FIM Bajas World Cup 2019 season is the 8th season. It is an international rally raid competition for motorbikes and quads.
Aishwarya Pissay was the first female racer from our country to compete in the FIM Bajas World Cup.
The calendar for the 2019 season will feature four baja-style events. Some of the bajas are also part of 2019 FIA World Cup for Cross-country Bajas.
TVS racer Aishwarya Pissay secured a podium finish in the women’s class of the two-day rally completing 29th overall.
FIM ( Federation Internationale De Motocyclisme) :
In 2004, the FIM celebrated its centenary. It was founded in December 21, 1904, in the rooms of the restaurant Ledoyen in Paris, under the name Federation Internationale des clubs motocyclisters.
The birth of this federation was premature. In July, 1906, on the occasion of the International Cupin Patzau, Bohemia, the delegates of the participating countries – Austria, France, Germany and Great Britain unanimously decided to dissolve the FICM.
Five years later, the Auto-cycle union of Great Britain took the initiative oc calling a meeting which was held at Olympia in London on 28th November 1912. The FICM was re-established inorder to control and develop sporting and touring aspects of motorcycling and to assist motorcycle users in those fields.
The ten countries which are considered as the official founder of the FICM are : Belgium, Denmark, France, Great Britain, Italy, the Netherlands and the United States, Germany, Austria and Switzerland.
Aishwarya Pissay – FIM Bajas World Cup 2019 :
Aishwarya Pissay is an Indian off-road racer. She is the first Indian woman to win 5 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship combined. She found her passion in racing as she turned 18, while taking small road trips around her home town Bengaluru.
She is a young women achiever from Bengaluru making name in International racing.
Interest in riding-FIM Bajas World Cup 2019 :
After completing her commerce degree through correspondence from Bangalore University, she continued with the passion of her life, riding. After enrolling for a formal training, she started riding in competitions in 2016, and has been supported by TVS Co. from last year. She participates both in circuit races and off-roading raids. For her whether it is circuit or off-roading, it is raiding at the end of the day.
Consequently she learned how to master the art of riding a bike. This hobby grew into a profession as she won 4 National titles in Road Racing and Rally Championship in 2016 and 2017 and competed in the National Rally Championship in 2018, winning it as well. She also became the first Indian woman to compete in the Bajaj Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018.
She has seen ups and downs in her path to success. She is good in breaking barriers at every step to achieve what she aims for. The young achiever believes that a lot more is to be done for the cause of women in motor-sport.
Career – Aishwarya Pissay :
In 2016, Aishwarya graduated from Apex Racing Academy and won the Honda One Make Championship. She secured 5th position in the Dakshin Dare and 2nd place in the Asia Road Racing cup. She also won Indian National Rally Championship in the year 2016.
In 2017, Aishwarya won the CEAT Sprint Rally and also graduated from the California Superbike School in 2017. She won the Indian National Road Racing Championship and the Indian National Ra;;u Championship in the same year.
Aishwarya secured 3rd place in Dakshin Dare Group – B and finished 4th in the Raid De Himalaya and was the only female rider to complete the course in the “Xtreme” category.
Pissay also won the TVS one-make Road Racing championship in 2017, making this her 4th national championship overall. TVS Racing signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer in the same year.
In 2018, she won the Indian National Rally championship. She competed in the Bajaj Aragon rally, where she crashed on the final day of the event forcing her to retire from the event.
Aishwarya received the TiE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016 She also received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI in 2016. She received the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI for the 2nd consecutive year in 2017 and also the Sports Women of the Year Award by Autotruck Magazine.
FIM Bajas world cup rally 2019 :
The second round of the FIM Bajas World Cup Rally ended on 24th March 2019 and Indian riders Aishwarya Pissay and Ashish Raorane traversed the challenging terrains of Portugal to complete the gruelling rally. While Ashish managed to complete the race in 27th place overall.
Aishwarya finished in 29th place in the Baja do Pinhal. Pissay though managed to bag a podium in the women’s category of the rally with a third-place finish, was placed fourth in the junior category. The two-day rally saw the riders complete a course of 364.69 km.
Aishwaraya’s achievement at FIM Bajas World cup rally 2019 :
Pissay’s completion of the rally is commendable as the TVS racer managed to do so after enduring a nerve pull on her right hand during Stage 1 on 23rd. The injury affected her pace but she managed to complete both stages.
Speaking on her injury and the performance, the 23-year-old said, “I had problems using the throttle and because of that, I could not have the pace that I wanted. 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.”
Aishwarya’s participation in the rally :
Participating in the women category, Aishwarya Pissay completed an exhausting course of 364.69 Kms over two days. Though Bengaluru-based Aishwarya, a former Indian National girls racing and rally champion, finished 29th, overall in the two-wheeler class.
She was placed third and fourth in the women and junior categories, respectively, but not before enduring a nerve-pull on her right hand on 23rd March that cost her a lot of time. The podium finish here fetched her 15 points which took her World Cup tally to 40, following the 25 she received in the first round in Dubai, earlier this month.
Congratulations to Aishwarya Pissay on achieving this accomplishment.