Motorcycle racing has been an underrated sport in our country and having to pursue it requires a lot of passion and dedication. For Sandesh Prasannakumar, the sport has inspired him since the day he got his first bike at the age of twenty.
Being the first Indian to participate and win a P2 podium at the Thailand Superbike Championship, the journey for Sandesh has been a tough yet valuable one.
His debut win at the Nandi hill climb in the year 2011, his first race, was his voice of encouragement to pursue his passion. He moved on to finish as a runner up for the National Championship Group D 165cc Novice class and a runner up for the Yamaha One Make Championship in the year 2012 which led him to get selected in the Under bone Race in Indonesia. He also participated in the National Championship in the Honda 250cc One Make and Group C 165cc. In the year of 2015, Sandesh decided to take part in the Superbike Racing 1000cc and won both the MRF Superbike Cup races as a debut. This led to an offer to participate in the Malaysia Superbike Championship in the Superstock 1000cc category, the first of his international races, which he finished with a third podium position in Round 3.
He was also the first Indian to clock below 2:05Min in Budhh International circuit back in 2015.
The 2015 JK Type Superbike Cup in saw him with a 4second lead which ended up in faulty bike where he couldn't finish the race. The second race saw him qualifying at the third position and finishing the race at the third position too. This particular race had him injure his ankle after a crash.
In the year of 2016, Sandesh won the JK Tyre Championship aboard the Yamaha R1M, by a margin of 5 seconds.
The year of 2017 was a tough one after he injured his collarbone while testing his bike at the Budhh International Circuit. The recovery period was a lot comparatively, after the surgery. This situation pushed him to practice better and finish at fifth position in the Malaysia Superbike Championship 1000cc category. He also finished at the fourth position in the JK Tyre Superbike Championship, in the same year.
Every passing year, since 2011, proved to be a stepping stone into the realm of racing for Sandesh. Apart from regular practice sessions, being fit played a vital role too. He balances out his work and gym training on a daily basis. He is caught cycling, running and practicing on motocross bikes to improve his racing skills.
Training under various schools like the Yamaha Riding Clinic in the year of 2012 under Japanese rider Yoshiaki Kato, the California Superbike School in the year of 2013, training Under bone in Malaysia in the year of 2011 and 2014, training under the world championship rider Ricky Cardus and Spanish Flat Track Champion Ferran Cardus under the Suzuki Grau Team in Spain, have proved to be pivotal milestones in Sandesh’s career as a racer. They have inspired him to become a better version of himself in terms of racing. He also trains at Big Rock Motopark alongside CS Santosh in the Motocross and Flat track.
The year of 2018 seems to be a year of big dreams and hopes, for which he has been working really hard. He is participating in the Thailand Superbike Championship, one of the toughest motorcycle racing championships in Asia. He is looking forward to his Wild card entry into the Asia Supermoto Championship. The JK Tyre National Championship in Delhi, will also see him as a participant.
He requires immense support to achieve these goals and to make a mark as an Indian, in the spectrum of Motorcycle racing.
Sandesh has a slick chance to win the Thailand Superbike Championship provided he wins the last race which is scheduled in November. This will make him the first Indian to win this particular championship as well.
Sandesh has also eyes on participating in the Isle of Man TT for the year 2019 which is toughest road race in the world.
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1) Thailand Superbike Championship ( Actual Cost-15L)
Required Amount - 10Lacs ( Includes Bike rental, Mechanic and Team fees, Registration, Logistics like bike and Team transport, Tyre costs, Bike components, Travel, practice fees, Pit rental, Accommodation etc for 4round championship)
2) JK Tyre superbike cup - 5Lacs ( Includes bike transport, Track day fee, Tyre cost, Travel & Accommodation, Team fees).
3) Fitness Training - 2Lacs ( Includes personal fitness training , nutrition & Supplements)
4) Bike Training cost -- 3Lacs ( Includes practice bike, track rental, track day fee, logistics, training school, trainer fees etc).
Money Raised will be used for Thailand Superbike Championship / JK Tyre Superbike Cup / Bike Training for races / Fitness training.
All expenditure accounts or valid receipts can be submitted for reference.