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Motorsport in India – Racer needs your help to defend international title

 
Motorsport in India - Rajini Krishnan crowd sourcing

Rajini fended off ex-Moto2 racer Muhammad Zaqhwan Zaidi from Malaysia to win his 2015 championship title.

Rajini Krishnan who is responsible for making the Indian flag fly high for the first time at several overseas motorcycle races is in need of our support to defend his international championship title. The 34-year old Chennai rider returned home with the 2015 Malaysian Superbike Championship (1,000 cc) but his 2016 campaign to retain the trophy is facing financial hurdles. The problem with motorsports in India is the lack of TV coverage which results in lack of interest from potential sponsors.

The 2016 Malaysian Superbike Championship is slated to commence later this month and Rajini hasn’t been able to secure a single corporate sponsorship yet. To know that not even a single Indian company came forward to support the country’s most successful motorcycle racer in an international championship is appalling, to say the least.

Rajini Krishnan crowd sourcing

Rajini is the first ever Indian to win Losail Asian Championship in Qatar, Malaysian Super Series Championship and Malaysian Superbike Championship.

With corporates having failed him, the champion has floated a crowd sourcing campaign on Ketto to fund his efforts to bring home the second consecutive Malaysian Superbike Championship. So far, the campaign has managed to raise INR 1.9 lakhs from 88 backers. With only 23 days to go, Rajini needs all the financial help fellow motorcycle enthusiasts can muster.

The motorcycle racer will be piloting a Kawasaki ZX10R fielded by Chia Motor Racing. The team will be taking care of 50% of his funding.

Rajini Krishnan 2015 Malaysia Superbike Champion

He will be racing a Kawasaki ZX10R on behalf of Chia Motor Racing at this year’s championship in Malaysia. [Image: GPMalaysia.com]

Rajini Krishnan is the only Indian to win three international motorcycle championships – 2008 Malaysian Super Series (150 cc category), 2012-13 Losail Asian Championship in Qatar (600 cc category) and the 2015 Malaysian Superbike Championship (1000 cc category). He is also the 9-time Indian Road Racing Champion under various categories and has a handful of international podium finishes to his credit.

You can help him defend his Malaysian Superbike Championship by contributing via this link. Remember, if you contribute and Rajini wins the championship in 2016, you can proudly say that you have played a part (irrespective of the size of the contribution) in his success. We already contributed to his Ketto crowd sourcing fund. Your contribution will make a difference too!

 

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Nithyanandh Karuppaswamy

Winner of national level automotive quiz competitions, Nithyanandh aka Nithz jumped into the blogosphere right after gaining a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Love for automobiles and an even greater drive to share his knowledge with the automotive community, Nithz is Deputy Editor at RushLane.

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