raid2012santosh
I started with the world’s highest one & having won that in my maiden attempt, I gained some confidence and realized how much the past decade of racing and harnessing my skills helped.

In 2012, he participated in the Raid-de-Himalaya which is the only Indian motorsport event listed on the off-road rallies calendar of FIM (Federation Internationale Motorcyclisme), Geneva, Switzerland. Only 12 international motoring events world-wide are listed in this calendar. He won it in his maiden attempt in record time. It ranks among the top ten toughest motorsport rallies of the world and was a milestone in his racing career.


It was a big reality check. I thought it was all over. I had second thoughts of whether to continue or not.

Subsequently in  2013, he became the first Indian to debut at the World Cross Country Rally Championship but an unfortunate fire accident injured him badly during the 3rd Stage. He was running in the top 10 in his class. With third degree burns, he had a long recovery period that lasted till the end of that year.