India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is known for his passion for bikes, launched his racing team in July which is now competing in FIM Supersport World Championship. The championship is a support race for the World Superbike championship, which will make its debut in India in March 2013.
The team, named as MSD R-N Racing Team India, entered the 17-race championship in the 10th race at Brno, Czech Republic. It is expected to compete full season in 2013. The team has two bikers in Florian Marino of France and Dan Linfoot of Great Britain. Marino is a four-time Superstock 600 race winner, and was a full time Honda WSS rider last year. Linfoot had won two Superstock 600 races in 2008. The squad has its base at Yeovil in the UK. Team principal Amit Sandill said the they aim to popularise and grow the game in Asia.
“We are looking at it from the long term perspective. Trying to grow the sport in Asia. The sport itself is in a pretty nascent stage in Asia so this is a first step,” Sandill had said at the launch of the team in July. “Trying to get to the championship and making a kind of mark in the championship and then take the sport to India and then other countries in Asia. We would also like to start a Racing Academy. Behind all this is the passion, which comes as a bonus,” he said.
According to the website of the team, Dhoni is part of the management while actor Nagarjuna Akkineni has been mentioned as a Director. Nandish Domlur, a cardiac surgeon by profession, is the CEO and Mangaging Director of the team.
Source – NDTV