Bengaluru: A 13-year-old bike racer who became the first Indian to reach the World Championship final in two-wheeler racing held in Spain in May, died after suffering a fatal crash in the National Motorcycle Racing Championships (NMRC) at Chennai’s Irungattukottai on Saturday.
Identified as Copparam Shreyas Hareesh, popularly known as ‘The Bengaluru Kid’ was riding a 200cc motorbike when he skidded and his helmet came off during the third round of the race on Saturday.
Reportedly, another rider, trailing Shreyas couldn’t halt and ran over the teen – causing severe head injury. Shreyas was immediately taken to the hospital but was declared dead on arrival.
Following Shreyas’ demise, the remaining races over the weekend have been cancelled by the Madras Motor Sports Club.
About Shreyas Hareesh
In May this year, Shreyas became the first India to reach the World Championship final in two-wheeler in Spain. He participated in the FIM Mini-GP World Championship in Spain and finished 5th and 4th in the first and subsequent races, respectively.
He started his career in FIM Mini-GP in India and won the championship in 2022. He participated in the National Championship and after a couple of podium finishes, TVS picked him up for the rookie cup.
He was provided TVS bike for the races. As per experts, he was regarded as a talented and most promising racer in the country.