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Motorsport is growing rapidly in Nigeria, and in this interview with our Editor, Abdulkabir Olatunji, Ikemesit Nkereuwem-Tim known to his biker friends and fans as ‘BadBlood’ tell us about his involvement in Motorbike racing and the development of the sport in Nigeria.
Tell us about yourself?
My Name is Ikemesit Nkereuwem-Tim popularly known as BadBlood or BikeGP. The first born among four kids (all boys). I am from Akwa Ibom State but live and work in Lagos
What do you do?
I work for Scottish University (Country Representative for Glasgow Caledonian University, UK). I also write on Motorcycle Grand Prixs (www.bikegp.wordpress.com), I am also the Publisher of BikeNation and BikeGP Magazine’s (www.thebikenation.com).
What made you decide to start motorbike racing?
I ride because I grew to meet My Parents own and ride Bikes. My Father has a Yamaha 150CC which he still rides as we speak while Mummy Has a Honda C75 and a Jianshe 80. So, I grew to love it. A Child will grow to emulate the parents.
Is there an organization regulating the sport in Nigeria?
The Motorcycle Sports Club of Nigeria organises and regulates the BT (Bikers’ Trophy) and the NSBK (Superbike Nigeria) Championships
Which competitions are held in Nigeria?
BT (Bikers’ Trophy) and the NSBK (Superbike Nigeria) Championships for Motorcycles while we also got the RoadX Car Series for BMW E30 models as well as the Supercars race. It’s a yearly event.
What is the cost implication for the team and you as an individual?
Hmm… (Smiles) It’s a whole lot of money. It costs a whole lot of money running a Competitive Motorcycle Race Team. I do not want to state exact figures but it requires a lot of money, there are a lot of expenses as the bikes are not cheap.
Do you earn money from this?
No! We do it because we love it. We also do it to grow the sport and stimulate interest in the culture (Biking).
What are your plans for the future?
To do it at a more professional level - I want to own and fund a Motorcycle Race Team, which we have started this year with OddInstinctGremansiRacingTeam being the first ever motorbike race team in Nigeria. I want to do it until the sport is widely accepted and recognised.
Are you not afraid of accidents while racing?
We call it crash not accidents. Crash is very much a part of the sport/lifestyle. To me it’s nothing. I have crashed countless times but it’s part of the thrill. The safest way not to crash is to stay off a Motorcycle - Perhaps push a wheelbarrow or drive a car.
What do you ultimately hope to achieve by doing this?
I love motorcycles, so I want to live my passion and pass the love to my son/kids
Any advice for those interested in joining the sport in Nigeria?
You got to love motorcycles, it is the truest form or living. it is always fun!