After spending a little over two decades in Supercross and Motocross, I made my debut in off-road rally with Hero MotoSports Team Rally in 2016.
RATIONALE TO RALLY
After 27 years of racing professionally as a Supercross and Motocross rider, the opportunity to represent Hero MotoSports as a rider came as a welcome challenge that I accepted open-heartedly. I have always wanted to race at the Dakar and the offer to race against the best in the world was too good to be turned down.
The moment I crossed the last stage at Dakar, I was ecstatic. I almost had tears in my eyes. Finishing Dakar on my first attempt is a feeling that will always remain with me. I hope I have more of them.
During the second stage of the Dakar 2017, I had a crash that left me with a broken thumb. I had trouble continuing with the pain. However, it got better over the next week and I was able to complete the rally without any serious repercussions.
I like to wear my gear starting on the right side of my body, but I always put on my left glove first.
BEST PART OF THE JOB
As a rider, to get an opportunity to not only ride at Dakar but finish in the 12th position is as great as a job can get. The team behind me is helping me progress right, growing in a direction that is aligned with my goal of putting a mark on Dakar.
I like to spend my free time relaxing. I spend my off-days at home, spending time with my kids or playing an occasional game of golf or taking my cycle out for a ride.