Kalyani Potekar from Dewas, Madhya Pradesh has been into biking since the age of 18. Her biking journey began at a very tender age when her dad used to take her in the cradle on the track, and later she accompanied for Motocross events. She has seen her father battling out in dirt and that is what has motivated her the most. He is her true inspiration.
Her dad had Yamaha RX 100 modified for motocross and she still has one of them. Growing up with the bike, her instant choice was a green colored FZ-s for her in college. Presently, she owns Triumph Street Triple. She chose this bike as she feels it is a complete package of thrill; perfect for commuting as well as touring.
Her most memorable biking incident was her first knee drag! She completed level 1,2,3 training from the California Superbike School this year where she learnt to ride on the track. It was her first time on track and on the first day of training itself she go both her knees down. (Scrapped/dragged ). But she loved every bit of it.
A message that she would love to give is Be safe. Roads are meant fordestinations. If you wanna see a racer in you, hit the track. Satisfaction which you get on a track is unmatched. For the girls, never get influenced. There is a new world awaiting. Put the gears on and hit the track. It’s now or never. And yes, Safety plays a major role when you start your bike engines. Always make sure to wear proper safety gears. Safety begins from home! RIDE hard Ride SAFE!
On the current biking scenario, she says that she is glad to see that India is now focusing on giving the same platform to women as men. Special thanks to FMSCI. She wishes more and more girls make their way to motorsports.
Her personal achievements include getting Awarded Best Rider Girls trophy by Directorate General NCC Lieutenant General R.K. Karwal in Republic Day Camp, New Delhi- Jan 2011, Participation in world’s second toughest rally i.e. Maruti Suzuki Raid De Himalaya in 2013. Participation in Valley Run 2017 in Pune where she secured 11 th rank in the 600- 800cc category. Participation in Malwa Drag Race where she secured 1st place in the same category. She got first position in Formula Junior Racing Series at Kari Motorspeedway in May 2017 Recently, she got second place in the on going MRF National Championship in 165 cc category.and she also secured second place in Honda One Make Championship.
When not racing, she indulges in photographiy and adventure sports like paragliding, skiing etc. She looks forward to race on an international track and represent our country and make it proud.