Aishwarya Pissay is first Indian to win motorsports title!
History has been created! Bengaluru-based Aishwarya Pissay has become the first Indian to win a world title in motorsports. She won the FIM World Cup in women’s category after the final round of the championship in Varpalota, Hungary last week.
The event was conducted by the International Motorcycling Federation which is the governing body for motorcycle racing in the world. The FIM Bajas World Cup is the premier championship of baja-style rally raid racing, organised by the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) since 2012.
The 23-year-old TVS rider won the first round of the race in Dubai where she was the only woman biker in the fray. In the next three races, she was placed third (Portugal), fifth (Spain) and fourth (Hungary) and was the last finisher in the women’s category. She finished with a tally of 65 points, four points ahead of Portugal’s Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women. Aishwarya did finish with most points in the women’s category but was the only one who participated in all four rallies. The big advantage Aishwarya had over other riders was that she competed in all four races, which helped her stock more points and eventually finish on top.
Last season, Aishwarya competed in the Baja Aragon in Spain. However, she suffered a crash and had to undergo surgery and months of rehabilitation for a ruptured pancreas.
Baja 1000 is one of the most prestigious off-road races in the world. It is a Mexican off-road motorsport race held each year on the Baja California Peninsula. The race was founded by Ed Pearlman.