Revving engines, the smell of burnt rubber, and the intoxicating symphony of motorcycle exhausts filled the air as history was made at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida from September 22-24, 2023. It was an exhilarating and unforgettable moment for bike enthusiasts all across India as the first-ever MotoGP Bharat event of such colossal magnitude graced our shores.
Men and their passion for automobiles have always shared an unbreakable bond that transcends borders, and this event was the embodiment of that universal love affair. The world of MotoGP Bharat descended upon India with a resounding roar, igniting the hearts of fans who had eagerly awaited this moment for years.
A total of 82 riders from 41 different nations all over the globe took part in MotoGP Bharat, and across these talented gem racers, a 26-year old boy from Chennai represented India sole fully. Lets dig deep to know who he is?
Journey of Kadai Yaseen Ahamed representing India at MotoGP Bharat
Kadai Yaseen Ahamed is a young boy hailing from Chennai, India who had a childhood dream of becoming a motorcycle road racer. He completed his schooling at the Hindu High School in Chennai and figured there only that his heart could never reside in books and he should go for his passion. Currently, he has opted for a diploma in automobile engineering from Bangalore University.
At the age of 15, he was caught in illegal road racing within the city, unaware of the legal implications. During this incident only, a seasoned professional racer, Jagan Kumar, observed Kadai Yaseen Ahamed and his love for racing. After assessing him for a while he advised him to pursue a career in professional racing. This lighted the much-awaited match box for Ahamed and he discovered a dedicated racing track in Chennai marking the beginning of his racing career.
Challenges to his racing journey
Growing up in a decent family in Chennai, Kadai Yaseen Ahamed was always expected to have a ‘decent’ profession in life. The moment his family came to know his decision to pursue racing as a profession, they were in complete resistance. His mother’s supreme concern was his safety as most of the Indians get accidental thoughts the moment they hear racing.
Aligning his parents with his passion was the toughest task for him as bike racing was uncommon in his family and surroundings. A big thanks goes to the persuasive efforts of Ahamed’s coach who clarified the sport’s safety measures and convinced Ahamed’s family to reluctantly consent to his training.
At the age of 26, Kadai Yaseen Ahamed has already achieved remarkable success in his racing career. With a zeal to grow more every day, he is an inspiration to a lot of budding racers in India.
1. 2020 National Champion
Kadai Yaseen Ahamed was declared the 2020 National Champion for the pre-stock 400 class.
2. India’s wildcard entry
He was selected as India’s wildcard entry for the Motor3 category and he drove a Honda NSF250R at the event which is still a dream for many.
3. Many Worldwide championships
Alongside he has experience of competing in championships like Thailand Superbike 400 series, Asia Cup Japan etc. He also joined the Asia Road Racing Championship representing the TVS Racing Team.
All of his achievements put forward Ahamed as a perfect face who represented the nation at MotoGP Bharat with all his experience and perfection skills.
MotoGP event – A Dream come true for Kadai Yaseen Ahamed
It was a proud moment for me to be the only Indian who got the chance to represent my country at MotoGP Bharat. It was a big learning curve and the first step of my career.Kadai Yaseen Ahamed
The MotoGP Bharat event unfolded at the Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida and garnered attention from racing enthusiasts worldwide. Hundreds of people flooded Greater Noida to cheer for Kadai Yaseen Ahamed, a homegrown talent who competed in the Moto3 category as a wild card racer, sharing the track with Malaysia’s Shahril Danial Syahmi.
According to him, motorsports events like MotoGP Bharat are not mainstream in India. However he is optimistic about the influential positive impact such events can have on the budding riders in the country. Kadai Yaseen Ahamed and his remarkable journey from illegal racing to representing India in the MotoGP Bharat event uncovers the hidden potential for motorsports within the country.
With his dedication to advocating the emergence of more events like MotoGP Bharat, Ahamed envisions a brighter future for young and aspiring riders across the country, who are just like him but restricted to access resources. Mad4India wishes him luck in achieving his goal in life and awaits more success.
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