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    TVS Racing Rider Aravind KP in Dakar 2017

    The Dakar 2017 ceremonial start ceremony was held on Sunday in Asucion, Paraguay. 318 vehicles (144 motorcycles, 37 quads, 87 cars including 10 SSVs, and 50 trucks) and a total of 501 competitors were cleared to start the 39th edition of the Dakar. The drivers, riders and crews will go head-to-head on Monday in the rally's only Paraguayan special, a 38.5 km stage.

    Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team rider Aravind KP (Race Number:77) speaking of his experience on the podium, says “After months of patiently waiting for this day to arrive, it was quite a surreal moment for me to stand there with my motorcycle at the Dakar flagoff ceremony. I am thankful to the entire team at TVS Racing & Sherco who have got me this far. I am looking forward to the first stage on Monday which is a short stage but will help me prepare for tougher stages ahead.”

    Along with Aravind, CS Santosh will also be riding at the Dakar 2017 on his Hero Speedbrain motorcycle. This will be the third attempt by Santosh at the Dakar, while a first for Aravind. With both TVS Racing and Hero Speedbrain participating in #Dakar2017, it takes India's rally to two manufacturers and two riders. A very big deal indeed for a motorsport starved nation like India!

    xBhp wishes both the riders the very best and will be bringing regular updates from the Dakar. Racing begins on Monday.




    Photo credit: CS Santosh FB Page

    Source: TVS Racing Team Press Release
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    Default Dakar 2017: Stage 1 Results

    The Dakar 2017 got off to a flying start for TVS Sherco, as the team's rider Juan Pedrero Garcia finished the 39km times stage at the top of the timesheets.

    The 9000 km rally started off with a 454 km opening stage, out of which only 39 *km was timed. The fastest time set by Pedrero was 28 minutes *and 22 seconds. Since it was such a short stage, the riders were bunched up quite closely, with last years winner Toby Price down in 17th, just under a minute and a half behind the stage leader. Most riders approached the first day cautiously, as it is a long way to go to the finish line. But the first stage's rankings would decide the starting position for the second stage.

    India's KP Aravind finished the day in 61st while the 3rd rider from TVS Sherco, Adrien Metge, finished in 125th position.

    Hero Motosports Team Rally riders CS Santosh finished 47th and Joaquim Rodrigues finished 16th.

    Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero - Todays stage was good for me, though I started with too much adrenalin. So, I first hit a bump hard and then hit some rocks twice that scared me a little. Then I started to realise that this is my first stage in my first Dakar, so I decided to slow down. After that, it got a little bit better. I am really happy with my bike. Hero Motosports has done a great job with the bike and I am glad that I got to the end,

    CS Santosh, Hero - Being the first stage of the Dakar, there were some nerves flying and I was pretty nervous at start. In the first couple of kilometres it took some time to understand the kind of stage its going to be for the next 40 km. There was a lot of water and lots of puddles and a few river crossings. So, it was an interesting stage. I didnt really push because its the first day at the Dakar and there is a long way to go. Towards the end, it got a little better, but overall I am pretty happy, how I did today and minimised the mistakes. I am already looking forwards to tomorrows stage,

    Sam Sunderland, KTM -* Im sure its going to be from one extreme to the other, so well see how we go, he said. I didnt want to be too close to the front because it was a short stage and there was not a lot to gain but much to lose. Tomorrow Im starting sixth and Im pretty happy with that. Its a good way to start the Dakar and well just keep ticking off the days.
    Toby Price, KTM -*It was good today. I had to lead the stage out and thats the first time Ive got to do that at the Dakar. To do it out of Paraguay was really good. I had a couple of pet dogs on the track in the second half and that slowed us down a bit. But all in all Im only a minute off the lead and its very, very early days and plenty more to go. Paraguay definitely set the tone and to be the first rider out is something I can put down in my own history book. Hopefully we can come back and do plenty more here.
    Laia Sanz, KTM -* The position looks not so good but if you look at the riders close to me in the results, I think I can be happy. Its a long race and today there was more to lose than to win.


    1. Juan Pedrero Garcia (ESP), Sherco, +28:22 min
    3. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, +12 sec
    3. Paulo Goncalves (POR), Honda, +26
    4. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, +27
    5. Joan Barreda Bort (POR), Honda, +30
    16. Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero Motosports Team Rally, Hero Speedbrain, 00:29:42
    17. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, +1:23 min
    24. Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, +2:19 min
    47. C.S. Santosh, Hero Motosports Team Rally, Hero Speedbrain, 00:32:45
    61. Aravind KP, TVS Sherco
    125. Adrien Metge, TVS Sherco


    Photo Courtesy: TVS Racing Facebook


    Photo Courtesy: KTM/ Kin M.


    Photo Courtesy: Hero MotoCorp
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    Default Dakar 2017: Stage 2: Santosh moves up while Aravind suffers


    CS Santosh had a good day in office as he moved up 10 places in the overall classification at the end of the 2nd stage at the Dakar 2017. KP Aravind on the other hand had a terrible day, as he crashed and suffered a wrist fracture as per latest reports.

    Stage 2 was 803 km long, with 275 km of it being timed. The riders started from Resistencia bivouac and went to San Miguel De Tucuman. While Santosh made up ground, his teammate had problems with his GPS, as it got drowned in water and didnt work. Yet he finished a commendable 22nd at the end of the stage. Overnight rains ensured that the track was filled with water in unexpected places which was not marked on the riders roadbook. This meant that they were a bit cautious in the first half of the day.

