Hero MotoSports Team Rally Pilot
Bagged 23 titles in various Motocross, Supercross and Enduro championships from 1997 to 2008
Became World Champion of Cross Country Rally in 2013 & Vice World Champion in 2014
Came 2nd in 2015 Dakar and 6th in 2017 Dakar
Came 1st in Desafio Inca (Peru) both in 2017 & 2018
Came 1st in Desafio Ruta 40 (Argentina) in 2018
I was connected to bikes at an early age. My father owned a motorcycle workshop and took me to a track to practice. This led to me becoming a professional racer when I was 17.
MOST MEMORABLE EXPERIENCE DURING A RALLY
OiLibya Rally 2013 when I became Cross Country World Champion.
MOST CHALLENGING EXPERIENCE DURING A RALLY
My first Dakar in 2006. Each day was a challenge, a real personal growth.
Winning the Dakar.
FAVOURITE PART OF THE JOB
Everything in rally racing is interesting and exciting. The adventure, exploration, the unknown land, the navigation and all this is against the clock.
When I have a pause, I try to spend more time with family and friends.
MESSAGE TO BUDDING RACERS
This life isn't easy! You have to give away many things. But if this is your dream, you have to be very hardworking and focused. If motorcycling is your passion, you need to be persistent, with your eyes always on your goal.