By Taniya Dutta
A motorsport lover and stunt enthusiast has set up a new world record of doing 326 circle wheelies on his ‘non-gear’ scooter.
Ankit Bhaskar, 22, performed the jaw-dropping manoeuvre on his lightweight 100 cc scooter in front of a packed audience in just 26 minutes.
He beat the current world record 101 wheelies in the sport in the first attempt.
Ankit did the wheelies according to international protocol of records on the famous Buddh International Circuit, 43 miles from New Delhi on Sunday.
The young lad has been recognised for his feat by India Book Records, an equivalent of Guinness World Records.
Ankit said: “I am on cloud nine. I am extremely happy that I have created a new world record.
“I had been practicing for last six months to achieve the feat. I am very proud of myself and it has become all possible because of the encouragement from my teammates and parents.”
Vinod Singh, Adjudicator for India Book of Records, said, “It was a great show and we have given him a provisional certificate, memento and a medal. We have video evidence and his feat will be registered in India Book of Records soon.
While stunts on motorbikes are popular worldwide, Ankit, who is a member of Team Evolution- a group of five motorsport-loving college students from a small hilly town of Dehradun in northern India, is on a mission to popularise the sport in the light weight two-wheelers called ‘scooty’ locally.
Ankit said: “It is not really easy. The engine is on one side making it difficult to balance. Then the brakes are not that responsive and there is no clutch and throttle. This needs a lot of patience and techniques to pull the scooter on one wheel.”
Lakshya Khanduri, founder of Team Evolution, believes his record will take the sport to a new level in the country.
He said: “We are proud of Ankit, he has scripted a new chapter in the history of motorsports in India. Setting a record like this will definitely help break stereotypes surrounding stunt biking.”
The first ever team to do such cutting-edge stunts in the country, these riders believe in going to extreme lengths to entertain their audience.
They have excelled in jaw-dropping manoeuvres including wheelies (where the front wheel of the bike is raised off the ground), stoppies (the back wheel is lifted off the floor), and standing up on the scooter while it is still moving.
One of their most dangerous acts is climbing around on the moving bike with their hands off the handlebars.
Ankit now wishes to be recognised by the coveted Guinness World Records.
“I wish that Guinness World records recognises my efforts. The record will also help popularise the sport and respect gain for scooter riders.
“Stunts on motorbikes are common but no one can imagine stunts can be performed on non-gear scooters.”