    The stage was won by Toby Price, last years Dakar winner, as he took the lead in the overall classification as well. Paulo Goncalves took second on his Honda, Xavier De Soultrant took third on his Yamaha. 4th was Sam Sunderland on his KTM, while 5th went to a Husqvarna with Pablo Quintanilla on board.

    TVS Sherco rider Juan Garcia Pedrero finished the second stage in a fantastic 11th, just 8 minutes 9 seconds behind the fastest time set by Price. KP Aravind finished in 127th spot at the end of the stage after his crash. According to a report on Zigwheels, Aravind will be continuing in the Dakar rally even after the crash.

    Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero Motosports Team Rally, Hero Speedbrain, This stage was more difficult than yesterday because there were a lot of unmarked water puddles in the stage. I slid out in one of these and crashed my bike. My GPS got drowned in water and stopped working. Without the GPS I was running the risk of a crash. So, I slowed down. But I managed to get to the end relying on my road book,

    C.S. Santosh, Hero Motosports Team Rally, Hero Speedbrain, It was the first real stage of the Dakar and it was really fast. In the first half, there were a lot of cautions and there were lots of water puddles that were not on the roadbook. So, I took it easy in that bit and in the latter half of the stage I started getting a good feeling and was able to catch some guys. But it was really dusty. It was a kind of stage where you could pay a big price for a small mistake and ruin your rally.

    Toby Price, KTM - Today was a whole different day. There was a lot of speed; a lot of fast roads and it was really dusty. We also had to deal with a lot of animals. It wasnt a tricky day in navigation but you cant put a cow in the road book and it becomes difficult when they are popping out at you. But its good to get to the finish with this heat.

    Laia Sanz, KTM - I was not taking risks and I went too slow, but I didnt feel really confident. I like it when it is fast but there were a lot of obstacles and mud and it was dangerous because you also couldnt see too well.

    The third stage that will be run from San Miguel De Tucuman to San Salvador Jujuy will see dramatic changes in temperature and altitude. On the 780-km stage, out which 416 km will be marked by competitive distance, the riders will climb rapidly in the Andes, reaching the maximum height of this Dakar at 5,000 metres during a crossing of a high pass, before finishing the special at 3,000 metres.

    Stage 2 Classification:

    1 PRICE TOBY (AUS) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 02h37m32s
    2 GONALVES PAULO (PRT) HONDA CRF450RALLY 02h41m23s +03m51s
    3 DE SOULTRAIT XAVIER (FRA) YAMAHA WR 450 F 02h41m38s +04m06s
    4 SUNDERLAND SAM (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 02h41m51s +04m19s
    5 QUINTANILLA PABLO (CHL) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 02h42m20s +04m48s
    6 SVITKO STEFAN (SVK) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 02h42m26s +04m54s
    7 BRABEC RICKY (USA) HONDA CRF 450 RALLY 02h43m12s +05m40s
    8 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HONDA CRF450RALLY 02h43m57s +06m25s
    9 FARRES GUELL GERARD (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 02h44m58s +07m26s
    10 FAGGOTTER RODNEY (AUS) YAMAHA WRF 450 02h45m22s +07m50s
    11 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN (ESP) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 02h45m41s +08m09s
    12 VAN BEVEREN ADRIEN (FRA) YAMAHA WR450F 02h45m47s +08m15s
    13 WALKNER MATTHIAS (AUT) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 05m00s 02h45m54s +08m22s
    14 CERVANTES MONTERO IVAN (ESP) KTM RALLY 02h48m10s +10m38s
    15 MONLEON ARMAND (ESP) KTM 450 RR 02h48m31s +10m59s
    16 BOTTURI ALESSANDRO (ITA) YAMAHA WR 450 F 02h48m52s +11m20s
    17 JAKES IVAN (SVK) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 02h49m06s +11m34s
    18 DUPLESSIS DIEGO MARTIN (ARG) KTM 450 RALLY EXC 02h49m35s +12m03s
    19 RENET PIERRE ALEXANDRE (FRA) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 02h49m59s +12m27s
    20 KLYMCIW ONDREJ (CZE) HUSQVARNA HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 02h50m13s +12m41s
    22 RODRIGUES JOAQUIM (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 02h51m53s +14m21s
    41 CS SANTOSH (IND) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 03h07m41s +30m09s
    123 METGE ADRIEN (FRA) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 04h25m38s +01h48m06s
    127 PRABHAKAR ARAVIND (IND) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 04h34m38s +01h57m06s

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    Stage 10: Adrien Metge attacks then relaxes

    Photo Courtesy: Sherco TVS



    It was a very long special and the navigation was very difficult as had been announced by race director Marc Coma. Adrien Metge rode an outstanding race and he was in the lead at CP1. Concentrating on the navigation, he found the right track and rolled at a good rhythm. He was in third place at the start of the special, he then decided to back off and save his machine because of the very high temperatures (+50C). He finished 7th 8'18" behind the winner. The result of his ride today has moved him up to 26th place in the overall classification. As for Juan, he started off strong this morning. He left with the urgency and pressure of his 5th place, but because of a navigation error, he lost 30 minutes. He then recovered 10 minutes by continuing to attack. He finished 16th at 26'30 '' behind the winner and moves to 16thplace in the general classification. The two bikes have arrived in San Juan in good condition, all is well and the Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team is strong and ready for the next stage.


