portugal, and fifth in Spain. She entered the Hungarian leg with 52 points and was a top contender for the grand title. Her win at the fourth place got her another 13 points. The event was conducted by the International Motorcycling Federation, the governing body for motorcycle racing in the world.
Putting India on the global motorsports map
After the event, Aishwarya spoke to the Times Of India, expressing her delight and honor to put India on the global motorsports mad. She said: “It’s overwhelming! After what happened last year, when I crashed in Spain, to come out and win the championship… it’s truly a great feeling!”
Further, she spoke about how her injuries back then had taken a toll on her self-confidence as an athlete. She said: “When I suffered career-threatening injuries, it was a tough phase of my life… but I believed in myself and was determined to get back on the bike, which I did in nearly 6 months. So, winning the World Cup is huge for me. It’s an absolute honor to be the first athlete to bring home the world championship title, and put India on the world map of motorsports.”
Now, the young woman dreams of making India proud at the Dakar Rally. She said: “I hope I will be able to get more sponsors on board and eventually realize my dream of participating and finishing the Dakar Rally, which is considered the world’s most difficult cross-country race. In any case, I will pursue that dream—no matter what!” The Federation of Motorsports Club In India congratulated Aishwarya. They wrote: Aishwarya Pissay of TVS clinches the FIM Baja World Cup 2019 in women’s category. FMSCI congratulates India’s first-ever FIM World Cup champion.” Aishwarya, who began biking only 5 years ago, is also the first Indian woman to win five national road racing and rally championship titles. Ride on, Aishwarya! We’re proud of you.