Aishwarya Pissay is a professional motorcycle racer. Raised in Bengaluru, her love and passion for motorcycling happened by chance when she took a year off post-high-school in 2014. Aishwarya Pissay used to go riding with her college seniors around the city of Bangalore and that is where she picked up riding.
In pic: Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture and wrote, "Early Morning ride to the XBHP meet in Bangalore . In association with TVS and powered by Riding gear partners - @alpinestarsindia with the Exclusive Stella collection for women ,you girls should definitely check it out . #alpinestars #tvs #tvsracing #tvsracing_official #bilmolahelmet #xbhp #roadtripunited #instagram #instagood #motorcycle #motorcycles #biker #instamotor #sheisnotlost #instamotogallery #photooftheday #aishwaryapissay #girlswhorideind"
In an interview with mid-day.com's Chief Sub-Editor, Pissay speaks about the challenges she faced when she took up bike riding as a profession. Aishwarya Pissay said, "Coming from a conservative society, women racers or riders don’t get much support or recognition. However, I have always believed that riding a bike is not rocket science and if somebody else can do it, so can I. When it comes to racing, motorsport is an emerging sport in India, which is gaining impetus thanks to the efforts taken by teams such as TVS Racing. It gives me a great sense of pride to be associated with a name like TVS Racing who are supporting young riders to pursue their passion and have been committed to racing for over 35 years"
In pic: Aishwarya Pissay captioned, "She turned her can’ts into cans and her dreams into plans ! I hope you guys start planning too . Have a wonderful Thursday Picture Credits- @manpreet_photos . #instagood #instagramer #instagram #manpreetphotography #aishwaryapissay #girlswhorideind #fastandupindia #tvs #tvsracing_official #raiddehimalaya #candid #alpinestars #motorcycles #motorcycle #photooftheday #sheisnotlost"
24-year-old Aishwarya Pissay became the first Indian woman factory racer to compete in the Baja Aragon World Rally, an 827-km cross-country rally classic held in Teruel, Spain.
In pic: Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture captioned, "Secured 1st place in Class 8". Indian National Rally Championship Round 1"
Aishwarya Pissay had a near-death experience during her first rally as a biker, talking about it Aishwarya revealed the incident that took place in the Himalayas. "During my first Raid de Himalaya, I rode as a privateer and almost got killed. The rough terrain caused my front brakes to cut off and my gear lever had fallen off and I was stuck in a single gear. I almost fell off a bridge when I realised my brakes were not operating. It was quite an experience, but I was determined to finish the race," said the teen rider, who is an ardent follower of NBA and MotoGP."
In pic: Aishwarya Pissay spotted here enjoying a bicycle rickshaw ride. She captioned, "#throwbackmonday @whats_alemaari Just Posing.. Life around a celeb! PS : not me!"
Her determination to succeed helped Aishwarya carve a name for herself in the Indian racing scene in mere three years despite accidents and career-threatening injuries. "There are injuries and falls, but that doesn't stop me from pursuing my passion. I may break my bones falling off a staircase or on the road, so I might as well do it while doing what I like. In fact, I broke my collar bone during practice last year. But neither my coaches nor my family discouraged me. They were right beside me, encouraging me to prepare for the next race. Within three days I was doing physiotherapy and on the sixth day, I was racing," said Aishwarya
In pic: Aishwarya Pissay shared this picture captioned, "Everyone has good and bad in them. Upto us how we use it. Picture credits- @iklikk #catsofinstagram #photooftheday #instagood #aishwaryapissay #ap29 #me"
For Aishwarya, it was not just injuries, being a woman in a male-dominated sport is not easy and that was a big hurdle she had to overcome. "When I started, there were many people putting me down, asking me to do a nine to five job. But now, with my third year in this sport, people who earlier discouraged me, are very supportive. But yes, I had to face a lot of discouragement back in those days. I let my performance do the talking and then everything fell in place. I no longer had to defend myself." Aishwarya is now ready to back herself and zoom away to glory.
In pic: Aishwarya Pissay captioned this picture, "The best accessory a girl can own is her confidence !! Picture Credits - @apax7887"
In an interview with mid-day.com, when asked about her favourite sports stars, Aishwarya Pissay listed PV Sindhu, Mary Kom, Saina Nehwal and Serena Williams.
