India’s Ultimate MotoStars to train with Castrol Honda LCR MotoGP in Europe


In a significant development for Indian motorsport, three of India’s Ultimate MotoStars, Pillarisetty Sai Rahil from Hyderabad, Jagadeesh Nagaraj from Bengaluru, and Padhmini Mohan Nair Soorya from Chennai, have been awarded the rare opportunity to train with the renowned Castrol Honda LCR MotoGP in Europe.

India’s MotoStars embark on a journey in Europe

This opportunity comes as a reward for their exceptional performance in India’s Ultimate MotoStars competition, held at the Kari Motor Speedway Racetrack in Chettipalayam, Tamil Nadu. The competition, launched in December 2023, aimed to uncover and nurture India’s most promising motorcycle racers.

The selection process was meticulous, with 240 participants shortlisted for city auditions in Chennai, Mumbai, New Delhi, and Kolkata. The top 18 finalists received advanced training at Kari Motor Speedway under the guidance of Indian racing legend Rajini Krishnan. The final winners were determined through a professional race conducted by FMSCI.

Rohit Talwar, Vice President and Head of Marketing, at Castrol India Limited, expressed his excitement about the success of the initiative, stating, “India’s Ultimate MotoStar is a phenomenal success, offering bike enthusiasts the opportunity to hone their skills under the guidance of expert professionals and unleash their full potential. We are thrilled to provide these young riders with a platform to showcase their talents.”

The journey of these three riders, from the auditions to the final races, will be aired in a special episode on MTV and a three-episode series on JioCinema.

Training with the Castrol Honda LCR MotoGP Team in Europe is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for these riders. It will provide them with exposure to international standards of training and racing, thereby enhancing their skills and performance. This training will also give them a unique insight into the workings of a top-tier MotoGP team, which will be invaluable in their future racing careers.

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