Mer­zouga Rally, Morocco

Sherco TVS rider Joan Pe­drero fin­ishes fourth over­all



Mer­zouga Rally put man and ma­chine to the test as rally teams from all over the world con­verged to Morocco to prove that they have what it takes. The top step of the podium went to French rider Xavier De Soul­trait, who put his Yamaha through the gru­elling six stages with a time of 14:54:36, fol­lowed by Cata­lan rider Ger­ard Far­rés Guell pi­lot­ing a KTM. Ar­gentina’s Franco Caimi claimed the last step of the podium, also rid­ing a Yamaha rally ma­chine.

Joan Pe­drero, rid­ing for the Sherco TVS team, per­formed con­sis­tently through the chal­leng­ing stages to fin­ish in fourth place, just miss­ing out on a podium spot, while his team-mate, Aravind KP, re­cently re­cov­ered from a shoul­der in­jury sus­tained at the 2017 Dakar Rally, fin­ished in 21st place.

Af­ter prov­ing his abil­i­ties in the In­dia Baja and se­cur­ing a spot in the 2018 Dakar Rally, Ben­galu­rubased Abdul Wa­heed Tan­veer, also rid­ing for the Sherco TVS team, fin­ished a re­spectable 27th place in his first in­ter­na­tional rally raid out­ing, while the team’s fourth rider, Adrien Metge, faced tech­ni­cal dif­fi­cul­ties early on, but still man­aged to fin­ish the race, al­beit in 53rd place.

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