To become a professional motorcycle racer in India, there are several steps that racers take:
Yamaha Riding Academy:
Yamaha has established a Riding Academy in India, which provides basic and advanced level training to riders of all age groups and skill levels. They have trained riders from all over the country who have gone on to compete in various levels of national racing.
TVS Racing Academy: TVS Racing Academy is a one-of-a-kind racing school that provides training and resources for aspiring racers. They offer various level of training program like Novice, Intermediate and Advance level programs.
Rajini Academy of Competitive Racing: This academy is based in Chennai and it is the first ever motorcycle racing academy in India, which provides comprehensive training for racers of all levels. The academy is headed by Rajini Krishnan, who is a renowned Indian motorcycle racer.
MSR Indimotard Racing: This racing school, is run by former Indian National Superbike champion, Immanuel John. They offer a variety of track training and racing programs to riders of all skill levels.
Honda Ten10 Racing: This Honda-run academy offers track riding and racing lessons for riders of all ages and skill levels, with Honda CBR 250R as the training bike.
Getting sponsors as a motorcycle racer can be challenging, but there are several strategies:
Build a racing resume: Competing in local, regional, and national races and achieving good results can help you build a racing resume that showcases your abilities and potential.
Develop a strong online presence: Having a strong online presence can help you gain exposure to potential sponsors. This includes having an up-to-date website, social media accounts, and an active blog.
Network: Networking is an important aspect of finding sponsors. Attend racing events, meet other racers and industry professionals, and make connections.
Be professional: When interacting with potential sponsors, be professional and demonstrate that you are serious about your racing career.
Be creative and make yourself stand out: be creative and think of ways to make yourself stand out from other racers. Having a unique angle, something that makes you different from others.
Be persistent: Finding sponsors can be a long and difficult process, so it’s important to be persistent. Keep reaching out to potential sponsors and following up with them regularly.
The amount of money that a motorcycle racer can earn in India can vary widely depending on a number of factors such as
Riders at the top level of the sport, such as those competing in the Indian National Racing Championship (INRC) series and/or in the international circuit can earn a good sum, with top riders earning as much as a few Lakhs ( 100,000 INR) to several Lakhs (500,000 INR) per year through prize money, sponsorships, and other forms of compensation.
However, for most of the riders that are at lower levels or just starting out, earning a living from racing alone can be difficult, as the prize money in these events is relatively low, and the expenses for racing such as travel, equipment and maintenance can be high.