Chennai, August 5 – A tragic incident occurred in the third round of the FMSCI Indian National Motorcycle Racing Championship 2023 at the Madras International Circuit, resulting in the untimely demise of 13-year-old talented prodigy Kopparam Shreyas Hareesh from Bangalore. The accident took place on Saturday.
The Madras Motor Sports Club officials took the decision to call off the remaining races planned for both Saturday and Sunday.
This unfortunate event happened shortly after the start of the halted race, for which Shreyas Hareesh had qualified in pole position on Saturday morning. The organizers announced in a statement on Saturday that Shreyas had a serious fall after exiting Turn-1, sustaining severe head injuries.
A red flag was immediately shown, and he was transported to a nearby hospital in a trauma care ambulance stationed at the track. Upon reaching the hospital, he was pronounced dead. His father, Kopparam Harish, was by his side.
Born on July 26, 2010, Shreyas, a student of Kensure School in Bangalore, was being hailed as a rising star as he had won several races, including four consecutive races at the national level in the Petronas Rookie category. He was also the TVS One-Make Championship winner this season.
His tragic demise is a huge loss for the motorsport community in the country.
AMMSC President Ajit Thomas said, “Losing such a young and talented rider is heartbreaking. Shreyas Hareesh, who dazzled us with his exceptional racing skills, received immediate medical assistance at the scene and was taken to the hospital right after the incident.”
“Given the prevailing situation, we have opted to suspend the remaining activities scheduled for this weekend. AMMSC extends heartfelt condolences, and our thoughts are with his family.”
Earlier this year in May, Shreyas Hareesh had participated in the MiniGP India Championship in Spain, securing fifth and fourth positions in both races. His participation was eagerly anticipated in the 250cc segment (Group B) of the MSBK Championship 2023, slated to take place at Malaysia’s Sepang Circuit in August. He was all set to represent Team C.R.A Motorsports on the international stage.