Pissay scores podium in women's class in Portugal Baja
Aishwarya Pissay scored a podium finish in the women’s category of Baja do Pinhal, the second round of FIM Bajas World Cup.
The event got underway with a short prologue run on Friday, followed by two long-distance stages on Saturday and Sunday. In all, riders completed 364.9 km in tricky terrains of Portugal.
Pissay endured a difficult start to the rally, suffering nerve damage on her right hand on Saturday.
Despite the inevitable pain she preferred to continue, successfully making it to the finishing line at the end of the day.
“I had problems using the throttle and because of that, I could not have the pace that I wanted,” she described.
“Otherwise, it was a good day of riding for me as I managed to finish the stage without any crashes.
“My performance could have been a lot better but I hurt the nerve on my right hand forcing me to take it easy on the bike.
Pissay eventually finished 29th overall after completing Sunday’s Special Stage of 173.42 Km with a strapped hand. She was placed third in the women’s category and fourth in the junior class, bagging 15 points.
Having scored 25 points in the season opener in Dubai, she now has a total of 40 points in her kitty.
"I am extremely thrilled to have completed this rally and collect points for the Baja World Cup.
“The rally was quite challenging with lots of enduro sections, but I managed to avoid any crashes.
“With the nerve strain on my hand, I couldn't push up my speeds and that affected my overall performance.
Pissay will next be seen in action in July when she competes in Baja Aragon.
“I will continue to train and learn from this experience to be fully prepared for the Baja Aragon, the third round of the World Cup in July 2019,” she said.
“With the experience and confidence I gained by completing the courses in Dubai and here, I hope to perform better in the third round in Aragon.”
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