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Indo-French squad Sherco TVS registered its second consecutive victory in Baja Aragon after Michael Metge dominated the two-day Spanish rally from start to finish.
Sherco TVS ace Adrien Metge says Indian cross-country rallies need to ramp up security around their events before they can consider replacing GPS devices with roadbooks.
Indian manufacturer Hero MotoCorp bagged a podium finish in the Merzouga Rally, with Oriol Menna finishing third after five days of rigorous cross-country rallying.
Sherco TVS recorded its second win in the annual PanAfrica rally, with Michael Metge claiming the top spot for the Indo-French outfit.
India’s CS Santosh secured a career-best 34th place result in the 2018 Dakar Rally, while teammate Oriol Mena allowed Hero to outclass Sherco TVS in the battle among the Indian manufacturers.
Hero’s CS Santosh consolidated his position in the penultimate stage of Dakar Rally, as Sherco TVS’ Joan Pedrero finished fifth to bring down the deficit to Oriol Mena.
India’s CS Santosh moved further up the order after putting on a gritty performance in the second marathon stage of Dakar Rally, while Hero teammate Oriol Mena broke inside the top-10.
Hero’s CS Santosh broke inside the top-40 in the overall classifications of Dakar Rally despite suffering a crash in the 10th stage on Tuesday.
CS Santosh continued to move up the order in the second Marathon stage of Dakar Rally, while Hero teammate Oriol Mena leapfrogged Sherco TVS rival Joan Pedrero in the standings
CS Santosh returned inside the top-50 in the overall classification of the Dakar Rally after finishing 39th in Saturday’s Stage 7.
Hero’s CS Santosh posted the 38th fastest time in the sixth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally, notching up his best stage result since Sunday’s S2.
Hero’s CS Santosh consolidated his position in the fifth stage of the gruelling Dakar Rally, while fellow countryman Aravind KP retired with an unfortunate crash close to the finish.
Aravind KP dropped down the order in the fourth stage of Dakar Rally, while fellow countryman CS Santosh’s recovery from Monday’s low was slowed down by a crash.
Sherco TVS’ Aravind KP broke inside the top-30 in the third stage of Dakar Rally, while fellow countryman CS Santosh dropped down the order with a fuel cap issue.
CS Santosh remains the top Indian rider after the second stage of Dakar Rally, while Sherco TVS ecliped Hero MotoSports to take lead in the inter-team battle.
Hero’s CS Santosh finished as the top Indian rider in the 2017 Merzouga Rally, but it was Sherco TVS that emerged as the lead Indian manufacturer after the final stage on Friday.
TVS Sherco rider Aravind KP believes his first Dakar outing was a valuable experience to build upon his future runs, even though it was cut short due to injury.
Aravind KP is focussed on seeing the chequered flag, keeping a realistic goal for himself in his first-ever Dakar outing starting next week.