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TVS Racing signs up first woman rider

Alka Kshirsagar Pune | Updated on January 20, 2018 Published on April 26, 2016

Shreya Iyer, first woman rider representing TVS Racing in Indian National Rally Championship. Photo: G Sampath Kumar   -  The Hindu

Shreya Iyer to represent TVS Racing in Indian National Rally championship

TVS Racing has signed its first woman rider – Shreya Sunder Iyer - to race for their team.

Shreya, 24, who is the first woman rider to be a part of any racing team in India, will be part of the TVS Racing team at the Indian National Rally championship this year.

Shreya who has a dream of building a career in motor racing began riding at 17 and became the first Indian woman rider to successfully complete a ride across the sand dunes in Dubai.

She has ridden extensively across India including the isolated Suru valley in the Himalayas and also completed a rigorous Southern India biking expedition of 2,000 kilometers in just 6 days.

In a statement, Arvind Pangaonkar, Head of Team TVS Racing said, “We believe that her participation will encourage women to consider racing as a career. TVS Racing is strongly committed to promote 2-wheeler racing in India and generate interest and improve support for the sport in India. We make continuous efforts to take the sport to as many section of the society as possible and create the ultimate machine and promote the riders for these machines.”

Shreya Sundar Iyer added, “I am proud to be a part of the TVS Racing team. TVS Racing is by far the best Indian racing team with the best motorbikes and trainers. This association will help me work with the best in class machines, racers and technology. I also hope to encourage young bikers, especially women to follow their passion for racing and live their dreams.”

TVS Racing began 33 years ago when Sundaram Clayton Limited (a TVS Group company) introduced its 50 cc mopeds into road racing. Since then it has been actively participating on and off- road racing events such as road racing, Super-cross and Motocross, Dirt Tracks, Rally etc.

In early 2015, TVS Racing became the first Indian factory team to take part in the Dakar rally, which is the longest and toughest rally in the world.

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Published on April 26, 2016
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