Sherco TVS rider Michael Metge continued his robust kind on the 2019 Merzouga Rally, placing within the quickest time to take his first-ever stage win on the occasion. Masking round 212km – together with a 145km particular stage – the second stage required opponents to deal with sandy stretches, a big dune sector round Merzouga and even a mounting crossing the place navigation performed a key function.
Metge’s stage win now takes him as much as 2nd place within the general Moto standings. "Navigation was actually laborious at present. I stored a watch on Adrien [Van Beveren], who navigated supremely nicely, to have a line to observe and sustain the tempo. This helped me to win the stage. It's my first Afriquia Merzouga Rally and I'm having a blast! I hope I'll proceed to have enjoyable,” he stated.
Hero Motosports’ Oriol Mena completed simply behind Metge in Stage 2 to climb as much as fifth place within the general standings. Commenting on his Stage 2 end result, Mena stated, "I felt very well at present. The second a part of the particular was improbable, much more so as a result of I didn't make any navigational errors. I'm not one to obsess in regards to the end result, however it's nonetheless nice to do in addition to I did at present.”
Mena’s teammate Joaquim Rodrigues confronted a couple of navigational challenges, however but managed to finish Stage 2 in 4th place. This end result slots him into third place within the normal classification. Sherco TVS’ Aravind KP endured a tough stage owing to technical points and is now 67th, general, after being positioned 69th in Stage 2.
In the meantime, Abdul Wahid Tanveer, who’s taking part in Enduro class for Sherco TVS, continued his good kind to finish the stage in 2nd place, serving to him retain third place within the general standings.
Total standings after Stage 2
2. Michael Metge
67. Aravind KP
three. Abdul Wahid Tanveer (Enduro class)
three. Joaquim Rodrigues
5. Oriol Mena