Mangaluru, Nov 20, 2014: Hayabusa rider Sushanth Shetty has reached Bengaluru, but without his bike Patrick. Sushanth landed in BIA -Bengaluru from Dubai after he learnt that the ship transporting his bike was diverted to Karachi after a sandstorm delayed the departure of the vessel. The ship agents decided to sail to Karachi port enroute to Mumbai.
The bike is expected at Mumbai port on November 25. After clearing customs, Sushanth plans to ride it to Bengaluru on November 27. He’ll fly back to London on November 30. On Friday, he will be co-driving the ’00 car’ for the Super Special Stage in India’s oldest rally, Karnataka 1000, which will be flagged off in Bengaluru.
The delay will mean an extended his stay. Sushanth’s manager David Spicer of Ford Europe was very supportive. To Sushanth’s email about the delay, he replied: Seems a shame not to finish an extraordinary challenge. So see you back on December 1. And next team lunch at Aroma is your treat.
"I’m excited and happy for the manager’s support. The Mumbai-Bengaluru ride should take me about eight hours,’’ he said. Sushanth was attempting to ride one of the world’s fastest motorbikes from the United Kingdom to Bengaluru. He started from London on October 25 on his Suzuki Hayabusa, which is capable of a top speed of 300kmph.
His mother Rekha Shetty said: "I’m happy we can spend more time with him. If Plan B (via Dubai, Mumbai) had worked out, he’d have spent just three hours with us. Plan A (via Pakistan) would have given us 15 days with him. Now Plan C is working out well.’’ Sushanth had homemade traditional semige, kori rotti and chicken curry when he arrived late November 18 night.