    Extreme heat, navigational challenges and trial-type sections through rocky river bedsthats how the 10th stage was described in the evening briefing a day before. The 10th stage of the 2017 Dakar Rally, which took the participants one step closer to the finish in Buenos Aires, certainly lived up to every word of the sporting director, Marc Coma. With no clear tracks for almost 140 km through the river beds, complicated by multiple entries and exits, the 10th stage turned out to be the hardest stage of the rally so far.


    Joaquim Rodrigues and C.S. Santosh display grit and skill to tackle the toughest day in the Dakar


    Photo Courtesy: Hero Speedbrain



    Despite the stern and hot test thrown at the riders as they neared the home run of this edition of the Dakar, Hero Motosports Team Rally riders, Joaquim Rodrigues and C.S. Santosh, played it cool and sensibly towards realising a dream Dakar debut for the Indian team.


    Rodrigues, based on the previous stages classification, was the 16th rider to start the timed section where many of the frontrunners lost plenty of time trying to find the correct track and the way points. Rodrigues too had to spend more time than he would have liked to find the correct route in some of the most challenging parts of the course.


    The presence of tall and thorny vegetation along the course only complicated the task at hand as it impeded the vision of the riders. But in the second part of the special, the Portuguese rider put together stellar race to complete the timed section in 6 hour 40 minutes that put him in 19th place in the provisional stage classification. After 10 stages, Rodrigues is in 14th place and now looking to reach the finishing line at Buenos Aires.


    Today was really an extreme day. The terrain was very tough and very difficult. In the beginning, I had a bit of tough time trying to find a waypoint and lost some time. After that I just kept going, but the conditions were very difficult and hot. There was no place to rest even for a minute. At one point, I had to calm myself down because it was very physical to ride this stage. Today we had rocks, trial and sand. I lost some time, but I managed to make it to the bivouac. Now there is one more big stage to go and go to Buenos Aires, said Rodrigues.


    Santosh, the second Hero Motosports Team Rally rider, too roughed it out on the hardest day of this Dakar. Like most of the riders, he too lost some time at the 53-km mark, trying to find a tricky waypoint. But once he overcame the first hurdle, Santosh worked up a good rhythm to keep the rest of his race smooth.


    In the second part of the special, which had fast but bumpy piste, Santosh kept a steady pace to finish his day in 37th place with a time of 7 hour 38 minute 51 seconds. His performance on the 10th stage puts him in 50th place.


    It was a brutal day out there with all this heat, navigation and bumpy tracks. All this made it a very physical stage and it was very hot. It was one of days when you have to tough it out and try to make it to the end. I just did that, and I am pretty happy with the way the bike performed in these conditions. I am looking forward to reaching Buenos Aires, said Santosh after reaching the San Juan bivouac.



    RED BULL KTM'S SAM SUNDERLAND & MATTHIAS WALKNER IN THE LEAD AFTER DAKAR STAGE 10



    Photo Courtesy: KTM/ Marcin Kin




    The 2017 Dakar Rally on Thursday continued to surprise, and to exact revenge on the remaining field of 101 motorcycles in another stage that proved to be difficult for almost every rider. Despite losing time at the beginning of the timed special, Red Bull KTM factory rider Sam Sunderland held onto the overall lead at the end of the day, now in front of his teammate Matthias Walkner in second, even if both finished down the order in the stage results.


    The British rider fought hard on the KTM 450 RALLY to make up his lost time, but the fact that Pablo Quintanilla, Sam Sunderlands closest rival retired due to illness in the afternoon, allowed him to finish the day with an advantage of 30 minutes in the standings. Second is now his Austrian teammate Matthias Walkner with Spanish KTM rider Gerard Farres Guell in third place, 38:43 minutes off the leading time.Stage winner was Spains Joan Barreda with Stefan Svitko of Slovakia (KTM) second and Argentinian rider Franco Caimi in third place.The days results also reflected the level of difficulty of Thursdays ride during which competitors had to recover their race rhythm after an enforced break on Wednesday. Stage 9 was cancelled after an avalanche on Tuesday cut the liaison road and leaving many riders and support and logistics vehicles stranded. They were still racing to catch up to the body of the rally at the overnight stop after the 10th stage, which took riders from Chilecito to San Juan. After the 449 km timed special of a total of 751 km, Sunderland finished in 12th 17:06 minutes off the lead. Walkner fared somewhat better. He was 10th in the stage, 12:53 off the fastest time.Sunderland: I started out thinking Ive got a bit of a lead so I just wanted to take it easy and stick to my road book and try to start with a good rhythm. Then after about 40 km it was very confusing in some of the riverbeds. I went into the wrong valley and I got a bit stressed but I managed to correct pretty fast. Then I made another mistake. It was really hard. The road book said to follow the river but there were so many rivers all going in different ways. Its quite hard to stay positive, especially when you make a mistake. But when I arrived at the refueling I saw there were only a couple of bikes there, so I didnt actually lose much time.Walkner: Actually it was not such a good day but it was very difficult for everyone with the navigation. I tried to give my best and I just got lost once, but it was a big mistake. Now there are just two days left and I will keep pushing and try not to do anything stupid because the situation is now quite good.

    While almost all the lead riders had difficulty with the stage, KTM factory rider Laia Sanz, the reigning World Champion in Womens Enduro rode consistently well to finish 14th to trail by 21:39 minutes. She is now overall 18th and is within striking distance of her goal of a top 15 finish.


