TVS Racing rider Aishwarya Pissay will become the first Indian woman to participate in the Baja Aragon, a cross-country rally event held in Spain from 20 to 22 July.
The 22-year-old racer will be joining a four member team comprising Adrien Metge and Michael Metge from France, as well as Spaniard Lorenzo Santolino.
Pissay had finished fourth in the Group B class at last year’s Raid de Himalaya and was looking to improve on that performance in this year’s Desert Storm but had to retire early from the event after a headlight failure on her bike led to a crash that put her out of the event.
She will be departing with the team later this week in order to train in Spain before the start of the event.
Aravind KP had ridden at last year’s Baja Aragon but has been out of action this year after a severe ankle injury he sustained at this year’s Dakar Rally. The former supercross and Raid de Himalaya champion is still a month away from being fit to ride in rallies again.
TVS Racing said that the 450cc rider R Nataraj currently has an elbow injury while visa issues have prevented last year’s Raid de Himalaya winner Abdul Wahid Tanveer from competing in the Spanish event.