Indian biker Aishwarya Pissay rewrote history books by becoming the first racer from the country to clinch a world title in motorsports. She achieved the distinction after winning the FIM World Cup in women’s category in the final round of the championship in Varpalota, Hungary. The event was organised by the governing body for motorcycle racing in the world – the International Motorcycling Federation.
Aishwarya, who was a winner in the first round in Dubai and finished third in Portugal, fifth in Spain, concluded the rally with a tally of 65 points which was four points ahead of Portuguese Rita Vieira in the final overall standings for women.
Entering the Hungarian leg, Aishwarya (52 points) and Vieira (45 points) were the biggest contenders for the trophy. However, Pissay got 13 points for a fourth-place finish in Hungary. Vieira, on the other hand, could manage only 16 points after finishing third.
“It’s overwhelming. After what happened last year when I crashed in Spain. To come out and win the championship, it’s a great feeling.” Aishwarya told Times of India after the victory.
“An Absolute Honour…”
“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 six months. So, winning the World Cup is huge for me. It’s an absolute honour to be the first athlete to bring home a world championship title and put India on the map of international motorsports,” she added.
As a result of the victory, Pissay also ended in the second spot in the junior category which saw the participation of both men and women. Aishwarya finished with 46 points behind Chile’s championship winner Tomas de Gavardo (60 points).
Having conquered the Championship in Hungary, the 23-year-old now aims at making the country proud at the Dakar Rally.
“I hope I will be able to get more sponsors on board and eventually realise 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,” she said.
India’s governing body for motorsports, Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI), also congratulated Aishwarya on her groundbreaking performance.
“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,” FMSCI tweeted.
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/ftPndXOApv
— FMSCI (@fmsci) August 12, 2019