    Sanz: I really enjoyed the first part of the special because it was a lot of navigation. I made some small mistakes but nothing serious. I took it easy when I saw how difficult the navigation was because I didnt want to get lost like I did in the first week. I was ninth in the first part but the second part was not my favorite kind of stage with Motocross and lots of bumps. I also ran out of water and it was very hot so I just relaxed and tried to reach the finish. I think the beginning of tomorrows test will also be very hard but I hope to have another good day.


    As promised by race direction, the first part of the stage had its share of challenges with a long trials section, and this clearly proved difficult for many riders. After near freezing temperatures at Altitude in Bolivia, riders now also have to contend with temperatures above 40 degrees Celsius.


    Friday, the penultimate stage takes the rally from San Juan to Rio Cuarto over a distance of 754 km of which 288 km is timed special, the first 50 km will be in the San Juan dunes. The rally finishes in Buenos Aires on Saturday.


    Stage 10 Classification

    1 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HONDA CRF450RALLY 05h49m45s
    2 SVITKO STEFAN (SVK) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 05h50m09s +24s
    3 CAIMI FRANCO (ARG) HONDA CRF450 RALLY 05h53m33s +03m48s
    4 RENET PIERRE ALEXANDRE (FRA) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 05h54m06s +04m21s
    5 RODRIGUES HELDER (PRT) YAMAHA WR450F 05h55m31s +05m46s
    6 CERVANTES MONTERO IVAN (ESP) KTM RALLY 05h57m00s +07m15s
    7 METGE ADRIEN (FRA) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 05h58m03s +08m18s
    8 GONALVES PAULO (PRT) HONDA CRF450RALLY 05h58m28s +08m43s
    9 KLYMCIW ONDREJ (CZE) HUSQVARNA HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 05h59m07s +09m22s
    10 WALKNER MATTHIAS (AUT) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 06h02m38s +12m53s
    11 SALVATIERRA JUAN CARLOS (BOL) KTM 450 06h04m42s +14m57s
    12 SUNDERLAND SAM (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 06h06m51s +17m06s
    13 FARRES GUELL GERARD (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 06h11m10s +21m25s
    14 SANZ LAIA (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 06h11m24s +21m39s
    15 GYENES EMANUEL (ROU) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 06h13m17s +23m32s
    16 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN (ESP) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 06h16m15s +26m30s
    17 VAN BEVEREN ADRIEN (FRA) YAMAHA WR450F 06h19m59s +30m14s
    18 GIMENO GARCA ANTONIO (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 06h36m47s +47m02s
    19 RODRIGUES JOAQUIM (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 06h40m00s +50m15s
    20 PATRAO MRIO (PRT) KTM 450 RALLY 06h40m07s +50m22s
    37 CS SANTOSH (IND) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 07h38m51s +01h49m06s



    Overall Classification
    1 SUNDERLAND SAM (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 28h07m59s
    2 WALKNER MATTHIAS (AUT) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 28h38m00s +30m01s
    3 FARRES GUELL GERARD (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 28h46m42s +38m43s
    4 VAN BEVEREN ADRIEN (FRA) YAMAHA WR450F 28h49m56s +41m57s
    5 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HONDA CRF450RALLY 01h01m00s 29h01m46s +53m47s
    6 RENET PIERRE ALEXANDRE (FRA) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 29h03m23s +55m24s
    7 GONALVES PAULO (PRT) HONDA CRF450RALLY 48m20s 29h08m10s +01h00m11s
    8 DE SOULTRAIT XAVIER (FRA) YAMAHA WR 450 F 29h40m54s +01h32m55s
    9 CAIMI FRANCO (ARG) HONDA CRF450 RALLY 29h45m56s +01h37m57s
    10 SVITKO STEFAN (SVK) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 29h56m44s +01h48m45s
    11 RODRIGUES HELDER (PRT) YAMAHA WR450F 27s 29h59m24s +01h51m25s
    12 SALVATIERRA JUAN CARLOS (BOL) KTM 450 30h12m37s +02h04m38s
    13 KLYMCIW ONDREJ (CZE) HUSQVARNA HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 30h16m54s +02h08m55s
    14 RODRIGUES JOAQUIM (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY - 30h17m08s +02h09m09s
    15 CERVANTES MONTERO IVAN (ESP) KTM RALLY 30h30m03s +02h22m04s
    16 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN (ESP) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 30h34m17s +02h26m18s
    17 METGE MICHAEL (FRA) HONDA CRF450RALLY 30h43m32s +02h35m33s
    18 SANZ LAIA (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 30h53m03s +02h45m04s
    19 DUPLESSIS DIEGO MARTIN (ARG) KTM 450 RALLY EXC - 30h56m32s +02h48m33s
    20 PATRAO MRIO (PRT) KTM 450 RALLY - 31h03m50s +02h55m51s
    26 METGE ADRIEN (FRA) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 32h17m41s +04h09m42s
    51 CS SANTOSH (IND) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 36h52m03s +08h44m04
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    Joaquim Rodrigues once again claims 10th place, C.S Santosh moves into 48th position


    Photo Courtesy: Hero Speedbrain




    With the last major stage done and dusted, the 2017 Dakar is set to wind down in 24-hours. But, before the champagne is popped, one last special stage of 64 km needs to be finished before the participants head to Buenos Aires for a grand reception for the finish podium ceremony and the winners are crowned.

