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Thread: Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team's squad for the Rally of Morocco announced

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    Default Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team's squad for the Rally of Morocco announced

    Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team announced their 3-rider squad for the Rally of Morocco 2019 which commences on October 3rd, and ends on October 9th 2019. The Rally of Morocco 2019 is the final round of FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship, will witness Michael Metge, Lorenzo Santolino, and Johnny Aubert race in the Rally category from the team.



    Commenting on the team, Mr B. Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing, said, “The dunes of the Sahara Desert at the Rally of Morocco have always been a testing ground for us. We intend to challenge our previous stints in the Rally and hope to deliver consistent performances in all stages. I wish our riders all the luck for Rally of Morocco.”

    Michael Metge, Racer, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team, said, “I hope to better my overall performance from the previous Rallies and give it my best shot. We plan to finish the stages with a strategic momentum and end the Rally on a high note.”

    The racers will cover a distance of 2500 kilometres, spread over 5 stages, during the 6 days of the Rally. The Rally of Morocco 2019 which includes bikes/ quads/trucks/cars & SSV categories, will see 160 competitors traversing through the dunes and tricky trails of Moroccan desert across different stages and routes around Erfoud and Fez.

    About the Racers

    Michael Metge comes on board with his vast Dakar experience, having participated in the Dakar Rally 7 times with 3 podium finishes in individual stages. The winner of Panafrica Rally 2018 and two-time Baja Aragon (2018 & 2019) champion, Michael is participating in Rally of Morocco for the second time.



    Lorenzo Santolino
    is a Spanish racer who joined the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team in 2018. Devouring his passion for racing at the age of eight years, he was hailed with the title of Enduro World Champion in 2010, and came third at the World E1 Championship, 2015. Santolino has also won the Spanish Championship 7 times between Enduro and Xc. He finished the 2019 Baja Aragon at fourth position in overall rankings.



    Johnny Aubert
    is a French Enduro rider and was a strong performer in Dakar Rally 2018. The two-time Enduro world champion began racing at the age of four years and has won more than 40 Enduro GP’s in his career. He finished the Dakar Rally 2018 at sixth position.


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    Default Re: Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team's squad for the Rally of Morocco announced

    Stage 1 of Rally of Morocco saw riders covering the distance of 540 km. At the end of the stage, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team’s Lorenzo Santolino stands at P7, Johnny Aubert at P25, and Michael Metge at P28 in the FIM Motorcycle category.







    David Casteu, Team Manager, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said, "Lorenzo is doing exceptionally well in the Rally and is in a good pace. Johnny started first in the Rally and is riding without any mistakes. It was a long day for Michael but we are confident he packs in good timing in the next stage. The bikes are in good shape and are ready for the marathon stage today.”

    Lorenzo Santolino, Racer, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said “I am thrilled to complete the Stage 1 with the top riders. The navigational terrains are a big challenge but our team and technicians are keeping a good check on the bikes to ensure optimum performance in the Rally.”

    The Stage 2 of the Rally will be a marathon race and will cover 570 km with a 370 km special to Erfoud.

    Rankings for Stage 1:

    Lorenzo Santolino – P7

    Johnny Aubert – P25

    Michael Metge – P28

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    Default Re: Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team's squad for the Rally of Morocco announced

    The first leg of the marathon stage concluded with riders covering a distance of about 435 km. At the end of the stage, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team’s Johnny Aubert stands at P17, Michael Metge at P20, and Lorenzo Santolino at P27 in the FIM Motorcycle category.







    David Casteu, Team Manager, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said, "The terrain of the marathon stage was a mix of grass, sand, gravel, and lot of rocks, which is challenging for both rider and the machine. The navigation is the key to sustain your rankings in the race. Rally of Morocco is an ultimate training ground for Dakar and I am thrilled to see our riders taking the challenge with consistent performance. The entire team is determined to give our best.”

    Johnny Aubert, Racer, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said “It was a long, tough stage but I am happy to complete the first leg of the marathon stage without being too aggressive on the bike. I did lose a couple of minutes due to miss in navigation but I covered it midway in the stage. I hope to give my best shot in the next leg of the marathon stage.”

    The Stage 3 of the Rally will be the second leg of the marathon race and will cover 540 km to Erfoud.

    Rankings for Stage 2:

    • Johnny Aubert – P17

    • Michael Metge – P20

    • Lorenzo Santolino – P27

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    Default Re: Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team's squad for the Rally of Morocco announced

    The second and final leg of the marathon stage concluded with riders covering a distance of about 540 km. At Stage 3, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team’s Johnny Aubert stands at P4, Michael Metge at P9, and Lorenzo Santolino at P12 in the FIM Motorcycle category.







    David Casteu, Team Manager, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said, "We are thrilled to finish the marathon stage with good rankings. Johnny is riding remarkably well in the Rally, with Michael and Lorenzo working together to give a strong finish to the team. Our technical team is giving constant support to our racers without taking rest for a single day and I can’t thank them more.”

    Johnny Aubert, Racer, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said “I am happy to end the marathon stage on a good note. The first half of the stage was little difficult due to a rocky terrain but the rest of the route was smooth which helped us climb rankings in the race. I am grateful to the team for developing the bike as per the need of the track and my confidence with handling the bike is increasing along with each stage.”

    The penultimate Stage 4 of the Rally will cover 510 km to Erfoud.

    Rankings for Stage 3:

    Johnny Aubert – P4

    Michael Metge – P9

    Lorenzo Santolino – P12

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