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    Default Hero Motosports announces Dakar 2017 plan

    Hero MotoCorp’s motorsports division Hero Motosports Team Rally announced its entry into the Dakar 2017. The Riders showed a glimpse of their off-roading prowess at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology (CIT), Jaipur.

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    The team riders including CS Santosh, India’s most accomplished off-road rider and Joaquim Rodrigues, highly-experienced and versatile rider from Portugal, showcased the man and machine capabilities of the Team, on a specially designed off-road track. Designed under the supervision of French and German engineers, the track provided exciting obstacles for the riders on their upgraded Speedbrain 450 rally bikes.

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    CS Santosh, Hero Motosports Team Rally Pilot said,
    “We are absolutely proud to carry the tricolor of India to Dakar Rally 2017. This year will be a completely different experience for me, as I am a going to participate as a member of the world-class factory team. After a great first qualifier, we are now charged-up for the Oilibya Rally in October. Hero MotoSports Team Rally has all the traits of a champion team and I am hopeful that we will put-up a great show at the Dakar next year.”
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    Joaquim Rodrigues, Hero Motosports Team Rally Pilot said,
    “I am extremely excited to be a part of Hero MotoSports Team Rally. Even though this is a new set-up, I’m confident that the team has a bright future with all the right ingredients to make a successful rally-team. The synergy created by Hero will not only help improve the team’s fortunes, but also help bring in more viewers to the sport and popularize it in new markets.”
    The Hero Motosports Team Rally had an impressive run at the Afriquia Merzouga Rally earlier this year, with Rodrigues having a top 10 finish (9th spot) while while Santosh closing the rally at 16th spot in the overall standings.

    In May 2016, Hero MotoCorp forayed into the world of motorcycle rally racing by entering into a strategic partnership with Speedbrain GmbH, the German off-road racing specialist to form Hero MotoCorp Team Rally. In addition to participating in international rallies across the globe, the team will also assist in development and testing of new Hero vehicles concepts, using the data collected from the races.

    The team is being headed by Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain and is working under the direct supervision of Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Hero MotoCorp.

    Speaking at the event, Dr. Markus Braunsperger, CTO, Hero MotoCorp said,
    “Motorbike rally racing is the toughest form of motorsport in the world. In addition to putting to test the endurance limit of the riders, it is the ultimate platform to evaluate the competency of the machines. We at Hero, are aggressively working towards elevating our product development capabilities to global standards and our presence at the international racing circuit gives us an opportunity to further refine our vehicle concepts. Today, I am extremely excited to welcome the members of the Hero Motosports Team Rally at Hero CIT. Being the hub for all our R&D efforts, Hero CIT is the ideal location to introduce our team to the nation.”
    News Source: Hero MotoCorp Press Release
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    Default Re: Hero Motosports announces Dakar 2017 plan

    Nice, a big kudos to Hero Motors for promoting and getting this breed of riders into the mainstream competition. With guys like CS and Rodrigues, I am sure that this is just the beginning of the new era.

    way to go .... All the Best!!!!! Godspeed !!!!

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