The MotoGP championship is the ultimate goal for aspiring racers. And being a part of TVS’s 2019 Young Media Racer Programme, I’d like to consider myself an aspiring racer. Now, apart from training on the track, the greatest of racers like Valentino Rossi, Casey Stoner, Marc Marquez or heck, even the legendary Lightning McQueen trained off-road in the dirt in their rookie days.
So, TVS wisely invited us for a day of off-road training at their training facility in Hosur, near Bangalore. Our coaches were the best in business; Aravind KP, Dakar Rally rider for TVS-Sherco and Abdul Wahid Tanveer who recently finished on the podium at the 2019 Desert Storm Rally. While these coaches rode the maniacal RTR 300s, we were astride the rally-ready versions of the Apache RTR 200.