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Hero MotoSports reveals Dakar 2022 rider line-up | Autocar India

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Revealed On Dec 09, 2021 06:57:00 PM

Joaquim Rodrigues and Franco Caimi will race for the Indian squad on the upcoming 2022 Dakar Rally in January.

Hero MotoSports will area two riders for the upcoming 2022 Dakar Rally, which is able to run from January 1-14 subsequent 12 months. Hero’s longtime rider Joaquim Rodrigues will likely be joined by Franco Caimi as they sort out the tough deserts of Saudi Arabia.

·         2022 Dakar Rally to run from January 1-14

·         Buhler dominated out attributable to harm

·         CS Santosh sits out as he continues his restoration

Rodrigues and Caimi to race for Hero at Dakar 2022

The upcoming Dakar Rally will likely be Hero MotoSports’ sixth go at what is basically thought of to be one of many hardest races on the earth. Rodrigues has been with the group since its inception in 2016, whereas this will likely be Caimi’s first Dakar outing for the group. Nevertheless, the latter has competed in a handful of rallies with Hero since signing with the group earlier this 12 months. Caimi can be no stranger to the Dakar Rally, having competed within the occasion on 5 earlier events.

Each riders have secured podium finishes this 12 months – Caimi on the Silk Means Rally, whereas Rodrigues completed third on the Abu Dhabi Desert Problem. The duo will compete astride the Hero 450 Rally bike, which the group says has been up to date to supply “improved prime velocity and acceleration”.

Buhler and CS Santosh dominated out

Sebastian Buhler has been competing with Hero MotoSports all year long and was on the roster for the group’s Dakar 2022 line-up. Sadly, he injured himself on the Abu Dhabi Desert Problem final month and has been dominated out, consequently.

Indian rally ace CS Santosh additionally continues to construct his power and kind following his crash on the 2021 Dakar Rally and can sit out of the upcoming version.

“Now we have had an amazing 12 months up to now and we look ahead to beginning the subsequent 12 months with a robust efficiency on the Dakar 2022,” mentioned Wolfgang Fischer, group supervisor, Hero MotoSports Workforce Rally.

The preparations for the group have been good, and though we’re two riders brief, we’re assured of an amazing marketing campaign on the Dakar. The bikes have additionally been performing very nicely, and we’re excited to be again for our sixth tryst with the last word take a look at. I additionally want our group riders CS Santosh and Sebastian Buhler a speedy restoration, and hope to see them again within the camp quickly.”

2022 Dakar Rally route

Dakar returns to Saudi Arabia for the third 12 months working, however this new version will characteristic sand and dunes extra closely than ever earlier than.

The brand new route will see rivals enterprise into what known as the ‘Empty Quarter’ – a desert that’s almost the dimensions of France, extending over the complete south-eastern area of the nation. Right here, a complete of three levels, together with a Marathon Stage with no exterior help in a single day, will happen solely within the dunes. With lesser rocky levels, contributors will have the ability to benefit from the panorama, ought to they ace the difficult navigation.

Rivals will sort out a complete of 8,000km, together with liaison levels. A complete of 430 autos will hit the beginning line, and 149 of these will likely be bikes.

The upcoming version can even function the opening spherical of the newly-formed World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC), which replaces the Cross-Nation Rallies Championship. The championship will comprise 5 rounds – Dakar, adopted by the Abu Dhabi Desert Problem, Rally Kazakhstan, Andalucia Rally and the Rally du Maroc.

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