Pissay finishes as top female rider in Dubai Baja event
Factory TVS rider Aishwarya Pissay was classified as the highest-placed female rider in the Dubai round of FIM Bajas World Cup.
After recovering from injuries sustained in Baja Aragon last year, Pissay headed to the UAE this week to rack up more international experience, albeit on a non-TVS bike.
She didn’t exactly start on a strong footing, suffering several crashes in Friday’s 201 km stage in the Al Qudra desert to wound up 31st in the table.
"It was a tough start to the rally,” she admitted. “I fell multiple times in the first 60 kms and lost lots of time.
“Also since the cars started ahead of bikes, the tracks were all quite deep and so I had to set my own track.
“Using the GPS Navigation took some time to get used to, but I was confident by the end of the stage.”
After Friday’s troubles, Pissay showed a marked improvement on the second day, which also comprised an almost equally-long 204 km stage, to finish 26th in the final overall classifications.
Crucially, she also picked up several points in the junior category, which would come handy if she contests more round of the World Cup later in the year.
"I am thrilled to have finished the rally as it is a confidence booster,” Pissay said. “Day 2 was much better for me as I made fewer mistakes and looked to pick up my pace.”
TVS is yet to reveal future plans for Pissay, but she is expected to make more international appearances this year, possibly even on Sherco TVS bikes.
The 23-year-old will focus exclusively on rallying this year, despite a strong track record in circuit racing, including the honour of becoming India’s first National Ladies class champion.
Photo by: Anand Philar
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