Who says biking is only for men? Aishwarya Pissay a Bengaluru based biker proved the potential of women to become the first Indian to conquer the world title in motorsports. Hungary hosted the final round of FIM World Cup in the women category in which the Indian based drove her way into history.
First Indian world champion in motorsports
The 23-year-old won the first round in Dubai and was placed third in Portugal, fifth in Spain and fourth in Hungary. Calculating all the score, she makes a total count of 65 points; four points ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women. Claiming all extremity, Aishwarya Pissay became the first Indian to win a world title in motorsports.
Newsflash: Aishwarya Pissay of TVS clinches the Fim Baja World Cup 2019 Women's Category. She finished 4th in the Hungary Round which concluded today. #Fmsci congratulates India's first #FIM World Cup champion. pic.twitter.com/AefIpGM57D
— FMSCI (@fmsci) August 12, 2019
“It’s overwhelming. I am out of words. After what happened last year, my first international season, when I crashed in Spain Baja and experienced career-threatening injuries, to come out and win the championship, is a great feeling,” the world champion told.
“It was a difficult phase of my career, but I accepted in myself and was determined to get back on the bike which I did after nearly six months. So, winning the World Cup is tremendous for me and I will look to better my performance having achieved this experience,” she added.
Second place in Junior Division
The Bengaluru based rider also claimed the second place in FIM Junior category on Sunday. She had added 46 points on the total figure and fell short of 14 points to grab the first place. She fell behind championship winner Tomas de Gavardo of Chile who had 60 points.
“Without a doubt, this was one of my greatest races though I didn’t win. It wasn’t a simple race. Given the nature of the region, it was more of endurance than just pace. I was riding a shorter bike (250cc) as against the 450cc bikes other ladies were on. So, there was always a difference of 20-25 minutes between me and the other riders,” said the racer.