Santosh set for another Dakar

Santosh set for another Dakar

India's CS Santosh, Joaquim Rodrigues and Oroil Mena were named in the three-member Hero MotoSports Team Rally for the Dakar Rally 2018.

Inducted in the team this September, Spaniard Mena is part of Hero MotoSports' vision to identify new talent and nurture them into professional rally riders. Mena will be making his debut at the Dakar.

The new 'Hero RR 450' rally bike will also be making its debut at the Dakar this year. The new bike is an upgrade of the well-proven rally bike from last year, with new design and styling of tank, body parts and front section to improve mass centralization, handling and riding ergonomics.

Hero MotoSports Team Rally had an impressive debut year with the distinction of being the only manufacturer team with 100 per cent arrivals at the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally.

The Team also managed to register its maiden win at BAJA India and a podium finish at the Desert Storm.

After making an impressive debut at Dakar 2017 with a stellar 12th place finish, the Team is now fully geared-up to exceed its previous performance at Dakar 2018.

Commenting on the occasion, Markus Braunsperger the CTO said:"We are excited and prepared for Dakar 2018. The team is stronger, both in terms of men and machine. We are focused on improving our last years performance at the Dakar next month and believe that we have the right tools to do it.

"Next year, will be important for us, as we aim to win more rallies and grow the sport in India."

The biggest rally-raid in the world, Dakar, for its 40th edition will cross three countries, starting with Peru on January 6, 2018 and travelling through Bolivia before concluding in Argentina on January 20, 2018.

This edition is expected to witness participation of 500 competitors from 60 countries who will cover a grueling stretch of almost 9,000 km. Out of the overall 14 stages, seven will include 100 per cent dunes/off-piste, 1 marathon stage for all categories and 1 marathon stage for bikes and quads only.

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