Sandesh Prasannakumar, a superbike racer and businessman from Bengaluru has made India proud. He is the first Indian to stand on the podium - in the 1000 cc SB2 category during Round Two of the PTT BRIC Thailand Superbike Championship 2018 at the Chang International Circuit in Buriram, Thailand, on July 15 after finishing second, riding on Kawasaki ZX-10R.
He spent last one and half years in circuit racing and is looking forward to two more rounds of the Thailand Superbike Championship in August and November. He has also won accolades in 2016 JK Tyre Superbike Cup and third-place at Malaysia Superbike Championship in 2015.
Sandesh has put in lots of efforts, right from preparation to getting the bike ready for this feat. His passion for riding started when he completed the Nandi Hill Climb in 2011 and there was no stopping then. After competing in the Malaysian Superbike Championship in 2015 and 2017, Sandesh switched over to Thailand after being put through to his team by a racing enthusiast called Rajiv. The Chailai Racing team welcomed him and Sandesh now feels the move has paid off. He feels that Thailand Superbike Championship is more competitive and aggressive than the Malaysian Superbike Championship.
He feels that there is something about the race track that gets him going. He suffered a career-threatening injury in January 2017 at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida. He was trying to set a lap record and with only the front tyre warmed up, he ended up crashing and breaking his collar bone. That's why the podium finish is all the more special to him!
Hailing from a middle class family, he says that there are many challenges for circuit racing in India. He heartfully thanks CS Santosh, another rider from Bengaluru and a renowned name in big circuits, for giving him access to his private training centre in Kolar where he has great chance to train, do motocross, improve fitness, enduro ride etc. He says that circuit racing, being in the nascent stage, there are many challenges but hopes to make India proud by overcoming everything.
Sandesh still has two rounds left in Thailand. And the next time he finishes on podium, he hopes that he's not alone. He wishes that India celebrates with him.
Throttle Team wishes him good luck for his bright future!