Sandeep Nadimpalli is a national motorcycle racing champion.
Satyanarayana Raju Nadimpalli (alias Sandeep Nadimpalli, Sandeep Varma) was born on 24 August 1997.
He hails from Amalapuram, East Godavari district, Andhra Pradesh.
In 2004, Sandeep and his family shifted to Hyderabad.
Currently, he lives in Hyderabad.
Sandeep’s father, N. Srinivas Raju is a business man and a builder.
His mother’s name is Ramani and his brother’s name is Pradeep.
Early love for racing-
Since his childhood, Sandeep loved motorcycles and motorcycle racing.
In his initial days, as he didn’t know about professional racing, he used to ride at speed and perform stunts on bikes like Hero Honda Passion Plus, Splendor, TVS Scooty, etc.
Later, Sandeep started watching YouTube videos related to racing and from his second year of intermediate, he started practicing on his Honda CBR 250R.
Sandeep did his schooling in Hyderabad.
In 2015, he joined Malla Reddy Engineering College, Hyderabad to study BTech Computer Science.
Sandeep passed out from this college in 2019.
Starting his racing career-
Sandeep started his racing career in 2016 while in his first year of engineering.
During that time, he learnt about the Bajaj Pulsar Festival of Speed (FOS) event and wanted to participate in it.
So, Sandeep persuaded his friend and borrowed his bike and attended the event.
The racing event was conducted at Chicane Circuit, Leonia, Secunderabad.
First and best-
Prior to participating in the Pulsar Festival of Speed Season 1, Sandeep didn’t have any track experience.
He competed with hundreds of racers and even though he was a novice, he won the race on 28 February 2016 and won the trophy of 1st position Pulsar RS200 Category, Hyderabad.
Sandeep won this race with motorcycle tag #24 and since then, he represents himself as Sandeep Varma (SV) 24.
This win and the appreciation from people strengthened his desire to become a professional racer and this started his racing career.
The FOS event had multiple races and Sandeep had yet to participate in the finale.
Meeting with an accident-
Sandeep’s further plan was to participate in the finale of FOS in which he had to compete with racers from all across India.
Unfortunately, just a week prior to this finale, he badly crashed into a goods carrier while travelling to his college.
This incident occurred because Sandeep was riding his bike at a very high speed.
It was a bad crash and he was badly injured.
Sandeep’s left knee got injured and both his thumbs got fractured and he was taken to the hospital where he underwent surgeries.
It took him the next three months to be able to walk and the doctor opined that he needs at least six months to recover.
And as a consequence, Sandeep missed participating in the FOS finale.
Thankfully, Sandeep fully recovered and started practising for the Pulsar Festival of Speed Season 2.
This time, he was able to make it to the grand finale and won it on 8 April 2017 in Hyderabad.
But Sandeep was highly disappointed after knowing that he got disqualified for blocking the other riders.
Becoming the champion-
Sandeep left no stone unturned for the Pulsar Festival of Speed Season 3.
The Bajaj FOS finale was conducted on Kari Motor Speedway Racetrack, Coimbatore.
Sandeep stood as the FOS Grand Finale Race Champion 2018 and won the trophy and a cash prize of ₹50,000.
And by that time, he evolved into a professional rider.
Sandeep is the first person from Telangana and Andhra Pradesh to win a national championship.
Struggling for sponsors-
In 2016, Sandeep started receiving calls from racing teams like Yamaha Factory Racing, etc. and he was offered an opportunity to race with them.
He had to pay a fee and then, he would get an opportunity to race with the team for a year and then, he would get a chance to race in the category.
As Sandeep didn’t have the money to pay, he started searching for sponsors in Hyderabad but unfortunately as motorcycle racing isn’t well known in the city, he couldn’t get sponsors.
Helped by family and friends-
As Sandeep couldn’t get sponsors, he convinced his parents to help him.
His parents, grandfather and friends helped him and thanks to all of them, he was able to participate in a national racing competition in 2017.
His uncle and his cousin, Sekhar also supported him.
Sandeep also received support from Rapid Group, Hyderabad, Narasimha Raju, Sifi group and Vasudha Foundation.
The winning saga-
Sandeep started his national racing career in 2017 and won in many motorcycle races since then.
He competed in almost all the motorcycle racing categories.
In 2017, Sandeep won the Honda One National championship.
In 2018, he was a runner-up for the KTM Orange Cup and he participated in this event once again and won the title.
And in the same year, Sandeep won the Autotrack award.
In 2018, he received the FMSCI award and MRF trophy.
And in 2019, Sandeep stood as a national champion in Prostock 300-400cc (the top category in the national championship).
He also participated in the FGRS racing in the premium category and won four races.
Sandeep also holds the title of Bajaj FOS Overall Indian Champion.
Within four years, from 2016 to 2020, he won six national titles in Professional Motorcycle Circuit Racing.
Even though Sandeep got injured multiple times during the practices and races, his love for the sport hasn’t reduced.
In June 2019, in the Coimbatore racetrack, he broke his collarbone but even then, he participated in the 400 cc race and won the race.
Sandeep also fell many times on the race tracks.
Drag racing & fastest timing-
In 2021, Sandeep entered into drag racing and he did valley run with BMW S 1000 RR 2020 edition motorcycle and he did in the fastest time of 9.52 seconds and created the record of the fastest time.
He participated in the 1000 cc category of drag race and won four titles.
Sandeep also did the fastest timings in Kari Motor Speedway and Madras Motor Race Track.
In 2021, he also participated in an endurance race.
As of May 2021, Sandeep won a total of 45 trophies in motorcycle racing in top three positions.
Apart from winning in so many motorcycle races, he is also a fitness enthusiast.
Sandeep also trains people to promote this sport.
Since 2016, Sandeep has been receiving training from Emmanuel Jebaraj, a seven times national champion.
He participated in Emmanuel Jebaraj’s team and raced from his team in Nationals.
Sandeep’s bike collection-
- Honda CBR 250R.
- Kawasaki Ninja 300.
- Triumph Tiger Explorer 1200.
- Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R.
- KTM RC 390.
- Honda Navi.
- Vespa scooter.
Honda CBR 250R is Sandeep’s first bike and he used this bike all through his engineering.
In 2017, he received a Honda Navi as a gift from Honda Racing.
Sandeep uses his Kawasaki Ninja ZX-10R and KTM RC 390 for racing.
His YouTube channel-
On 21 June 2016, Sandeep started his YouTube channel by the name, Sandeep Nadimpalli.
As of November 2021, this YouTube channel has more than 2 lakh subscribers.
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