When asked about her favourite racer, Aishwarya Pissay replied, "Laia Sanz"
Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture captioned, "It was wonderful meeting you at the Airport today!! All the best for your movie @danishsait @humblepoliticiannograj Picture credits- @oneplus_india @oneplus #HUMBLEPOLITICIANNOGRAJ #danishsait #aishwaryapissay #airport #oneplusindia #oneplus5t #oneplus #adidas #motorcycle #motorcycles #instadaily #movie #celebrity #instagood #photooftheday #me #smile #followforfollow #instagram #lifeintheairport #travelphotography #traveller"
Aishwarya Pissay shared this picture from a bike launch captioned, "The smell of the burning wheels is what satisfies my hunger!Official launch of the new TVS bike TVS Apache RR 310"
Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture captioned, "Fangirl Moment It was pleasure meeting @jackmilleraus at the @asiatalentcup selections. He’s such a humble and down to earth person . #asiatalentcup #sepang #talent #jackmiller #aishwaryapissay #girlwhorideindia #motogp #fanmoment"
Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture captioned, "Extremely sad to hear about @aravind_kp and @adrienmetge crash at #Dakar2018!! They fought really hard! I wish them a speedy recovery & hope to see them in action soon! And Wishing @joanpedrero all the best #TVSRacing #sherco #racing #instamotogallery #instamotor #instagood #instagram #instagramers #riderslife #instadaily #cc #aishwaryapissay #ride #supermoto"
Aishwarya Pissay posted a picture with a couple of co-guests at an event
Aishwarya Pissay captioned this picture as, "A day well spent being a Guest speaker for wonderful event alongside with @sita.raina @yash_aradhya #tvsracing_official #aishwaryapissay #ap29 #redbullindia #me #planetdsg #alpinestarindia #roadtodakar #powerofsubconsciousmind #thesecret"
Aishwarya Pissay captioned this picture as, "I love the feeling of pushing myself to the edge and pushing beyond what I think is possible. @man_made_machines
#tvsracing_official #aishwaryapissay #ap29 #shercoracingteam #redbullindia #bearclaw #me #planetdsg #alpinestarindia #roadtodakar #powerofsubconsciousmind #thesecret #spain #bigrockdirtpark #bigrockspainssible"
Aishwarya Pissay captioned, "Self-Worth . Self-Love. Self-Esteem. Self-Motivation. Self-Confidence. All of these things are Self-Empowerment. Always believe in yourself even if nobody else doe"
Aishwarya Pissay captioned this photo, "Coach and Athlete "A coach is someone who tells you what you don't want to hear, who has you see what you don't want to see, so you can be who you have always know you could be"- Tom Landry"
Aishwarya Pissay shared this picture and captioned, "Opportunity are usually disguised as hard work, so most people don't recognize them". I was one of them as well, when I didn't do well in my 12th I definitely thought that was the end of my life like every other teenager. But little did I know that 2 years later I will be a motorcycle racer winning about 4 championships in both Off road racing and On road racing. Some said I couldn't do it , but I did it and guess what ?? It's was only the beginning!!!"
Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture captioned, "The Star Excursion Balance Drill (SEBD) is a dynamic workout that helps improve strength, flexibility, and proprioception . It is a measure of dynamic balance that provides a significant challenge to athletes . ."
Aishwarya Pissay shared this picture from a racing competition captioned, "As I brace up for the 2018 racing season, helping me take things a notch higher is @AlpinestarsIndia!Alpinestars is my Official Riding Gear sponsor for 2018! They not only double up as my guardian angels on-track and off-road but also make me look like a princess in this brand new shining armor!Couldn't have asked for a better start for this year. "
Aishwarya Pissay captioned, "One of the most humble , down to earth and knowledgeable person in the Automotive industry !! Needless to say he’s famous too !!! Who is None other than @shu_mar !! It was wonderful meeting and riding along with you at the track Sir !! Picture Credits- @atulhaldankar #instagram #instagood #automobile #bike #tvsracing_official #apacherr310 #apacherr310launch #tvs #apache #aishwaryapissay #launch #track"
Aishwarya Pissay posted this picture and wrote, “Being happy” never goes out of style ! #insta #instagood #instagram #beinghappy #style #aishwaryapissay #girlswhorideind"
Aishwarya Pissay set a record as she became the first Indian woman to clinch a world title in motorsports. The girl from Bengaluru also came second in FIM Jr category. Aishwarya overcame many hurdles, including a near-death experience in the Himalayas to make a mark in the tough sport of motorcycle racing. As the female pro biker turns 24 today, we showcase her story in pictures. (All pictures courtesy/ Aishwarya Pissay Instagram)
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