Early on Saturday morning,a nervous Mohit Verma was repeatedly seeing the time on his watch as the drivers in the Moto-Quad category lined up for start up for the penultimate leg of the Desert Storm rally from Jamsar near Bikaner in Rajasthan. The 23- year-old was trailing Vijay Parmar by three seconds in and was lying second in the category. At the end of the day,it was all smiles for Verma as he emerged as the winner with a margin of 23 seconds over Parmar and lifted the title in his first Desert Storm Rally stint.
I was very nervous at the start of the leg. I had cut down the lead from ten seconds to three seconds and the overnight rain made conditions difficult for me. The track was full of water and we had also to encounter rains during the transport stage. I am happy that I was able to manage the stage with a good time. I knew my time was better than Parmar Sir but I was surprised that the difference was 23 seconds, said Chandigarh based Verma,who was taking part in his first Desert Storm Rally. Verma started racing in the year 2008 and took part in the SJOBA Rally where he finished at 14th place. A year later,Verma hogged limelight when he claimed the title in the Alpine category in the Raid De Himalaya before emerging as the winner in the Sjoba Rally in 2011. Continuing his winning run,the young biker went onto to win the Mughal Rally last year before claiming the title in the Indian bike category in the Raid De Himalaya last year.
It was my first rally in the desert. I had taken part in the rallies held across Himalayas and had never competed in sand. We made a few adjustments in the bike as speed is the key in desert. But tracking the route was always going to be a problem. In the four-wheeler category,one has the advantage of the navigator but as a biker,one is all alone. Sand makes the task more difficult as the route can be different in a matter of few minutes, said Verma,who returned with an overall time of eleven hours,fifty nine minutes and 14 seconds. With the next season seeing Verma taking part in rallies like SJOBA Rally,Mughal Rally and Raid De Himalaya,the biker is hopeful of winning more competitions and finding sponsors apart from his current sponsor KTM. I was fortunate that KTM has been supporting me since last year and it has been a huge relief. But I want to take part in rallies held across Asia and Europe. And for that I will need more sponsors. I am targeting wins in the domestic circuit and I am sure the experience will help me to achieve this target. Every biker dreams about taking part in the Dakar rally and I believe that it can happen for me, shared Verma.
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