November 9, 2012

Indian cricket

Dhoni rechristens his superbike team

Carlyle Laurie

MS Dhoni's love for bikes is no secret. Images of him riding with Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar pillion at Eden Gardens, after India beat England in an ODI in 2011, come to mind.

Dhoni, who, launched his own superbike team called MSD RN Racing, a few months ago, has now rechristened it, Mahi Racing Team India. He unveiled the new logo of the team and signed Turkish world champion biker Kenan Sofouglu and French former world champion Fabien Foret to race in the next season.

"We thought MSD RN was quite a big name. There were some other reasons also. So we thought let's keep it sweet and simple, Mahi Racing Team India," Dhoni said. "Riding a bike was a dream but I still cannot ride a bike at this level. We would like the team to do well. There is a mix of talent, there are young drivers and there are experienced drivers."

Dhoni said he was happy with his team's performance, so far, with Team rider Dan Linfoot finishing third in the final race of the World Superbike Championship in Magny Cours, France, in October.

"The team is good and they are getting good support," Dhoni said. "We are expecting to finish well next year. I don't want to pressurise anyone that we want to be the top team or the top two or top three. We want good preparation by the guys.

"As I say in cricket, it is not the result but the process and preparation that is important. We plan to open a riding school. And hopefully one day, we can see an Indian driver on our bikes."

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