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Yowanki Joel Nongrum

i, THe biker
21 Year Old

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Riding Experience

No. of Years of track riding/racing : 8,
Track Racing events participated in : 5 events in North East India

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For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?

I personally would state that,being a motorcyclist is about the passion that you have towards the machines of different torques and riding types. I feel privileged and content to be a motorcyclist coming from a small community and being able to express my passion for motorcycling. It is a wonderful feeling, beyond words. Some think that by riding 100's or 1000's kms on a bike,they consider themselves to be one and some believe as to prefer riding on just Sunday’s or get their hands dirty on their bikes or rebuild their bikes from old parts and so on. But to me being a biker is more than that, it’s being more that what goes with the normal flow or care about what people thinks. Its a feeling of brotherhood amongst other bikers irrespective of any caste, creed or color. Being a motorcyclist is more than words and acts, its a state of mind.

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How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

Ever since i was a kid i had interests for motorcycles. i started riding at the age of early 10's. My family saw the interest i had for bikes so they decided to buy me a 2nd-hand yamaha rx100 when i turned 12. Since then with the power of a two-stroke bike, i just simply cannot be a normal motorcyclist like everyone else, I took it to an extreme level for my age and redid the simple rx100 to an off-road/Motocross bike and headed of for my 1st motocross challenge at the age of 13. I did not go for the win but for experience. since then i became a motor maniac and motorcycling and track racing became my everyday things-to-do list. It changed my life- my way of thinking towards the society and through the tough challenges I am able to be independent in my life and understand the machine as we are one.

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How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in track racing on motorcycles?

Be it a circuit or drag racing, off-roading, motocross or stunt riding, the risk are high depending on a persons mentality and focus he put's in. It is not to achieve what he desires in the first attempt but with time and patience shall one succeed. whatever one has to do with a motorcycle it should be done with respect in order to get the best response from the bike. Chances are tight when it comes to track racing. Some may break bones and some may break/shorten their life span. Proper gears is to be worn every time and proper practice is a must before competing in any event. One's mind should be free and focused on what he is doing because distractions may cause horrible/terrifying ends. A person's health plays and important role too.

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Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable track events?

To begin with,it was my first motocross series that i took part in Guwahati(Assam) when I was just 13years old. It was one of the most memorable events in my life where my world turned around. I was the youngest and had no guts to participate but thanks to the support of my family, friends and other fellow riders who encouraged me to go for it without hesitation, and believed in me for what I can do I conquered my fears & hit the dirt with full throttle. I may have not won anything back then but because of that I am a winner now. The 2nd memorable event was in the year 2011. I fought through the rain, mud and the many other tough competitors from different corners of state. Many participants backed out as the track was too hard, i know its a tough competition but its now or never. Without second thoughts, I went for the win & nailed it!

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What has been the biggest highlight of your racing career so far?

The biggest highlight of my racing career so far would be when I took part in my very 1st North East motocross challenge in the year 2007. The memory flashes back almost every time, as it was by far the one and the only best experience that I’ll never forget. I was recognized as the youngest rider on that track. It was superbly amazing hearing many engines roar at the same time, seeing long jumps and on a curvy muddy track. I had taken a jump and fell from a height of about 7-8feet and hurt my chest and chin (cried for some time. hehe. sshhh!) and didn't want to complete the race any more, then I thought to myself I've come so far why give up now and that it had been my dream to take part in one. So, I hopped on my machine and did what I came to do. And in the end it all paid off to the most incredible experience ever.

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As a track racer, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?

I can say Yes, I have contributed to the society/brotherhood by taking part in organizing awareness rallies for AIDS, road safety campaign (in collaboration with the states' traffic police) & promotion for 108. Earlier, there were very few people who would participate in such events. Me being the first youngest track racer to take part, riders seeing what I can do they started participating too and the MotoX family grew. My friends and I would organize motocross races from 2-strokes, 4-strokes to open class categories. It’s just that we don’t have a permanent track and have a hard time finding sponsors around here so, very few races are organised. But we are looking forward for a proper track in time to organize more events.

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What are the best and the worst things about motorcycle racing in India?

I've seen very few but heard alot that racing around the nation in different states are coming up very well and they have the government's support and many sponsors for racing events to take place every year with different racing categories. Safety measures are taken up strongly- proper safety gears for the riders and inspection of bikes. The road/track conditions are well done with proper care and calculations. And the mindset differs from people to people about motor racing in general. Some support it and some don't -this way many riders are unable to express their real passion for biking/racing as they lack support from the fellow beings. Racing should be introduced in a different prospective in India to ease their minds and to look to it as a sport that many actually love doing and not to criticize.

