Bengaluru [India], August 7 (ANI): The promising 13-year-old rider, Shreyas Hareesh, from Bengaluru, met with a tragic fate following a racing mishap during the third round of the MRF MMSC fmsci Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2023 at the Madras International Circuit on Saturday. Hareesh’s unfortunate passing has left the racing community in shock and mourning.
Born on July 26, 2010, and a student at Kensri School in Bengaluru, Shreyas had been recognized as a rising star in the racing world. He had achieved multiple victories at the national level, including four consecutive wins in the Rookie category of the Petronas TVS One-Make Championship this season.
The Madras Motor Sports Club, the event’s promoter, took the difficult decision to cancel the remaining races scheduled for Saturday and Sunday out of respect for Shreyas’ memory.
Indian National Motorcycle Racing released an official statement confirming Shreyas’ untimely demise. The statement recounted the unfortunate incident, which occurred during the Rookie race where Shreyas had qualified for pole position. Following a crash, he sustained a severe head injury and was immediately attended to by medical personnel. Tragically, despite efforts to save him, he was pronounced dead upon his arrival at the hospital.
Reflecting on this heartrending incident, MMSC president Ajit Thomas expressed the deep sorrow felt within the racing community. He acknowledged Shreyas’ prodigious talent and his significant contributions to the sport, extending condolences to his grieving family.
Shreyas Hareesh’s journey had shown immense promise. Earlier this year, he secured the MiniGP India title and even participated in the MiniGP races in Spain, achieving notable fifth and fourth positions. His aspirations were set on the MSBK Championship 2023 at Sepang Circuit, Malaysia, in August, where he was scheduled to represent team CRA Motorsports in the 250cc category (Group B).
The passing of this young talent has cast a shadow over the racing community, highlighting the inherent risks and reminding all of the importance of safety measures in motorsports.