    For Hero Motosports Team Rally, there is much to celebrate with the last big special stage behind it. For a team thats making its Dakar debut, both riders, Joaquim Rodrigues and C.S. Santosh, completing the 11th stage is crossing a major threshold. The newest team and manufacturer in the paddock has proved that it has the resolve, grit and the talent to succeed at the worlds toughest race.Rodrigues, who finished the previous special in 19th place, tackled the dunes and the fast racing lines in the second part of the special stage, which was the penultimate timed section of the 2017 Dakar, with great poise and skill. For the team, and for many in the paddock, he has been nothing short of a revelation for speed and navigation skills. Rodrigues completed the 11th timed section of 288 km in 3 hours 37 minutes 56 seconds that puts him 14th place in the days classification, once again helped in reclaiming the coveted 10th place in the provisional overall general classification.

    Today we went straight into the dunes and it was very bumpy with a lot of hidden summits, which made it really tough. I took my time to find my rhythm. After that I also found some speed. In the second part of the special, we had WRC-type fast, hard-packed and very slippery track. Once again, I needed to get into a nice rhythm. I even overtook a couple of riders and reached the end of the special in good time. So, I am really happy for myself and the team. I am looking forward to reach Buenos Aires tomorrow, said Rodrigues after reaching the bivouac.

    Santosh, who started the 11th special stage 37 place, rode a consistent race after he got into the flow of things. He kept the momentum going in the dunes and the fast sections. The Indian rider finished the timed section in 50th place with a time of 4 hour 28 minutes 34 seconds, which puts Santosh in 48th place in the provisional overall general rankings.



    It was comparatively shorter stage, but every bit tough. Especially, the initial part in the dune. They were not much of dunes, but massive whoops for almost 60 km. After that there was fesh-fesh to deal with. In the second part of the stage, I found more speed, but it was a very fast track with little traction because the surface was very slippery. I also caught up with some riders, but there was so much of dust that it was difficult to pass. But I am happy to make it to the end of the stage, said Santosh.

    SAM SUNDERLAND & MATTHIAS WALKNER IN 1-2 OVERALL WITH DAKAR FINISH IN THEIR SIGHTS


    Photo Courtesy: KTM/ Marcin Kin



    Red Bull KTM factory rider duo Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner wrapped up the penultimate stage of the very tough Dakar Rally on Friday and head for the finish line in Buenos Aires on Saturday in overall 1-2. With just one short timed special left, it will be a remarkable achievement for these riders to reach the finish in top positions. Both are hoping for a career first to be at the finish line of this epic, 9,000km trek through South America.

    British rider Sam Sunderland goes into the final stage (786 km in total, but just one final 64 km timed special) with a solid 33-minute lead over Matthias Walkner. Close behind him are two opponents in French rider Adrien Van Beveren and Spains Gerard Farres Guell (KTM) at 37.10 and 37.22 minutes behind the leader.Stage 11 took riders from Argentinas San Juan to Rio Cuarto over 754 km, with a two-part timed special, the first over sand and the second, a high speed ride on hard surface through farming country. Knowing what is at stake, both Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner took no risks in the days ride on their KTM 450 RALLY bikes. Sunderland was fifth, 7:25 minutes behind the stage winner Paulo Goncalves. Walkner, the Austrian rider for the Austrian KTM brand was tenth, 10:33 minutes behind.



    Sunderland, who has been in the lead for a number of days, acknowledged that it had been a lot of pressure. When you are in the bivouac you can talk to people, but during the day you are alone on the bike for 14 hours and all kinds of things creep into your mind. Its pretty heavy and its not easy to stay focused. He said that stage had been very physical. There was like 70 km of sand whoops in the first part but I feel pretty much at home in the sand, living in Dubai. I took it pretty easy but I managed to catch two or three guys in front of me so I knew my speed was still pretty good. The second part was really fast with lots of ruts. My buddy Matthias (Walkner) is fighting for second place. I passed him in the first part of the special but in the second part I didnt want to make dust for him, so I let him through and followed him through to the finish. Were here, were happy and weve got another day done. One more to go.


    While Sunderland was quick to acknowledge that Its not finished until its over, he did say it would be a dream come true to take the win. Ive worked so hard and everybody in the team works so hard, its been an everyday challenge for me for the past 4-5 years. Its a full time thing, I love it and I wouldnt change it for the world, he added.

    Walkner was also pleased with his days ride, but knowing what is still ahead of him, was equally cautious about the possible result. Today it was quite rough but not so many kilometers. It was sandy and bumpy in the beginning and I lost some time because I had some pain in my knee and couldnt push so much. But the second part was on a fast piste and I felt better. Im going to give it everything tomorrow, but you can lose as much in a short stage as you can in a long one so I have to stay concentrated. I will be happy if I arrive healthy in Buenos Aires and if I am on the podium, it would be perfect. But theres still one more day and anything can happen.Both Sunderland and Walkner, the new generation of Red Bull KTM factory riders after a long domination by former KTM factory riders Mark Coma and Cyril Despres, have fought back from injuries in previous editions of the Dakar.

    The third member of the KTM factory riders, Laia Sanz of Spain was 17th in the stage and is now at overall 15th and is on track to once again be the fastest woman rider. Sanz drew praise from Alex Doringer, KTMs Division Manager Enduro and Rally, for her efforts. He said: Laia has found her rhythm and shes fighting like a maniac. What the lady does is just amazing. Although she had mixed fortunes in the difficult first week, she now has the possibility of achieving her goal of a top 15 overall finish.


