Each Indian groups – Hero MotoSports Group Rally and Sherco TVS Rally Manufacturing facility Group – have kicked off the 2019 Afriquia Merzouga Rally on a excessive word, with Michael Metge, Abdul Wahid Tanveer and Joaquim Rodrigues all ending Stage 1 within the high 5 of their respective classes.
The primary stage of the rally – comprising sand dunes and rocky terrain with the added problem of difficult navigation – noticed the riders traverse 210km. Competing within the 450cc class for Sherco TVS, Metge put in a robust efficiency to finish the stage in third place. Indian rider Aravind KP encountered a problem together with his bike’s odometer, additional complicating navigation. He in the end completed the stage in 31st place.
Abdul Wahid Tanveer additionally loved a profitable first stage for Sherco TVS within the Enduro class, with a third-place end.
Over at Hero MotoSports, each Rodrigues and Oriol Mena clinched robust outcomes regardless of shedding a while owing to navigation errors. Rodrigues was the highest performer for the group, accomplished Stage 1 in 4th place, whereas Mena completed in seventh place.
The Merzouga Rally kicks off each groups’ preparation for subsequent yr’s Dakar Rally, providing a super coaching floor for the riders. This yr’s occasion will cowl 1,200km in whole throughout 5 days, together with 750km on particular phases.
Outcomes after Stage 1
three. Michael Metge
31. Aravind KP
three. Abdul Wahid Tanveer (Enduro class)
four. Joaquim Rodrigues
7. Oriol Mena