MO­TOR­SPORT

Hero Mo­toS­ports Team Rally fin­ishes in­side top five, Sherco TVS’s Ab­dul Wahid Tan­veer wins En­duro class

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TEN SEASONS IN AND MOROCCO’S LEG­ENDARY Mer­zouga Rally still man­ages to give rally vet­er­ans and new­bies their sandi­est night­mares. It’s the per­fect step up for any rally ath­lete look­ing for­ward to the no­to­ri­ous Dakar Rally. The un­pre­dictable sand dunes, rocky ter­rain and scorch­ing desert heat re­quire a knack for ef­fec­tive nav­i­ga­tion and im­mense rid­ing skill. Yamaha works rider Adrien Van Bev­eren stormed to the top of the bike cat­e­gory while Axel Dutrie took the win for the Quads. Dakar champ Nasser Al-At­tiyah took the top spot in the side-by-side cat­e­gory pi­lot­ing a Can-Am SxS.

The open­ing stage was made up of smaller dunes, un­til the bikes reached Erg Chebbi. The dunes here re­quire pro­found fo­cus on nav­i­ga­tion. Yamaha works rider, Van Bev­eren got off to a quick start and also set the fastest time with pri­vate en­trant Ste­fan Svitko in close tether on his KTM. Fol­low­ing the leader was Sherco TVS Rally Fac­tory teams’s Michael Metge who was close to 10 min­utes be­hind Bev­eren.

Van Bev­eren lost pace in the sec­ond stage, hand­ing the lead to Sherco TVS’s Metge, with Hero Mo­toS­port’s Oriol Mena only a minute be­hind. In­ter­est­ingly, in one of the lat­ter stages Jamie McCan­ney and Hero’s Joaqium Ro­drigues were right on Bev­eren’s tail with only three sec­onds sep­a­rat­ing them. Van Bev­eren’s stel­lar per­for­mance and con­sis­tency earned him the ti­tle, with Ross Branch in sec­ond place, Hero’s Oriol Mena in third and J-Rod in fourth place. A host of tech­ni­cal is­sues forced Michael into early re­tire­ment, while team­mate Aravind KP, who fin­ished stage one in the 31st po­si­tion, ended the rally in 51st po­si­tion. Sherco TVS’s Ab­dul Wahid Tan­veer con­sis­tently fin­ished in­side the top three of the En­duro class, giv­ing Jarmuz Krzysztof a tough fight for the sec­ond place. Tan­veer ul­ti­mately man­aged to fin­ish the rally in the sec­ond spot, be­hind Luigi Martel­lozzo who won the class. ⌧

TAN­VEER CON­SIS­TENTLY FIN­ISHED IN­SIDE THE TOP THREE GIV­ING JARMUZ KRZYSZTOF A TOUGH FIGHT FOR SEC­OND PLACE

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