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Exclusive: Gaurav Gill views the first Indian Supercross Racing League as a huge success, saying it “lived up to their promise.”

<p>Bengaluru will host the Indian Supercross Racing League’s (ISRL) final leg after two incredible performances in Pune and Ahmedabad. The Supercross extravaganza’s first season included athletes from both India and beyond who banded together to provide some intense action. Gaurav Gill, a prominent person in Indian motorsports, believes it’s an excellent venue for identifying the next big thing.</p>
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<p>Gill has decades of expertise and a solid name in the Indian racing scene. Three FIA Asia-Pacific Rally Championships have been won by him. He was the first Indian to win the championship as well. Additionally, he is the nation’s first participant in the World Rally Championship. He also became the first athlete in motorsports to get the Arjuna Award in 2019.</p>
<p>In an exclusive interview with News18 Sports, Gill expressed his opinion that the first ISRL was a huge success and that the Indian riders learned a lot from it as well.</p>
<p><strong>How do you feel about the ISRL so far?</strong></p>
<p>The league’s organizers have, indeed, fulfilled their promise. That is very wonderful. Additionally, as a group, we are pushing ahead with an increasing number of proposals to simplify the procedure and make it easier for riders, team owners, etc. This season, there are only three legs, which is a fantastic method to highlight the event. For season two, make it available to additional teams and sponsors.</p>
<p><strong>What are your thoughts on the event’s move from Delhi to Bengaluru?</strong></p>
<p>Regretfully, we were unable to pull it off in Delhi. That would have been a significant milestone, presenting the occasion in the country’s capital. Being a part of this is fantastic. As a team owner with Gujarat Trailblazers, I use my extensive knowledge spanning many decades to optimize our endeavors.</p>
<p><strong>In terms of exposure abroad and talent development, how do local riders gain from the Indian Supercross Racing League?</strong></p>
<p>To be honest, the Indian cyclists have a wonderful chance here. Usually, they don’t get the opportunity to ride with these foreign men. It’s also an excellent opportunity to identify and develop Indian talent. It will take some time, but they should be on level with the men from Asia/Pacific by season two or three.</p>
<p><strong>How much of a difference there is between Indian and foreign riders?</strong></p>
<p>Right now, there’s a big gap since exposure is everything. If I conduct one or two events year as opposed to ten, the opportunity to compete against the best athletes will allow them to observe their techniques and adjust their game appropriately.</p>
<p><strong>What is your opinion of the track after looking at it?</strong></p>
<p>It’s encouraging to see that this track is on a global scale. For the Indian bikers, this is something different. This supercross course is really intense. They mostly work on motocross rider projects. There are three types of jumps: technical, extremely high, and lower. They are not accustomed to the very accurate landings. That’s what I meant when I said that this was an excellent opportunity.</p>
<p>On February 25, several racer categories will compete in the last leg of the ISRL with the goal of winning the most points for their team.</p>
<p><strong>The races scheduled for the last leg in Bengaluru are as follows:</strong></p>
<p>450cc Internationals: 6 Minutes + 2 Laps; 85cc Juniors: 4 + 2 Laps<br />
Asia + India Mix, 250 cc, 5 minutes, plus 2 laps<br />
Six Minutes + Two Laps for 250cc International<br />
India-Asia Mix, 250 cc, 5 minutes + 2 laps<br />
Six minutes and two laps for 250cc internationals and six minutes and two laps for 450cc internationals<br />
Every Star Race: 450cc and 250cc; 8 minutes plus 2 laps</p>