Kartikeya Singhee has just finished a quick ride astride Mahindra Racing's manic Moto3 racer at UK's famous Silverstone circuit.
Think about it, how would you feel if you were told to drop whatever you are doing and instead drive an F3 racer flat out. And, don’t break it. And, try not to look like a fool, too. That’s what I felt like as I waited for my turn to ride Mahindra’s Moto3 racer. How hard can it be? As it turned out, plenty.
I was supposed to do one out-lap, two flying laps and one in-lap. It was over before I knew it. On a bike you need to be at least three steps ahead if you want to get what you want. But with this Mahindra Moto3, it just wasn’t possible. In the saddle, any previous experience of riding a motorcycle on a race track was of little help. Everything felt alien. The way the bike steered and braked, precisely and immediately, was mind numbing. The bike would tip into corners so quickly that it almost felt like it was falling down.
The 250cc race bred single accelerated with the vehemence of a much bigger bike. Accelerating down the straights wasn’t easy either. Going by the burst of speed I felt like rolling off the gas and going on the brakes half way down the straight. Aside from that, the seating position was a bit tight and the upside down gearbox took some getting used to. And, only a portion of the Silverstone circuit was used, which was all new to me. Continued..