    Sanz: It was a good day, both hard and physical and a lot of sand, but I am happy with this second week because I am where I wanted to be at the start of the race in the top 20 and without losing a lot of time. Last week I lost too much time so I wish the rally was a bit longer. Now I start to feel confident. But its like this and next year I will be faster. Today I was top 15 but it will be tough to finish tomorrow in that position because the guy behind me is fast and there are only two seconds between us.


    The riders start in reverse order on the final day so the best and fastest will be confronted with plenty of dust in their final dash to the Argentinian capital.


    Stage 11 Results

    1 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HONDA CRF450RALLY 03h16m57s
    2 GONALVES PAULO (PRT) HONDA CRF450RALLY 03h18m47s +01m50s
    3 VAN BEVEREN ADRIEN (FRA) YAMAHA WR450F 03h22m25s +05m28s
    4 FARRES GUELL GERARD (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 03h24m51s +07m54s
    5 SUNDERLAND SAM (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 03h26m12s +09m15s
    6 RENET PIERRE ALEXANDRE (FRA) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 03h26m49s +09m52s
    7 METGE MICHAEL (FRA) HONDA CRF450RALLY 03h27m52s +10m55s
    8 CAIMI FRANCO (ARG) HONDA CRF450 RALLY 03h29m08s +12m11s
    9 SVITKO STEFAN (SVK) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 03h29m18s +12m21s
    10 WALKNER MATTHIAS (AUT) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 03h29m20s +12m23s
    11 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN (ESP) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 03h30m54s +13m57s
    12 METGE ADRIEN (FRA) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 03h32m33s +15m36s

    13 RODRIGUES HELDER (PRT) YAMAHA WR450F 03h35m33s +18m36s
    14 RODRIGUES JOAQUIM (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 03h37m56s +20m59s
    15 DUPLESSIS DIEGO MARTIN (ARG) KTM 450 RALLY EXC 03h38m09s +21m12s
    16 KLYMCIW ONDREJ (CZE) HUSQVARNA HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 03h39m17s +22m20s
    17 SANZ LAIA (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 03h41m36s +24m39s
    18 REIS GONCALO (PRT) KTM 450 KTM RALLYE RAID 03h42m49s +25m52s
    19 SALVATIERRA JUAN CARLOS (BOL) KTM 450 03h43m09s +26m12s
    20 GYENES EMANUEL (ROU) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 03h45m34s +28m37s
    50 CS SANTOSH (IND) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 04h28m34s +01h11m37s



    OVERALL RESULTS



    1 SUNDERLAND SAM (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 31h34m11s
    2 WALKNER MATTHIAS (AUT) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 32h07m20s +33m09s
    3 FARRES GUELL GERARD (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 32h11m33s +37m22s
    4 VAN BEVEREN ADRIEN (FRA) YAMAHA WR450F 32h12m21s +38m10s
    5 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HONDA CRF450RALLY 32h18m43s +44m32s
    6 GONALVES PAULO (PRT) HONDA CRF450RALLY 32h26m57s +52m46s
    7 RENET PIERRE ALEXANDRE (FRA) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 32h30m12s +56m01s
    8 CAIMI FRANCO (ARG) HONDA CRF450 RALLY 33h15m04s +01h40m53s
    9 RODRIGUES HELDER (PRT) YAMAHA WR450F 33h34m57s +02h00m46s
    10 RODRIGUES JOAQUIM (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 33h50m17s +02h16m06s
    11 SALVATIERRA JUAN CARLOS (BOL) KTM 450 33h55m46s +02h21m35s
    12 KLYMCIW ONDREJ (CZE) HUSQVARNA HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 33h56m11s +02h22m00s
    13 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN (ESP) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 34h05m11s +02h31m00s
    14 METGE MICHAEL (FRA) HONDA CRF450RALLY 34h11m24s +02h37m13s
    15 SANZ LAIA (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 34h34m39s +03h00m28s
    16 DUPLESSIS DIEGO MARTIN (ARG) KTM 450 RALLY EXC 34h34m41s +03h00m30s
    17 PATRAO MRIO (PRT) KTM 450 RALLY 35h09m37s +03h35m26s
    18 OLIVERAS CARRERAS DANIEL (ESP) KTM 450 35h14m50s +03h40m39s
    19 GYENES EMANUEL (ROU) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 35h19m38s +03h45m27s
    20 SMITH TODD (AUS) KTM 450 RR 35h19m42s +03h45m31s
    23 METGE ADRIEN (FRA) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 35h50m14s +04h16m03s
    48 CS SANTOSH (IND) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 41h20m37s +09h46m26s
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    Sam Sunderland of KTM won the 2017 Dakar Rally on his KTM. CS Santosh finished in 47th position overall on his Hero Speedbrain motorcycle, while teammate Joaquim Rodrigues finished 10th, an impressive performance for the team's first outing at the Dakar. Sherco TVS also had a strong showing with Juan Garcia Pedrero finishing 13th and Adrien Metge finishing in 23rd position overall.

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    The 2017 Dakar Rally, an edition that delivered its share of drama was finally settled on Saturday when Red Bull KTM factory riders, Britains Sam Sunderland and Austrian teammate Matthias Walkner crossed the line 1-2 to give the Austrian brand its 16th consecutive victory. Spains Gerard Farres Guell completed a perfect day when he finished third for a complete KTM podium.

    Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner not only succeeded in taking the top two spots, but also to complete the rally for the first time. Both had retired injured in earlier editions.

    Sunderland went into the final swift 64 km timed special with 33-minute advantage on his KTM 450 RALLY and the task of holding his nerve and getting the job done. He completed the stage in a comfortable sixth place and sacrificed only a couple of minutes. After almost 9,000 km through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, he topped the overall timesheets with a total time of 32:06.22 hours.

    It was also an excellent performance by Walkner, who exited in 2016 with a broken leg that kept him out of competition for much of the past season. He was under slightly more pressure on the run to the finish as he had two riders, Gerard Farres Guell and Adrien Van Beveren, the eventual stage winner, in hot pursuit. Walkner finished fourth in the stage and was 33 seconds off the leading time, which was enough to preserve his position.Sunderland and Walkner stepped up and delivered for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team after teammate and 2016 winner, Toby Price of Australia, went out in the fourth stage after crashing and breaking his leg in four places. After surgery in La Paz, the Australian desert champion has now returned to Australia with the aim of being back on his KTM 450 RALLY machine in four months.

    Sunderland: When I crossed the line my emotions really took over. I've had a lot of weight on my shoulders for the last six days. Now it feels incredible. I have to say thanks to my team, the bike has been great from start to finish. When Toby (Price) went out of the race it was a blow to the team as hes a good friend. Because of the strong bonds we have in our team it helped us to pull together and strive to do something special. Theres a lot of fast guys that have the potential to win this race, I think cutting out the mistakes was the key to this win.


    Walkner: This was a really rough Dakar so to arrive in Buenos Aires on the podium is an amazing feeling. I had a tough year last year, so to be here now is a dream come true. The hardest moment came on Stage 10 because there was the potential for my position to change on this day. I really studied the road book before the stage to hopefully get some advantage. That paid off for and it felt cool to get rewarded like this.


    Spanish KTM factory rider Laia Sanz, who had a very successful second week after losing time in the first week, wrapped up her rally at 16th overall, just one place short of her pre-race goal of a top 15 finish. Also the womens World Enduro Champion, Sanz is the standout woman rally-raid rider.Photo Courtesy: KTM/ Marcin Kin

    KTM first won the Dakar Rally in 2001 and has topped the podium every subsequent year, with the exception of 2008 when the race was canceled on the eve of departure because of terrorist threats in North Africa. It regrouped for the 2008 edition, held in for the first time in South America, where it has developed a huge following and is an annual sporting highlight. The sport is also attracting a new generation of South American rally-raid talent.

    The 2017 edition started in Paraguay, travelled to the high altitude regions of Bolivia and then south and east through Argentina. The already extraordinarily challenging two-week event, this year introduced new navigation and levels of difficulty. It was also plagued by extremes of weather temperatures from the 40 degrees Celsius to freezing, altitudes up to 4500 meters, torrential rains, flooding and in the last week, a massive landslide in Argentina that not only destroyed a village but left teams and vehicles trapped for 24 hours. The extreme weather conditions also resulted in two stages being canceled and another two cut at the half way mark of the timed special when flood waters made it impossible to continue.Alex Doringer, KTMs Division Manager Enduro and Rally: The Dakar, with all these circumstances, with the weather, the rain and muddy conditions, it was quite difficult for the team from a logistics point of view. I think for the riders, it was quite a different Dakar. There were not as many kilometers of special stages but it was intensive both physically and mentally. Sam did a fantastic job and he was very consistent. Also Matthias was the same. Doringer also paid tribute to Sanz, saying: What the lady does is amazing.


    While the Dakar Rally attracts the worlds elite rally-raid riders, it is also a magnet for private teams and amateur riders who make up most of the field of competitors. Ninety-seven, of the original field of 146 were at the finish in Buenos Aires.

    The remarkable spirit of the Dakar was perfectly captured in two incidents. Speaking from his hospital bed in La Paz after a massive crash in the fourth stage, Price said his biggest regret was letting down his team. Then, on Thursday, Slovakian KTM rider Stefan Svitko, who finished second last year collapsed with exhaustion at the end of the special and had to be transported by ambulance to the bivouac. He later returned, picked up his bike and was on the start for Fridays penultimate stage. Svitko crossed the finish line in overall 25th place.


    Dream Dakar debut for Hero Motosports: Joaquim Rodrigues claims 10th place, C.S. Santosh finishes in 47.


    Hero Motosports Team Rally made motorsports history when its two riders, Joaquim Rodrigues and C.S Santosh climbed up the finish ramp at the Automobile Club of Argentina, ensuring that the Indian manufacturer attained the distinction of achieving 100 percent success in the iconic Dakar Rally in its debut appearance. After completing the 9,000-km run today across Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina it was time to pop the champagne.

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    Hero Motosports Team Rally was set up in April 2016 in strategic partnership with German off-road motorcycle specialist, Speedbrain GmbH. But in just a few months, the team set a cracking pace in their race developments and took the plunge into the worlds biggest off-racing event.

    For the newest team in the Dakar paddock there was more to celebrate. Rodrigues, not only finished the rally, he exceeded the expectations of the fans and team members by claiming a highly coveted 10th place finish on his first Dakar appearance. Santosh, the teams second rider, who made his third appearance in the worlds toughest rally, too finished in a highly creditable 47th place in the overall general classification to make it a near perfect Dakar for the Indian Team.

