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