THE AFRICAN RAID!

Evo India - - 2020 DAKAR RALLY -

It was around the year 2008, when the Dakar moved from Africa to South Amer­ica, fol­low­ing which the Africa Eco Race promised to fill in the gap, let­ting par­tic­i­pants ex­pe­ri­ence the old Dakar route span­ning close to 8,000km. Hun­dreds of ral­ly­ists, both pro­fes­sional and am­a­teur, par­tic­i­pate in this 11-stage rally which puts them through the vast deserts and harsh­est ter­rain.

This year, vet­eran rally rider, Ashish Rao­rane en­dured all odds, in­clud­ing be­ing di­ag­nosed with dengue just a few days be­fore he flew to Monaco for the flag-off, to com­pete in the 2020 edi­tion. A marine en­gi­neer by pro­fes­sion, Ashish man­aged to hold his ground in the be­gin­ning with his strong­est fin­ish be­ing 17th place. How­ever, mi­nor er­rors in nav­i­ga­tion caused him to lose time in a few of the stages. In the eighth stage he spent the night in the dunes due to a tech­ni­cal fail­ure with the bike for which he was awarded a sev­en­hour penalty. He was picked up by the sweep truck early next day and could only take the start once his bike (which was on an­other truck) was back at the bivouac, which meant his next start was stage 11 where he fin­ished 51st putting him in 57th over­all, which de­spite his health con­di­tions and set­backs, is highly re­spectable for a pri­vate en­trant with no fac­tory back­ing.

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