Just as a person pursues his passion, it is also believed that passion finds the right person. Mr. Ali Ahmed Adiby proves this true by his passionate pursuit of motorsports despite his degrees in engineering and banking. An achiever of various prestigious titles in motorsports, including the ‘Rookie of the Year’, Ali Adiby has been a fine example of a man who followed his dream to reach great heights. BTW speaks to him to know more about this pursuit.
Tell us briefly about yourself.
My name is Ali Ahmed Adiby. I am twenty-seven year old Bahraini citizen representing Bahrain Motorcycle Club (BMC) under Bahrain Motor Federation (BMF). Riding since the age of fifteen and start racing from 2012/2013 season.
Give us a brief summary about your educational and professional background.
Educational: I have two degrees Bachelor of Science in Mechatronics Engineering and Advanced Diploma in Banking Studies.
Professional Background: competed in Qatar Championships and Bahrain Superbike Championship.
Were you interested in motor sports/ bike racing right from the beginning?
When I was a kid I saw the power of motorsport and how dangerous it is that’s what made me like that kind of sports. I liked cars also but when it comes to motorcycles and how you have to move your body, challenge your fear, the actions involved and competing against other riders these makes me love this sport.
Did you have in any formal training in motorcycle racing?
No, just 2 months ago I bought a small motorcycle for training and started to prepare my physical body for the upcoming season.
What have been the initial challenges and how did you overcome them?
The initial challenge to me was the obstacles that I faced especially when I started racing. Like lack of sponsorships, lack of bike training in the first years, I was studying my bachelors and working at the same time. Also, no one trained me.
What have been your achievements in motor sports so far?
Currently I’m considering as one of the top racers in my country. I was crowned the first Bahraini being on the podium in Losail Circuit (Qatar). In addition, I was ranked the second place in Qatar Championship LARRS (Losail Asian Road Racing Series) category and I got the title “Rookie of the year” for the 2014/15 season. Previous season in Bahrain Superbike Championship I achieved a 3rd place finish and generally I finished in the top 5.
What facilities are available in Bahrain for motor sports lovers?
Now there are two championships in Bahrain and we have a very good Circuit. Moreover, the open track days. So these are good facilities for people who are interested to join this kind of sport.
Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years?
If everything goes right I will see myself in world championship (MOTOGP)
What according to you are the essential qualities of a successful motor racist?
Open to challenges, fearless, athletic and agile.
What is your message to aspiring bikers/motor racers of Bahrain?
If you like motorcycle racing don’t waste your time in street and riding unsafely, join open track days and work hard, join races and live your life.