Aleena Mansur Shaikh is born in October 2010. This child prodigy started her riding stint in 2018, and as her father distinctly remembers it was almost end of March when this sojourn began. No one in the family has ever participated in Motocross or Supercross events. It has been 2 years as of today that Aleena has been riding and she already aspires to participate in the Dakar Rally. Aleena finished 5th in the MRF Supercross National Championship 2019 among 12 participants which was her first year of racing. Aleena came 2nd in Vadodara Supercross Championship 2020 in kids class and also won 2nd place in Bandidos Extreme Racing 2020 in women’s class. Overall Aleena has 16 trophies apart from National Championship races.
Aleena has already had a few experiences of participating in various MOTOCROSS events. Some of her spoils include-
Participated and won third prize in FMSCI MOTOCROSS EVENT in Chickmagalur – Karnataka in ladies class on 24th June, 2018
Participated and won second prize in LIQUI MOLY Race in Kunigal in kids class on 27th January, 2019
Participated and came sixth in Pune SUPER CROSS event on 10th February, 2019
While conversing with Aleena what stands out is that she is passionate about riding and is raring to take high jumps. She is keen to practice more and has her eyes set on becoming a PRO Rider by the early age of 14 or 16.
During this year Aleena wants to participate in MRF and GODSPEED Racing. Her coach and technical engineer Mohsin Pasha and Mujeeb Pasha are working constantly with Aleena to make her ready for the challenges she is aspiring to take on.
At Pune Supercross when she was asked what inspired her, with an angel like smile on her face Aleena pointed at her father and said – “I never realized when I asked Papa to ride faster, what actually I wanted was to talk to the wind while on a bike. Papa helped me transform my wishes into an aspiration that I can achieve.”
Some Questions :
Q1. How did you join racing? How was your experience in bike racing.
Answer- It all began with Mr. Mansur Shaikh( Father) taking his little princess on rides after he got his superbike. She loved the thrill of throwing caution to the winds. She started with a 50CC Chinese bike through which she learnt the basic balance of biking and as this talent comes so naturally to Aleena, in just a month’s time she was able to scale up to a Kawasaki KLX – 110CC bike, later on with KTM SX50 and currently riding KTM SX65 .
Aleena’s experience in Bike racing – Jumps, whoops, turns, dirt, motorcycles, they are all a mélange of one glorious motorsport and makes me come alive. I love watching my fears and apprehensions vanish when I hop on to a bike.
Q2. How has your family supported you? What are the biggest challenges you are facing now?
Answer- My Grand parents and my parents and entire family always encourage me to achieve name/fame in motorsports and always motivate so that I ride for India in future and bring fame for India.
Current challenges which I’m facing is about having a sponsor as this game is expensive as we have to keep upgrading the bikes and safety gears often which is not easy for my father as he is the only source of income at our home managing entire family expenses. Having sponsors will at least ease some burden from my fathers shoulders.
Q3. What are you preparing for next? Share your future goals.
Answer – Currently preparing to be a MRF Supercross National Champion.
Future goals would like to race for FIM World cup for women’s and also participate in Dakar Rally from India. Also will start circuit racing 2021 so that I also get selected for Honda/TVS factory racing team.
Q4. You are the youngest woman in Motocross and Supercross racer. How do you feel about it?
Answer – Being youngest rider I get lot of love from the crowd watching the races which motivates me to do more during the races even though when race against the boys and women who elder compared to my age.
I always believe that age group for racing is must as per rules, but when we are on the bike age and gender will not matter as motto will be to learn and win.
Q5. What are the extra-curricular activities you do to stay healthy?
Answer – I do cycling and free exercise and jogging/running and diet so that I’m fit for my practice and races.
Q6. Who inspired you to start Motocross and Supercross?
Answer – My father Mohammed Mansur and my late grandfather Mahamad Ghouse inspired me and motivated me to become a motocross and supercross racer.
Q7. What do you have to say about your coaches?
Answer – My first coach was my chachu Mohsin Pasha who helped to learn motocross for the initial year, later had been for a session at Bigrock Dirtpark for training since it is beyond our budget couldn’t continue training with them. Currently my father, Sanjay uncle from Tribal adventure café and Vishwanath the Ex-factory team rider and Champion are helping me to learn motocross and Supercross and in every race I also take tips from National Champion Rustom Kesari Patel and Shyam kothari Sir which is helping me to perform more.