Winning Racemandu Three times in a row:Shane Wilson
Shane Wilson Moktan is not just a mere fanatic biker, but three times back-to-back winner of Racemandu. He’s always been interested in bikes and how he connects with them. He says, “I think what connects biking with my personality is that I have a somewhat rebellious nature, I love the freedom and the feeling of not being constrained by everyday work.” He explains how he used to read magazines and books about bikes from an early age. Reading about bikes, he came to know how a bike operates, and gathering all the technical knowledge about different parts, he started riding his father’s bike.
With a lot of reading, and riding his father’s and friends’ bikes, he started getting better than everyone around him. Before bikes, he was interested in cars and their engines. He shared an incident: “On my seventh birthday, I asked for an engine. However, they didn’t find the one I wanted.” He recalls how his brothers used to bring these classic bikes and how he was fascinated to see them and how badly he wanted to have those. Having an obvious deep love for bikes, for Shane, it is the moment that matters the most, “I have many dream bikes, but to me personally, the moment on the bike matters the most. Like, when I am on the race track, I would want to share that moment with a really fast sports bike, but if I am on the highway, I would like to have something like a Harley Davidson or something more relaxing,” he says.
Over time, people around him started noticing that he was really good at riding bikes. He and his friends used to do street races from Chobar to New road and go on long rides together. He got to know about Racemandu through a newspaper advertisement, and seeing it, he immediately wanted to go for it. The first time he went, he had no expectations. Without any thoughts or practice, he went for it and secured the second position. After that, he thought to himself that, with a little more hard work, he could win the race.
After that first race, he started working on himself. With months of exercise and practice, he won the second race. “In the second race, we had to draw out random chits, where I got placed in the last row, and even after getting placed in the last position, I won the race,” he remembers. The first two races he did with KTM, but because of some conflicts, he then worked with Crossfire, on which he won the second race.
Shane explains how, every year, the race gets tougher. He says, “Every year is a new race, and every race is unpredictable.” There is a lot of dedication and hard work that goes in to keep up with the winning streak, and he gave his all to improve his skills. “One needs to improve their skills every day,” he says. “I used to watch a lot of YouTube videos about riding skills. Every millisecond is important; every minor difference results in a major change. It’s not only about riding the bike, you also need to know all the technical aspects to perform better.” He also talks about how the rider must have a connection with their bike; regardless of how nice or expensive your bike, without the connection, one cannot ride well.
He recalled the moment he won for the first time. Being placed in the last position, he was already upset, and he raced the first few laps in an angry mood. “I don’t even remember the first few laps, but after a while I got back to my senses and raced with my presence of mind. After I won the race, it was the most amazing feeling.”
Complete dedication, hard work, and time are necessary for such an outstanding performance. A bike is a very technical machine, and to master that one needs to know all of its technical aspects. Shane says “One needs to read. People don’t read much about bikes. Only riding the bike is not everything, there is a lot of physics involved. You need to know how the brakes, gears, and tires work, and then everything comes full circle.” He adds, “There is a lot of balance and geometry that goes into riding; if you change the suspension a little bit, it makes a big difference. So, every little thing matters, and you cannot just have a certain perception when riding a bike.”