ISP Delhi Bureau
Aishwarya Pissay is the first Indian to win a world title in motorsports. In 2019, Bengaluru-based biker Pissey made history by winning the FIM World Cup in women’s category after the final round of the championship in Varpalota, Hungary. The event organised by International Motorcycling Federation saw the Indian shine like a new star in the horizon of global adventure sports and put Indian women’s performance on the global motorsports map.
28-year-old Aishwarya is already breaking glass ceilings in the Indian circuit and off-road motorcycle racing field and her mark of being the first ever Indian motorsports athlete to win a world title makes her a class apart as an enduring role model for generations. She is the first Indian woman to win 7 Federation of Motor Sports Clubs of India (FMSCI) National titles, including 6 consecutive Indian National Rally Championship in two-wheelers from 2017 onwards.
Aishwarya started with Circuit Racing winning Honda one-make and TVS one-make titles and went on to win multiple Indian National Rally Championship (INRC – 2w) titles before moving to bigger cross-country rallies. She found her passion at a teenage age of 18 when she was out of school. She started to take interest in the sport by being part of small road trips in south India especially in the Bangalore-Mysore sector with fellow bikers. She took it up as a full time profession after she won National titles in both Road Racing and Rally Championships. She made headlines as won the INRC titles consecutively from 2017 to 2022.
Aishwarya became the first Indian woman to compete in the Baja Aragon World Rally in Spain held in 2018. She began her training in the Apex Training Academy in Coimbatore and her turning point happened in 2017 when she took a big step towards a professional career in motorsports by attending the California Superbike School. Indian bike leader TVS has signed Aishwarya Pissay on board as a factory racer. She has many awards to her credit including the Sportswoman of the Year Award by Autotrack Magazine and the TIE Young Achiever of the Year award in 2016. She won the Outstanding Women in Motorsports Award by FMSCI twice in a row in 2016 and 2017.
This young achiever’s journey has not always been easy. She suffered career-threatening injuries and she won over the tough phase of her life with a firm belief in herself and her determination to get back on the bike and get going for the victory.