In the world of motorcycle racing, a rising star named Kadai Yaseen Ahamed, born in Chennai, India in 1997 is making headlines. He’s become a force to be reckoned with, particularly in the Pro-Stock 301 to 400cc class, where he clinched the Indian national championship in 2021.
Currently, he’s proudly representing the esteemed Petronas TVS Racing team. Now, he’s on the brink of making history as the first Indian rider to compete in the Moto3 category on September 24, and he’s also the lone Indian participant in the BharatGP 2023 event.
Early Days and Racing Introduction: Ahamed’s journey into the world of motorsport started back in his school days at Hindu High School in Chennai. His extraordinary talent caught the eye of Jagan Kumar, a multiple-time Indian motorcycle racing champion, while he was racing on the streets of Triplicane. Jagan Kumar introduced Ahamed to track racing in 2012.
Initially, Ahamed’s family had concerns about his racing career, but Jagan Kumar was able to convince them about the safety and potential of racing on closed circuits.
Impressive Achievements: At just 26 years old, Kadai Yaseen Ahamed has already achieved remarkable success in his racing career. He’s earned a wild card entry for the upcoming Bharat MotoGP round, happening at the Buddh International Circuit (BIC) from September 22 to 24. Ahamed will be riding a Honda NSF250R in this prestigious event.
His list of accomplishments includes winning the 2020 Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship (INMRC) in the Pro-Stock 301-400cc category. He’s also showcased his skills on the international stage, participating in the Thailand Superbike 400 series and the Asia Cup Japan. In 2023, he joined the Asia Road Racing Championship, representing the TVS Racing Team on the TVS RR310 OMC.
Debut in MotoGP Bharat: The upcoming MotoGP Bharat event, set to take place at the renowned Buddh International Circuit in Greater Noida, has attracted considerable attention from racing fans worldwide. Indian fans, in particular, are eagerly gearing up to support Kadai Yaseen Ahamed, a local talent hailing from Chennai.
Ahamed will be competing in the Moto3 category as a wildcard rider, sharing the track with Malaysia’s Shahril Danial Syahmi. This event, which is part of the 2023 MotoGP Championship, marks the 13th round and adds to the prestige of the Buddh International Circuit, which previously hosted three Formula 1 races between 2011 and 2013. In preparation for the MotoGP race, the circuit underwent modifications to meet FIM (Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme) standards, including adjustments to certain turns and the installation of safety features such as air fences and foam barriers.