But I love this sport and the motorcycle. It’s the stuff that infuses life in me. How can I even think of leaving it all behind?

He took 2014 by storm and started it off by winning the Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm in India. Again, in his maiden attempt. This was a 2200km long rally spread over six days, making it India’s longest off-road motorsport annual event that traversed through the scorching deserts of Rajasthan.

I kept pushing & by the end of the championship, I surprised myself. I was 9th overall, internationally, and the icing on the cake was that I got an invite to the 2015 Dakar Rally. Dreams do come true.

Having gained some confidence after his recovery, he had the unconquered Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in his sights. He went again and this time, he secured a position in the Top 10.

Focused on completing the World Cross Country Championship, the next step was the Sealine Cross-Country Rally (Qatar). This rally is known for being particularly hard to navigate along with very long stages. But he improved further and placed 8th. Again, being the first Indian to do so. 

Santosh ended the 2014 season with an overall 9th in the championship. This puts him in the Top 10 for the year and it shows his capabilities as a consistent & focused achiever. For someone who had a horrific debut season the previous year, it takes more than courage to achieve this impossible feat.