U Moto, an initiative of U SPORTS, a sport business company founded by Ronnie Screwvala, aims to create a world-class motorcycle racing event emerging from India, available to a mass audience via TV broadcast - whilst scouting, training and nurturing young talent and redefining the existing motorsport ecosystem.
Given India’s mass-scale affiliation with two wheelers across the board, clubbed with an emerging global economy, we believe this weaves well for a need of a motorsport to cater to this audience.
The event would be racetrack based motorcycle racing with two distinct classes;
a) Intermediate Class
b) Premier Class
With a view to launch in late 2016, we are in advanced talks with various motorcycle manufacturers, motorsport governing bodies and various administrations across Asia, with races slated to take place not only in India, but across the continent. Both classes of racing would be a ‘one-make series’ with manufacturers in each of the respective categories. Both categories will feature Indian and International riders. U Moto will adhere to the highest safety and regulatory standards of the sport and thus we’re in talks to bring on board both Indian and international experts to help build the product, to conform to FMSCI and FIM regulations.
With the country being arguably the largest market for two-wheelers, India is well and truly ready to be at the centre of a world-class motorcycle racing competition.
Going ahead, U Sports also plans to launch U Moto 250, a street racing competition, with a view to drive both growth for the sport as well as tourism. Thus, races will be hosted in key tourism destinations across India and U Sports is working closely with CII to bridge the gap between the state, motorsport and tourism. The format would be open street circuits with 3-5km loops, with multiple laps; comparable to Moto 3 category with 250cc bikes.