The 2019 Merzouga Rally concluded, with the fifth and closing stage taking opponents by means of the dunes of southeast Morocco. Staying true to custom, the ultimate stage noticed a mass begin, with SxS drivers beginning first, adopted by the Quad riders after which riders within the Moto class. General, it turned out to be a profitable occasion for Hero MotoSports, with the group claiming its first podium end of the season.
Oriol Mena put in a constantly robust efficiency all through all of the levels main as much as the finale. Nevertheless, he confronted a difficult run within the closing stage – struggling a fall early on whereas attempting to keep away from crashing into one other driver. He recovered to finish the stage with the seventh quickest time, which was nearly sufficient for him to safe third place within the total Moto standings. This marked Mena’s first-ever podium end in rallying, since his made his worldwide rally debut in 2017.
Mena’s Hero MotoSports teammate Joaquim Rodrigues completed simply shy of the highest three. Setting the third quickest time in Stage 5 helped him safe 4th place total.
Sherco TVS additionally completed robust, with Aravind KP climbing as much as 51st place within the total standings after setting the 23rd quickest time within the closing stage. "It has actually been an ideal rally, extremely technical and demanding, particularly when it comes to navigation. I felt actually good on the bike and managed to flee any mechanical issues, other than an oil leak in the future. Once you get a lot pleasure out of a rally, you may't wait to offer it one other go!" he stated.
Abdul Wahid Tanveer took 2nd place total within the Enduro class for Sherco TVS, after ending the ultimate stage in 2nd place. The Indian rider constantly remained within the prime three of the Enduro class because the begin of the rally, even setting the quickest time in his class within the earlier stage.
As for the general winners, Adrien Van Beveren clinched victory within the Moto class by near 25 minutes over 2nd positioned Department Ross, after profitable the fifth and closing stage. Nasser Al-Attiyah gained the SxS class, whereas Axel Dutrie took victory within the Quad class.
three. Oriol Mena
four. Joaquim Rodrigues
51. Aravind KP
2. Abdul Wahid Tanveer (Enduro)