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Hero MotoSports geared up to Dakar 2018 with Afriquia Merzouga Rally

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  • Hero MotoSports geared up to Dakar 2018 with Afriquia Merzouga Rally

    Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport division of Hero MotoCorp Ltd.. The rally, open to motorcycles, quads, and Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs), will be held from May 7-12 in Morocco.

    Close on the heels of back-to-back impressive performances - Dakar in January, a podium finish at the Desert Storm in February and victory at the India BAJA in April - the team is set to take its winning momentum to the Merzouga Rally.

    Making its second consecutive appearance at Afriquia Merzouga, Hero MotoSports Team Rally will field a full strength team, with both the riders -Indian ace C.S. Santosh and Portuguese supercross star, Joaquim Rodrigues.

    Afriquia Merzouga Rally involves six days of racing in southeast Morocco, including 1200 kms of fully off-road specials. This year, 145 vehicles ( 88 bikes, 23 quads, and 34 SidebySide) for a total of 178 competitors will be at the start of the Rally.

    Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally,C S Santosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, said, Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally, said,



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    Re: Hero MotoSports geared up to Dakar 2018 with Afriquia Merzouga Rally

    CS Santosh in 20th after Stage 1 at Afriquia Merzouga Rally on the Hero MotoSports Team Rally bike, while teammate JRod is in a strong 5th position.




    Afriquia Merzouga Rally 2017, Stage 1



    Joaquim Rodrigues wins the Prologue Stage

    The Afriquia Merzouga Rally is an ideal rally to kick start the preparation for the Dakar Rally. The teams and riders participating consider Merzouga Rally as an ideal training ground to familiarise themselves with the roadbook, the navigation and the machine. The 2017 edition of the Merzouga Rally proves to be all this and much more as this edition is expected to be much more technical and tougher. For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, participating in their 2nd Merzouga Rally, Day 1 opened up to an exciting start with JRod winning the Prologue and securing the 1st position in the start order for the Stage 1, while ace Indian rider, CS Santosh secured the 17th position.

    Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, "Today we had a really good start to the rally. We won the prologue, which was my first stage win at the Merzouga Rally, so it was a really good feeling. In the first special stage, I started first and opened the tracks and lost some time to the guys coming behind of course. In the end, we got to a good position for the next stage. Tomorrow we go to the desert and the dunes, so I hope I can keep up the way things are going now and reach to the last day in a good position."

    C S Santosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said,

    Stage two will see the riders getting tested in the first full day of the rally with 188 kms of special stage and 53 km of liason. The Erg Chebbi region of Merzouga is expected to pose tough challenge to the competitors with sand dunes to river beds to master amidst difficult navigation.

    Provisional Results Stage 1
    1. De Soultrait Xavier Yamaha 27:36 min
    2. Caimi Franco Yamaha +02:00 min
    3. Botturi Alessandro Yamaha +03:16 min
    5. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero MotoSports Team Rally +4:09 min
    20. C S Santosh Hero MotoSports Team Rally +07:50 min


    Preliminary Overall standings
    1. De Soultrait Xavier Yamaha 27:36 min
    2. Caimi Franco Yamaha +02:00 min
    3. Botturi Alessandro Yamaha +03:16 min
    5. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero MotoSports Team Rally +4:09 min
    20. C S Santosh Hero MotoSports Team Rally +07:50 min

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