Bangalore, January 21, 2018 It was a glorious day for Hero MotoSports Team Rally at Cordoba as the Dakar Rally 2018 came to a grand end after a grueling 14-day journey. For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the rally-racing division of the world’s largest two-wheeler maker - Hero MotoCorp, it was a particularly special day as it delivered its best ever Dakar finish in only its second Dakar appearance.

Oriol Menaof Hero MotoSports Team Rally impressed everyone and finished at an outstanding7th position in his debut Dakar Rally. Delivering consistent top 10 stagestowards the end of the rally, while everyone was getting tired, Mena shows histremendous skills and stamina and his ability to learn fast. He was adjudged asthe ‘Best Rookie Rider’ of the Rally.

Indian star CS Santosh became the first and theonly Indian rider to have finished the Dakar Rally thrice. More significantly,this year he also achieved his best performance ever, finishing the Rally at35th position. His performance was even more appreciable, given the increasedcompetition level and the Rally being at its toughest in the recent past.

HeroMotoSports Team Rally is fast gaining a reputation for bringing in top classdebutants to the Rally every year. If it was the 12th place finish of JoaquimRodrigues last year, this year it was Oriol Mena’s turn to better last year’sresult for the Team.

With thisperformance, Hero MotoSports Team Rally has proved that the Team is focused andcapable of delivering top class results at the world arena.

Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports TeamRally said: “This year was our toughest Dakar experience so far. It did notstart well with the accident of Joaquim Rodrigues and then our other ridersfacing difficulties in the tough Peru stages. But finally, witnessing Mena andCS making it to the finish line is a joy. CS getting his best-ever result inthe toughest Dakar is an achievement we are really proud of! For Oriol, it wasa big accomplishment to finish in the top 10. He kept going up the rankings inthe second half of the Rally, which gives me a lot of confidence for the team’sfuture. We send our best regards to JRod for a fast recovery and are countingon him to come back to racing soon. I also give my compliments to the entireTeam for working really hard and not allowing any technical issues to hamperthe riders. Finally our thanks and regards to our fans. It’s just a fantasticfeeling at the moment.”

Oriol Mena(Comp No: 61) said: “I am really happy with my results. I enjoyed the Dakar alot. The last stage felt the longest, as I approached the finish line. But I amnow at the finish line and also having won in the rookie class, I feelelated.  It’s a real good result and whatcan I say, dreams do come true.”

C.S Santosh(Comp No: 49) said: “It was as tough Dakar this year for sure, every day youhad to bow down to the stages. I had lots of ups and downs, some high points inthe beginning, and then some lows as well. I think it was everything that youwould envision a Dakar to be. I am happy to make it to the finish line of yetanother Dakar. My best Dakar so far so I am really happy to be going home withthat.”

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