Am sure you had that feeling when you saw a MotoGP Rider racing through curves. The awe on your face when you see Valentino Rossi, Mike Hailwood, or Agostini racing and doing those bends through those tight corners. The first time you were behind the bar, you just knew that you belonged to the Track. And wanted to join a race academy.
Slowly you started that intoxication in each ride you made, be it a low displacement or a sports bike the likes of CBR and Ninja, and you just feel like you have a career on a professional level or in a race academy, but you don’t know where to begin and how to do it properly.
Here we’ll Reveal how to get into a race academy, The Federation of MotorSports, getting a license and starting a professional career.
Within these few years, India has become one of the largest automotive industry in the world. While also being a prominent market for the two-wheeler industry.
But still, how many do you think knows anything about Motorsport, Race academy or we can say MotoGP on a professional level.
The love for motorsports and the unbeatable passion has been a dream for many. Yet we don’t find any proper information to guide us through.
Well, that is why we are here. To share our thoughts and experiences and guide you about the world of motorsport in our country.
Joining a race academy and taking Bike racing as a career has always been a dream for many, but due to insufficient information and cases of road rage.
And When this happens most of the guys on the street resort to the road racing showing their skills.
The risk without safety gears, on public roads, You can Imagine!
The few big names you got to know before you get behind the Ride on a full-time basis are:
FMSCI : Motor Authority In India
The Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) is an Indian Motor Sports Organization controlled by The Apex Central body.
The FMSCI authority controls Motorsports in the country. Individuals applying for a license for any Motorsports are granted by them.
Nah, don’t panic. The FMSCI guidelines are also very reasonable and they are encouraging the younger generation of motor racing aspirants.
So the question is How do you get in their eyes and start racing on the tracks?
How to Get an FMSCI License?
Anyone holding a valid a two-wheeler license can apply to any professional racing contest held under FMSCI.
Minors who do not have the two-wheeler license, but still want to go for Professional Motorsport and intends to get the license can also apply. In terms of minors, parents need to duly sign an affidavit granting them approval.
The participants will have to appear for a test conducted by the FMSCI Club Members. Thereafter, the applicant can get their license once you pass the test.
But, before starting to race at a professional level you should get the required training and unfortunately, there are very few training schools/ racing academy present across the country.
And the people down in South India are more exposed to racing. No wonder it is called as the Mecca of Indian motorsports.
You will come across Race Academies, Training Schools, and Race Tracks with optimum Infrastructure for motorsports.
Race Academy in India are:
- APEX RACING ACADEMY.
- MADRAS MOTOR RACE TRACK.
- MECO MOTORSPORTS.
- MADRAS MOTOR RACE CLUB.
Test Your Skills At Racing Events:
Joining a Race Academy and spending time on the track and after polishing your skills. The next move is to test yourself in National events such as “One Make Racing” organized by manufacturers like Suzuki, Yamaha, TVS, and Yamaha.
Yeah, It’s like the Beat-down in the world of racing in India.
One Make Racing Events:
In a One Make Race event, includes many individual manufacturers that put together a race with the help of sponsors, of course. And the best part is that, in this event, the bikes used are being provided by the manufacturer firm, itself.
Guess, That got you smiling yet?
Provided by the manufacturer, there are usually 20 or more bike units which are all Race-prepared with super technical advancement.
The participants can enroll themselves and race at this event by paying an entry fee. That’s the scene with most events. And like we said, the participants will be provided with the race prepared Bikes. Plus there will be a full-fledged crew with mechanics in the pit.
If you think that is all, you are in for a surprise. TVS does not even charge for the accidental damages done to the motorcycle. And if that didn’t get your juices flowing, the same is applicable while even practising.
RACING TRACKS IN INDIA:
Though most of us dream about racing on the tracks and your lady watching us with a slight concern and her care become so visible when you remove that helmet, possibly on the podium.
But, how many of us know about all the race tracks in India? Okay, now let me break it down for you. There are three prominent and permanent racing tracks in India. The most famous of them being the Budhh International circuit which is located in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh.
Still didn’t run out of gas, and want to cross the finish line?
Kari Motor Speedway is a famous course built for only one thing. Just to burn the rubber, it is located in Chettipalayam, Chennai, India. The 2.1 kilometers long track first had a race in 2003.
National Championship races for go-karts, Moto GP, and formula racing events are held on this track. The track also has approved by big names like the CIK and FIA to hold races up to the third category in the world of formula racing.
The category of cars and bikes that race in this track includes Formula Maruti, Formula LGB, and Formula Rolon Chevrolet. Vehicle Tests, Driver Training, Racing and Karting schools are conducted at the track.
IRUNGATTUKOTTAI RACE TRACK
The most famous circuit located in Irungattukottai, Chennai, India is The Irungattukottai Madras Motor Race Track perhaps. Built in the late 1980’s and was inaugurated in 1990. Since then Racing has been a major part of the southern states.
The main circuit is 3.717 kilometers long with 12 turns and 3 straight drags. With the longest one being about 250 meters. The main (club) Circuit is 2.067 kilometers long and has 7 turns. Both the tracks are 11 meters wide on average with 12 meters at the start line. Operating in a clockwise direction.
And of course, there comes the big daddy.
The BUDHH INTERNATIONAL CIRCUIT:
The Buddh International Circuit is considered to be an Indian motor racing circuit in Greater Noida, Uttar Pradesh, India.
And guess what? After feedback from the teams on how the circuit could be altered to improve overtaking, the circuit design was changed. This made them make some minor changes. The hairpin turn was removed, and the track at the other side was widened to allow drivers to take different lines throughout the corner. Just to notch up the difficulty level of a not so experienced track.
Major events that were conducted :
- FIA Formula One
- Indian Grand Prix: (2011-2013)
- T1 Prima Truck Racing Championship by Tata Motors
- J-K Tyre FMSCI National Racing Championship by JK Tyre and FMSCI
So, after participating in “One Make Racing” and getting podium finish or maybe if not also. Even after hitting the tarmac hard a couple of times and you know that it is just a beginning. Then you are certainly in that group of men who are born to make their name in motor racing.
Everything big, once started where you and I are now On the streets. Now after graduating from the race events like One Make Race (Organized by Yamaha, TVS, Suzuki Motors), you have “Two Wheeler National Racing Championship”. But from here the game would get real serious and expensive as well.
In events like National Racing, you need to bring your own bike. Get it modified and make it fit for the race, you also need your mechanic by your side and not to forget the understanding of your machine and the passion for the sport of racing.
But, with that unbreakable will and the stubbornness that never dies out. The love for the Ride shall always open new roads in race academy ahead.
BEST OF LUCK!