I think it is a sign. How else does one explain getting the only championship-winning motorcycle on the grid via a lucky draw when you are the last to pick? Sadly, my dreams of landing the best, most-sorted motorcycle on the grid are dashed within seconds of me putting on my smuggest smile. And the man to burst my bubble is Aspi Bhatena.
Now, Aspi is a fellow journalist who is also an ex-racer. But, more importantly, he is responsible for building, prepping and keeping this entire fleet of Royal Enfield Continental GT Cup race bikes in excellent nick. And according to him - no matter the competition number or who raced the motorcycle - all bikes are identical.
So any advantage I imagined is suddenly non-existent. Then, to deflate me further, I have Soorya, the young and talented racer who won this year’s GT Cup championship on this very bike, walk up to me. He says, “Mind the grip from the rear tyres because there isn’t any.” What!