A young boy from Udaipur, Rohitesh Upadhyay, bagged not one but two world records in the field of motorsports. Both the world records where specifically in the motorsport of Sportbike Freestyle Riding (commonly misquoted as bike stunting). He performed one specific wheelie out of 18 types of documented wheelies.
Rohitesh attempted this daring act in the field of Sportbike Freestyle Riding on September 29,2019. The act named as ‘No Hands Motorcycle Wheelie’ on an unmodified motorcycle is one of the most difficult tricks (misquoted as stunts) performed in this motorsport.
In this trick, the biker is not allowed to touch the handlebar at any time after the starting line, while the front wheel remains in the air throughout to achieve the maximum distance possible. Rohitesh managed to balance this specific wheelie for a good enough distance of 125.7 meters non-stop!
This trick was approved as a record in the International Book of World Records on 26th February 2020. This is the video of the attempt:
On 17th April 2020, the prestigious Golden Book of World Records also honoured him for the same. His record can be viewed on the official site of the organisation: http://goldenbookofrecords.com/longest-no-hands-wheelie-on-a-motorcycle/
Since, he could not have any mechanical advantage as the record was on an unmodified motorcycle, he worked on his physical fitness for a good 1 year 4 months to prepare himself. This becomes much more interesting as complying to different organisations for a record is usually very difficult but he managed to do so, ticking all the areas and being the first Indian to do so under this title.
Udaipur Times got in a candid conversation over phone with the achiever to which Rohitesh had this to say, “I am glad I could fetch such titles for India and could add to Udaipur’s list of honours. I hope I can get support from people for this and I really hope everyone who reads this does not try such things on public roads breaking laws and creating ruckus for others. Sportbike Freestyle Riding is a professional motorsport just like racing or rallying and is practiced in permitted and controlled environments with set of rules and safety specifics. Hoping spectators to take my achievement in positive light and youngsters to understand the difference between a motorsport and hooliganism.”
As a Sportbike Freestyle Rider, Rohitesh has been in the field of motorsports and automobile for the past 10 years. He has attended more than 163 shows across India. Rohitesh is currently associated with an international OEM manufacturer brand where he tests electric motorcycles. Rohitesh’s portfolio also had a national record for participating in India’s longest bike stunt show back in August 2017, which was affiliated by India Book of Records. He was the only person from Udaipur to participate in that record back then.
He will be felicitated in Delhi sometime in December 2020 for making India proud by being the first Indian to bring this laurel home.
News Courtesy: Rohitesh, Gaganbir Singh - Motorbikesindia.com