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Dakar 2022: Hero MotoSports on the point of prime 10 after Stage 1 | Autocar India

Written by Gulati

Revealed On Jan 03, 2022 10:44:00 AM

Daniel Sanders and Nasser Al-Attiyah take the general lead as Stage 1 of Dakar 2022 concludes.

Stage 1 of the 2022 Dakar Rally has completed. The stage featured a 513km loop round Ha’il, with a 333km lengthy particular. As anticipated, navigation proved to be essential.

Representing the Indian contingent is Hero MotoSports with two riders, Aaron Mare and Joaquim Rodrigues, whereas TVS-backed rider Harith Noah is the one Indian taking part this yr. Learn on to learn the way they fared in Stage 1.

  • Mare finishes Stage 1 in 11th place
  • Rodrigues and Noah face navigation hassle

Marè simply outdoors prime 10 for Hero

Hero MotoSports’ latest recruit Aaron Mare received off to a robust begin. He was drafted in on the final minute to interchange an injured Franco Caimi and has been handed the powerful job of attending to grips with an all-new bike. Nevertheless, his huge expertise racing on sand paid off and he eased to an 11th place end.

Regardless of a robust begin, Joaquim Rodrigues bumped into some navigation points. He misplaced nearly an hour looking for the waypoint on the 165km mark, dropping right down to 30th place because of this. However that is simply the beginning of the Dakar, and with 11 extra levels to go, there’s loads of time to regain misplaced floor.

Dakar 2022 additionally kicks off the newly fashioned FIA and FIM World Rally-raid Championships for cross-country rallying.  The opponents within the motorbike class are divided into a number of lessons, and Hero MotoSports are competing within the premier Rally GP class. Caimi and Rodrigues are presently positioned 10th and 19th respectively within the class.

Harith Noah finishes 34th

By his personal admission, it was a troublesome opening stage for Harith Noah. He suffered a crash within the stage and this was additional compounded by navigation and technical points. He ended up ending the stage 34th general.

Final yr’s version noticed Noah make historical past by turning into the primary Indian rider to complete within the Dakar prime 20. Talking with Autocar India forward of his Dakar 2022 outing, he make clear the pressures of dwelling as much as that file, however harassed that slightly than wanting on the last purpose, he’s merely going to take it “kilometre-by-kilometre”. Click on right here to learn the complete interview.

Sanders and Al-Attiyah take the lead

GasGas rider Daniel Sanders has taken an early lead after profitable Stage 1 within the bikes class. Nasser Al-Attiyah, driving a T1+ Toyota Hilux, gained the stage within the automobiles class.

Reigning champion Stephane Peterhansel is on the again foot after his Audi RS Q e-tron suffered some heavy injury. Competing within the new T1 Final class, Audi’s radical new race automotive options three electrical motors, with a DTM-sourced petrol engine serving as an influence supply to cost the batteries.

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