Hero Motosports Team Rally Finishes Its Second Dakar
It was a glorious day for Hero MotoSports Team Rally at Cordoba as the Dakar Rally 2018 came to a grand end after a grueling 14-day journey. For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the rally-racing division of the world’s largest two-wheeler maker – Hero MotoCorp, it was a particularly special day as it delivered its best ever Dakar finish in only its second Dakar appearance.
Oriol Mena of Hero MotoSports Team Rally impressed everyone and finished at an outstanding 7th position in his debut Dakar Rally. Delivering consistent top 10 stages towards the end of the rally, while everyone was getting tired, Mena shows his tremendous skills and stamina and his ability to learn fast. He was adjudged as the ‘Best Rookie Rider’ of the Rally.
Indian star CS Santosh became the first and the only Indian rider to have finished the Dakar Rally thrice. More significantly, this year he also achieved his best performance ever, finishing the Rally at 35th position. His performance was even more appreciable, given the increased competition level and the Rally being at its toughest in the recent past.
Hero MotoSports Team Rally is fast gaining a reputation for bringing in top class debutants to the Rally every year. If it was the 12th place finish of Joaquim Rodrigues last year, this year it was Oriol Mena’s turn to better last year’s result for the Team.
With this performance, Hero MotoSports Team Rally has proved that the Team is focused and capable of delivering top class results at the world arena.
Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said: “This year was our toughest Dakar experience so far. It did not start well with the accident of Joaquim Rodrigues and then our other riders facing difficulties in the tough Peru stages. But finally, witnessing Mena and CS making it to the finish line is a joy. CS getting his best-ever result in the toughest Dakar is an achievement we are really proud of! For Oriol, it was a big accomplishment to finish in the top 10. He kept going up the rankings in the second half of the Rally, which gives me a lot of confidence for the team’s future. We send our best regards to JRod for a fast recovery and are counting on him to come back to racing soon. I also give my compliments to the entire Team for working really hard and not allowing any technical issues to hamper the riders. Finally our thanks and regards to our fans. It’s just a fantastic feeling at the moment.”
Oriol Mena (Comp No: 61) said: “I am really happy with my results. I enjoyed the Dakar a lot. The last stage felt the longest, as I approached the finish line. But I am now at the finish line and also having won in the rookie class, I feel elated. It’s a real good result and what can I say, dreams do come true.”
C.S Santosh (Comp No: 49) said: “It was as tough Dakar this year for sure, every day you had to bow down to the stages. I had lots of ups and downs, some high points in the beginning, and then some lows as well. I think it was everything that you would envision a Dakar to be. I am happy to make it to the finish line of yet another Dakar. My best Dakar so far so I am really happy to be going home with that.”