Indian cricket captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is known for his passion for bikes, spent time riding his expensive X132 Hellcat bike on the Buddh International Circuit (BIC), country’s only Formula One track, to see what it feels like riding on a Formula 1 track. Other cricketers to were present at the track, including Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and Prgayan Ojha.
The cricketer’s presence at the Buddh International Circuit took officials present by surprise as they watched them enjoying a sport of a different kind and shaking off the built up tension of defending team Australia against whom the Indian cricket team has faced many defeats in the past. The team not only sped around the track, but even stopped at turns and surveyed the track while they also spent time in race control room.
According to a BIC official, MS Dhoni, owner of several superbikes, spent a lot of time on the track while Delhi-based Ishant Sharma came in an Audi RS5 and giving him company were Ojha and Rahane. Sachin Tendulkar, well-known for his love for F1 and fancy cars, and Kohli took to the track in instructor-driven sportscars. This was Dhoni’s first visit to the BIC.
Dhoni, however, got it slightly wrong by getting a bulky bike.
“Dhoni said to me he could not manoeuvre it as well as he could have with a sportsbike. Next time, he said he would get one of his many sportsbikes and keep it here. His passion for bikes was very much evident,” the official added.
The official added that Dhoni expressed his desire to be at BIC during the inaugural India-round of the Superbike World Championship (WSBK) in November. The skipper owns a team called Mahi Racing which competes in the World Supersport Championship, a support series to WSBK.
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