Upholding the legacy and
showcasing its commitment to fuel excitement for motorsports in the country,
Harley-Davidson India debuted its very first Flat Track experience in India for
Led by Marco Belli, the
International Flat Track legend and master of the Di Traverso school in Italy,
a special tw- day masterclass and training session was conducted for a select few
at John Singh Speedway in Shahpura (near Jaipur). The enthusiastic bunch shared
a great camaraderie on and off the track as they learnt tips and tricks from
Marco Belli while being trained in the techniques of handling a Flat Track
motorcycle. Day one was dominated by introduction to Flat Track and training
sessions while Day two saw thrilling races amongst the participants.
Flat Track racing calls for
motorcycles that can cater to the unique requirements of the sport. For this
purpose, four Harley-Davidson Street Rod motorcycles were specially customised
by Vijay Singh Ajairajpura of Rajputana Customs. Under his expertise, the
Street Rod showcased its versatility, from being the master of the street to a
purpose-built Flat Track motorcycle with modified handlebars, seat units, fuel
tank, exhaust, wheels and tyres.
Flat Track Racing, one of the
oldest forms of motorcycle racing has its roots in the early 1900’s and it
slowly gained immense popularity during the 1920’s. Unlike motocross or road
races where the riders are spread out over a large area, a spectator in the
stands at a flat track race has access to thrilling action at all times. This
popular sport also shares a storied legacy with Harley-Davidson.
The brand enjoyed a strong dominance on the dirt
track starting with Joe Petrali in the 1930’s. Thereafter several
Harley-Davidson riders have won numerous accolades and the brand continues to
show dedication towards the sport with the all new American Flat Track racing
team announced in early 2018. Harley-Davidson has also recently announced its
second Year as Official Motorcycle of AFT Twins presented by Vance & Hines.
As the American Flat Track enters its 65th consecutive year of competition,
Harley-Davidson looks to build on its astounding 680 victories in the class.
Peter MacKenzie, Managing
Director, Harley-Davidson India and China said, “Marco Belli has a long
standing association with Harley-Davidson and we’re extremely happy to have him
lead the first Harley-Davidson Flat Track experience in India. With this
endeavor, we wish to garner more acceptance for the sport, encourage the
setting-up of amateur flat tracks in the country and continue to fulfil dreams
of personal freedom through riding experiences and events curated for
Talking about this project,
Vijay Singh Ajairajpura said “We designed the first purpose-built
Harley-Davidson Street 750 that was showcased during the exhibition rides at
India Bike Week in 2017. The Street Rod is a versatile machine that holds well
not only in the urban jungle but also on the dirt track. We are extremely proud
to have been associated on this journey with Harley-Davidson.”
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