NEW DELHI: India captain MS Dhoni has taken his passion for motorcycles to another level by launching his own racing team for the prestigious FIM Supersport World Championship.
The event is a support race for the World Superbike Championship, and will feature an India race, at the Buddh International Circuit, in March 2013.
Dhoni's team, named 'MSD R-N Racing Team India', entered the 17-race championship in the 10th race at Brno in the Czech Republic, and will compete in the full season in 2013.
Dhoni's love for bikes is well known. His collection includes a Harley Davidson, a Yamaha 650cc, a Kawasaki Ninja, aside from four-wheelers such as the H2 2009 Hummer SUV and a Mitsubishi Pajero.
He reportedly owns 14 motorcyles, including the latest addition - an X132 Hellcat reportedly at a whopping cost of Rs. 28 lakh.
Dhoni's racing team has two riders in Florian Marino of France and Dan Linfoot of Great Britain.
Marino is a four-time Superstock 600 race winner, and was a full time Honda WSS rider last year. Linfoot had won two Superstock 600 races in 2008.
The squad has its base at Yeovil in the UK and technical director will be Andrew Stone.
Team principal Amit Sandill said the they aim to popularise and grow the game in Asia.
"We are looking at it from the long term perspective. Trying to grow the sport in Asia. The sport itself is in a pretty nascent stage in Asia so this is a first step," Sandill
had said at the July launch.
"Trying to get to the championship and making a kind of mark in the championship and then take the sport to India and then other countries in Asia. We would also like to start a Racing Academy. Behind all this is the passion, which comes as a bonus," he added.