Dhoni unveils Mahi RacingBy Team Overdrive
Indian cricket’s captain cool, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, is known for his passion towards bikes, fast ones especially. And he took this association further when he formed a team that took part this season in the Supersport FIM World Championship. The team was called MSD R-N Racing Team India and despite entering only mid-way in the season pulled off some strong performances in the 600cc class including a podium finish. And now the team has undergone a change, in riders, in identity and in their targets.
Mahi Racing team India, as the team will now be called, has announced the signing of three-time and reigning world Supersport champion Kenan Sofouglu and Fabien Foret who finished fourth in the championship. Foret has won the title in 2002 and also has 24 podium finishes to his credit. The team also has a new logo and based on their form exhibited in the recently concluded season, and with Sofouglu in the saddle are aiming to challenge for the title in the Supersport category next season.
And boosting Mahi Racing’s chances will be the fact that Dhoni’s team will be factory team of Kawasaki and so they can expect maximum support in terms of technology. Apart from the two main riders, Mahi racing has also signed Dan Linfoot and Fabian Marino. The riders will be testing the Kawasaki Ninja ZX-6R during the official winter testing season. With the SBK making its debut in the Buddh International Circuit next season, you can expect a lot of support for Dhoni’s team from the country.
Arun Pandey, chairman and managing director of Mahi Racing said that the team’s performance this season had helped them take the next step forward. “We were targeting mid-table finishes to form a base for the next year. But the team put up a sterling performance and created history by pulling off a podium finish after just five rounds. Our rider Dan Linfoot finished a remarkable third at Magny Cours, France. Our crew did an outstanding job by setting up the team within such a short time,” Pandey said during the event.
Dhoni also announced his intention of setting up a riding school in India with the aim of helping Indian riders break into the international arena. Sources say that the team is considering setting up the school in BIC and at the MMST track in Chennai. All of this only translates into good news for the Indian racing fraternity.