Goa turns into motorsports hub

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/g/goamotorsports.jpg' class='caption'> If you aspire to be a motorsport dare devil then Goa is the place to be.

Updated: February 25, 2007 10:51 IST
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If you aspire to be a motorsport dare devil then Goa is the place to be. The state is fast turning into a hub of motorsports with a large number of enthusiasts and tourists at hand to witness the excitement. Perhaps the most popular event is the Motocross, where motorcyclists go through 6 rounds on the muddy terrain of Goa. The brain behind the event is Ashley Gomes, the first Indian to officiate motocross world championships outside the country. The importance of the event, he says, is in uncovering fresh talent every year. "Last year, we had a fantastic response. Every rider has praises that no accident has taken place here at this particular track, it is the safest track in the entire country, at par with any international racing track and this year we have dedicated the event only for Goan riders to promote fresh blood," said Ashley Gomes, President, Goa Motor Sports Association. Acrobatic somersaults Indeed, it is the daredevilry and speed on display that has drawn a chunk of spectators. Watching acrobatic somersaults at more than 90kmph has been like a breath of fresh air for many of them and might help motorsports become the most popular sport in the state. "This sport is catching up a lot in Goa after football, and it's really catching up with a lot of youth. All of them are going together at almost 90 kms per hour. The sound of the motorbike is really thrilling. I brought my wife and children, it's beautiful," said a motorsports enthusiast. India slowly breaking into the top echelons of motorsports internationally, might be the boost that this event needs even as it seeks to change the image of Goa from a land of sun and sand to a land of speed and thrills.

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