    In the morning, the riders had one last thing do: to finish the 64-km 12th special stage of the 2017 edition of the Dakar. In comparison to the length of the specials that are run in this rally, the distance might not appear to be intimidating, but still they needed to ensure there were no unexpected twists to the dream story.

    Rodrigues completed his timed run in 33 minutes 57 seconds that put him in 15th place in the stage ranking, while Santosh covered the distance in 40 minutes 39 seconds that put him 45th place for the day. After 12 stages Rodrigues clocked 34 hours 25minutes 59 seconds, while Santosh finished all the timed sections in 42 hours 01 minute 16 seconds.

    Mr. Pawan Munjal, Chairman, MD & CEO Hero MotoCorp: This was the debut season of Hero Motosports Ream Rally at Dakar 2017. We had full faith in our riders C.S. Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues and they demonstrated excellent skill, endurance and temperament with their superlative performance. This is indeed a significant milestone in the global journey of Brand Hero.

    Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp: Frankly knowing the team, their team spirit and knowing how professional they are, I believed that they would make it across the finish line. What this team has achieved is much more than what I had expected. It was a huge team effort with great understanding, a good bike and good bunch of professionals working together with the freedom to operate. I am really proud of all of them. For us at Hero MotoCorp a new experience has started and awareness about Brand Hero has increased exponentially on a global level.

    Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain GmbH: Mission accomplished with 100 percent arrival at the finish. Its something that everyone could just wish for a brand-new project, a new team and new partner like Hero MotoCorp, which is biggest motorcycle producer in the world. Its a dream come true for us and in the partnership between Speedbrain and Hero MotoCorp. We also had the pleasure to have Joaquim Rodrigues, a rookie who showed the world what he is capable of by finishing in the top 10, and CS Santosh, the fastest Indian pilot in our team, finishing in a decent position in the top 50. I am very happy with the result, but I am even more happy that we have a strong team. Its the beginning a great new adventure. It was indeed a special occasion to have Mr. Pawan Munjal, CMD of Hero MotoCorp at the arrival podium that coincided with the market launch of Hero in the Argentinian market. It couldnt be better.

    Joaquim Rodrigues, Portugal (Comp No 27): Yes, the 2017 Dakar is done, and I am very happy. It was my first rally, so that makes it even more special. And to reach Buenos Aires being in the top 10 is indeed a great feeling. It was something I never thought of in the beginning. I am very thankful to Hero Motosports Team Rally that they taught me about this format of off-road racing. Whats equally important is that both the bikes finished the rally. It shows how good and reliable they are.

    C.S. Santosh, India (Comp No. 42): Its always a pleasure to reach the finish podium in the Dakar. Its an incredible feeling. I am satisfied with my performance, though I would have loved to finish much higher up in the rankings. But this is the Dakar. There were some good days and some not so good days. I have learnt a lot working with this team and they delivered a very strong and a fast bike. I think we have some interesting days ahead of us. I once again thank the team for lending its full support.


    Results:
    1 SUNDERLAND SAM (GBR) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 32h06m22s
    2 WALKNER MATTHIAS (AUT) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 32h38m22s +32m00s
    3 FARRES GUELL GERARD (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY 32h42m02s +35m40s
    4 VAN BEVEREN ADRIEN (FRA) YAMAHA WR450F 32h42m50s +36m28s
    5 BARREDA BORT JOAN (ESP) HONDA CRF450RALLY 32h49m30s +43m08s
    6 GONALVES PAULO (PRT) HONDA CRF450RALLY 32h58m51s +52m29s
    7 RENET PIERRE ALEXANDRE (FRA) HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 33h03m57s +57m35s
    8 CAIMI FRANCO (ARG) HONDA CRF450 RALLY 33h48m40s +01h42m18s
    9 RODRIGUES HELDER (PRT) YAMAHA WR450F 34h09m28s +02h03m06s
    10 RODRIGUES JOAQUIM (PRT) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 34h25m59s +02h19m37s
    11 SALVATIERRA JUAN CARLOS (BOL) KTM 450 34h29m15s +02h22m53s
    12 KLYMCIW ONDREJ (CZE) HUSQVARNA HUSQVARNA FR 450 RALLY 34h29m52s +02h23m30s
    13 PEDRERO GARCIA JUAN (ESP) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 34h39m08s +02h32m46s
    14 METGE MICHAEL (FRA) HONDA CRF450RALLY 02h11m30s 34h44m54s +02h38m32s
    15 DUPLESSIS DIEGO MARTIN (ARG) KTM 450 RALLY EXC 35h07m26s +03h01m04s
    16 SANZ LAIA (ESP) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 35h08m16s +03h01m54s
    17 GYENES EMANUEL (ROU) KTM 450 RALLY REPLICA 35h54m58s +03h48m36s
    18 SMITH TODD (AUS) KTM 450 RR 35h59m47s +03h53m25s
    19 OLIVERAS CARRERAS DANIEL (ESP) KTM 450 36h06m19s +03h59m57s
    20 PATRAO MRIO (PRT) KTM 450 RALLY 36h10m52s +04h04m30s
    21 ESPAA MUOZ CRISTIAN (AND) KTM WR 450 36h16m48s +04h10m26s
    22 METGE ADRIEN (FRA) SHERCO TVS RTR 450 36h25m31s +04h19m09s
    47 CS SANTOSH (IND) HERO SPEEDBRAIN 450 RALLY 42h01m16s +09h54m54s


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