Sarath forced to take a break

Sarath forced to take a break

Lack of support has managed to break the hopes and dreams of another promising talent in the country.

After shuttling between driving a taxi back home in Chennai and riding a 125 cc motor cycle in the Italian Championship for a couple of months, India’s first MotoGP rider Sarath Kumar has decided to take a break due to personal reasons.

The Mahindra Racing representative, who enjoyed his share of success in the 125 cc Italian Championship this year after representing India through Ten-10 racing the 125cc class of the MotoGP last year, had taken to driving a taxi as result of the poor financial conditions at home.

The Chennai-born rider released a statement on Friday, stating he needed to focus on his family at the moment.

“This has been a very tough decision for me. Racing is my passion but I have to fulfill certain personal commitments here in Chennai.

“I have therefore decided to take a break from the Italian Championship and focus on my family. It’s been a great learning experience being part of the Mahindra Racing team for the Italian Championships.

“I am really grateful to Mahindra for supporting me by way of a financial grant and for giving me the opportunity to compete internationally. I look forward to returning to the circuit soon,” said Sarath.

Mahindra Racing has decided to respect Sarath’s decision and has relieved him from his contractual obligations.

Sarath, who supports his mother and a younger sister, participated without pay and was on the look out for sponsors since becoming the first Indian on podium in the Italian championship.

Interestingly, no more than a week ago, Jaypee Sports International, owners of the Buddh International Circuit, signed up to host the Super Bike Championship in March next year and have also promised to host the MotoGP in the next couple of years.

India is the next big destination as far as hosting international motor sport events goes, but it doesn’t seem to making too much of a difference to the ones who practice the art in the country.

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