Mishra takes Desert Storm

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AABHISHEK MISHRA (co-driver Venu Rameshku­mar) won the 16th edi­tion of the Maruti-Suzuki Desert Storm, which con­cluded in Jaisalmer. The 2,000km plus rally raid was flagged off in Noida and over the course of six days saw com­peti­tors bat­tle it out in Ra­jasthan. Favourite in the Xtreme cat­e­gory, de­fend­ing cham­pion Suresh Rana with Maruti-Suzuki Mo­tor­sport had an un­for­tu­nate me­chan­i­cal fail­ure, in the third leg, ef­fec­tively pro­mot­ing Mishra to first. In se­cond was Raj Singh Rathore (co-driver Sagar Mal­lap­pa­time) with Niju Pa­dia (co-driver Ni­rav Me­hta) in third. In the Moto cat­e­gory, Aaron Mare of An­gata Rac­ing fin­ished on the top step, with San­tolino Lorenzo of TVS Rac­ing in se­cond, while Mare’s team­mate San­jay Ku­mar fin­ished in third. CS San­tosh suf­fered a crash early on and was forced to re­tire.

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