Shreyas Hareesh, the 13-year-old bike racer who recently became the first Indian to qualify for the World Championship Finals in the Dual Racing event held in Spain, met with a fatal accident at the Madras Motor Racing Track in Chennai.
Known as the ‘Bangalore Kid,’ Shreyas was participating in the third round of the race on a 200cc motorcycle when his helmet slipped off during the race. Despite the accident, the rider behind him couldn’t avoid colliding with him, resulting in a severe head injury for the talented young racer.
Shreyas Hareesh was immediately rushed to the hospital, but unfortunately, he was declared dead upon arrival.
After Shreyas Hareesh tragic demise, the Madras Motor Sports Club has canceled the remaining races scheduled for the weekend.
Shreyas Hareesh, who was set to celebrate his 13th birthday on 26th July, was hailed as a young and skilled motorcycle racer, and his talent and control over the bike were highly admired.
Earlier this year, this racing prodigy created history by becoming the first Indian to qualify for the World Championship Finals in Spain’s Dual Racing. He participated in the FIM Mini-GP and achieved 5th and 4th positions in the first and second races, respectively, showcasing his talent and abilities.
Shreyas Hareesh began his career in the FIM Mini-GP in India and won the championship in 2022. Subsequently, he participated in the National Championship and, after securing some podium finishes, was selected by TVS for the Rookie Cup. He mentored the talented young rider and provided him with a TVS bike for the races.
He won the first four races in the Novice category and then started competing in the Pro-Stock 165cc Open. Experts regarded him as one of the potential future racers in the country.