Not many gave Prince Singh a chance of staging a comeback after last May. Back then, during the first round of the national supercross championship in Bangalore, a major crash resulted in the biker suffering from an intestinal injury which needed surgery. "Even my doctors said I wouldn't be able to race again. And yet, here I am," says a proud Prince, who rode his KTM 525 EXC to victory in the 25th SJOBA sub-Himalayan rally that concluded here on Sunday.
It wasn't easy, though. After being fastest in the super special stage, Prince discovered a broken accelerator cable on his bike. "I had to rush back to Delhi at 11 at night to pick up spares," says the 23-year-old, who made it back to Chandigarh in time for the early morning flag-off, scorched the hilly terrain over the weekend legs and won by a huge margin of seven minutes.
Now, Prince plans to sell the KTM in order to fuel his priority - supercross. "I plan to buy the Kawasaki KX250F. I want to win the national championship, head to Europe and win races at the highest level, something which no Indian has done." Having trained at Donnie Hansen Motocross Academy, California, in 2009, a stint that helped him win events on the domestic schedules in '09 and '10, Prince now wishes to perfect his craft at Jimmy Weinert Motocross in North Carolina, USA; at the same time, he is getting his own practice track built in Chattarpur, Delhi. Such ambitions need sound financial backing, though, something that has Prince a tad worried.
"I'll have to train abroad for at least six months, which will require a lot of money," says a pensive Prince. "I hope that I get a sponsor in the next couple of months. I know I have the talent - I just need to figure out my scheme of things. TVS is the only manufacturer that's into off-road biking as of now, but I hope more follow suit, and soon." For Indian motor sports' sake, so do we.