Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport division of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp, added yet another impressive finish to their record, with both riders of the Team registering a top 20 finish at the Merzouga Rally 2018.

The week-longMerzouga Rally came to its conclusion on Friday, with the last stagekicking-off in Motocross style. It was a high-octane and intensely foughtstage, all in dunes, which aptly brought the curtains down on the rally on ahigh. 

For theTeam, the Rally ended in another good result with Oriol Mena finishing in top15 at 15th position and C S Santosh finishing in top 20 at the19th place. The Team will take a lot of positives from thisresult considering that in this edition almost all the top teams and top ridersof the Dakar were competing, imparting it a flavour of a “mini-Dakar”. 

WolfgangFischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, “It was a good race forus with many positives coming out. We tried some new combinations with Menafirst time riding on the Dakar evolution bike and J Rod contributing a lot inhis role as a mentor. We enjoyed the race and in the end we got top 15 for Menaand top 20 for Santosh. We did face some minor issue that prevented us fromhaving a better result, especially for Mena, but we will take all theselearnings to increase our capabilities further. All in all a good race and agood base to start our Dakar preparations.” 

OriolMena, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, “This was the last andthe shortest stage of the rally with only 48 km to cover, which they furtherreduced to 40 km due to some last minute changes. I started with the fastestgroup of riders but decided to maintain my own speed because I did not want totake unnecessary risk in the last stage. My focus was to get my Hero bikeacross the finish line and I am happy to have put the bike in the Parc Ferme.One more race in the books for me and will be going home with rich experience.” 

C SSantosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, “It was our first internationalrally after the Dakar. I am really glad to have finished the Merzouga, as I wasa little worried after the crash I had at the Desert Storm. Overall I think Imade fewer mistakes this year and improved a lot in my speed and navigation,this is been a good learning experience for me. The bike and the team have beenfantastic and helped me get the bike home every day. Now I will look to buildupon this experience for the next races to come.”

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