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Golden Question : How do you feel when you ride?

There is no better feeling on the road than riding a motorcycle. Riding a motorcycle gives me a sense of complete freedom and control over my life, my thoughts and my love. The cool breeze, open green fields and fragrance of pines is a haven for me. Few kms of throttle and I am at peace with my life leaving behind my every worries and the hustle bustle of daily city life. Riding will forever be in the golden pages of my life.

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Riding Experience as a Power Biker


No. of Years : 8

    

Kilometers done (appox) : 1500000 (approx)

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For you, what does it mean to be a motorcyclist?

I personally would state that,being a motorcyclist is about the passion that you have towards the machines of different torques and riding types. I feel privileged and content to be a motorcyclist coming from a small community and being able to express my passion for motorcycling. It is a wonderful feeling, beyond words. Some think that by riding 100's or 1000's kms on a bike,they consider themselves to be one and some believe as to prefer riding on just Sunday’s or get their hands dirty on their bikes or rebuild their bikes from old parts and so on. But to me being a biker is more than that, it’s being more that what goes with the normal flow or care about what people thinks. Its a feeling of brotherhood amongst other bikers irrespective of any caste, creed or colour. Being a motorcyclist is more than words and acts, its a state of mind.

bike-image

How has motorcycling changed you and your life?

Ever since i was a kid i had interests for motorcycles. i started riding at the age of early 10's. My family saw the interest i had for bikes so they decided to buy me a 2nd-hand yamaha rx100 when i turned 12. Since then with the power of a two-stroke bike, i just simply cannot be a normal motorcyclist like everyone else, I took it to an extreme level for my age and redid the simple rx100 to an off-road/Motocross bike and headed of for my 1st motocross challenge at the age of 13. I did not go for the win but for experience. since then i became a motor maniac and motorcycling and track racing became my everyday things-to-do list. It changed my life- my way of thinking towards the society and through the tough challenges i am able to be independent in my life and understand the machine as we are one.

bike-image

How would you justify the inherent dangers and risk involved in riding on motorcycles?

Be it a circuit or drag racing, off-roading, motocross or stunt riding, the risk are high depending on a persons mentality and focus he put's in. It is not to achieve what he desires in the first attempt but with time and patience shall one succeed. whatever one has to do with a motorcycle it should be done with respect in order to get the best response from the bike. Chances are tight when it comes to track racing. Some may break bones and some may break/shorten their life span. Proper gears is to be worn every time and proper practice is a must before competing in any event. One's mind should be free and focused on what he is doing because distractions may cause horrible/terrifying ends. A person's health plays and important role too.

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Tell us briefly about your 2 most memorable life-incidents involving you as a motorcyclist?

To begin with,it was my first motocross series that i took part in Guwahati(Assam) when I was just 13years old. It was one of the most memorable events in my life where my world turned around. I was the youngest and had no guts to participate but thanks to the support of my family, friends and other fellow riders who encouraged me to go for it without hesitation, and believed in me for what I can do I conquered my fears & hit the dirt with full throttle. I may have not won anything back then but because of that I am a winner now. The 2nd memorable event was in the year 2011. I fought through the rain, mud and the many other tough competitors from different corners of state. Many participants backed out as the track was too hard, i know its a tough competition but its now or never. Wwithout 2nd thoughts, I went for the win & nailed it!

bike-image

As a motorcyclist, how have you contributed to the society/brotherhood and plan to do so in the years to come?

I can say Yes, I have contributed to the society/brotherhood by taking part in organizing awareness rallies for AIDS, road safety campaign (in collaboration with the states' traffic police) & promotion for 108. Earlier, there were very few people who would participate in such events. Me being the first youngest track racer to take part, riders seeing what I can do they started participating too and the MotoX family grew. My friends and I would organize motocross races from 2-strokes, 4-strokes to open class categories. It’s just that we don’t have a permanent track and have a hard time finding sponsors around here so, very few races are organised. But we are looking forward for a proper track in time to organize more events.

bike-image

What are the best and the worst things about motorcycling in India?

I've seen very few but heard alot that racing around the nation in different states are coming up very well and they have the government's support and many sponsors for racing events to take place every year with different racing categories. Safety measures are taken up strongly- proper safety gears for the riders and inspection of bikes. The road/track conditions are well done with proper care and calculations. And the mindset differs from people to people about motor racing in general. Some support it and some don't -this way many riders are unable to express their real passion for biking/racing as they lack support from the fellow beings. Racing should be introduced in a different prospective in India to ease their minds and to look to it as a sport that many actually love doing and not to criticize.

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