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Hero MotoSports Team Rally get ready for Dakar 2021

Madhushree Chakrabarty December 9, 2020

Hero MotoCorp announces the plans for the Hero MotoSports Team Rally for Dakar 2021. The team consists of three riders, ace Indian rider – CS Santosh, the 2020 FIM Cross-Country BAJAs World Cup winner – Sebastian Buhler and 2019 Pan Africa Rally winner – Joaquim Rodrigues. 

This is the second time for Sebastian Buhler in Hero colors and is the fifth appearance for both CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues. 

The riders will take on the challenge on a new Hero 450 Rally bike with new 450cc engine and evolved Chassis. The engine of the bike is specially made for rally sport offering improved top speed and acceleration. With better rider ergonomics, improved suspension and cooling system, optimum weight balance, more voluminous fuel-tank, the bike is built for balancing the dual roles of covering long strides at a heightened pace.

The Dakar Rally 2021 is the world’s biggest rally raid will begin its 43rd edition from Jeddah on January 3, 2021 and will be travelling through several cities before returning to the same city on January 15, 2021. The rally will cover a total distance of 7646 km, of which about 4767 km will be competitive divided into 12 stages.

Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “This is an emotional return for us at Dakar after the tragic event earlier this year. We are determined to put on a good show. While we were away from racing for quite some time due to the pandemic, we utilised the time to develop the new bike and conduct thorough testing sessions with our riders, thus, keeping the team engaged and motivated in the most challenging times. We are excited for the next few weeks as we aim to sustain our momentum and garner good results this year. The new bike is performing well and the Team looks stunning in the new Livery.”

Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “Dakar Rally will not be the same for me after the tragic experience of January 2020. It ha.s been a tough year for me and my family. However, the experience has taught me a lot – how to stay undeterred and resilient in the worst of situations and the team has also supported me a lot to keep me motivated and engaged. While we didn’t have much time to prepare this year, our testing sessions on the new bike and the recent runs at BAJA Portalegre and Andalucia Rally 2020 helped me overcome my fears and find the momentum as I made the comeback. It’s going to be a tough emotional battle for me but I’m ready to face it and take on the Dakar for one more time.”

Sebastian Buhler, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally: “My first year with Hero MotoSports has been an exciting one. Though there weren’t many opportunities to race in 2020, I am glad that we are entering the Dakar Rally after two impressive runs in the recent months. We utilized the time away from racing in training on the new bike and that kept our energies high. For me personally, entering the Rally straight after the Baja win will help to stay focused. All I can say is that I am thrilled to be a part of the Hero MotoSports family and looking forward to the Dakar 2021 Rally.”

CS Santosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said“This has been an exceptional year with limited races and opportunities to train, yet we are satisfied with the preparations that we underwent ahead of Dakar Rally. I have tried to make the most of the situation and used this time to train hard and help the team in the development of our new bike. The new bike offers great performance and maneuverability so I am really excited to ride it at the Dakar. The Dakar Rally is coming back with a new set of rules and routes, so it is going to be an interesting one this year and I am looking forward to it. ”

Please find the below links to the videos:

1. Road To Dakar 2021

2. New Livery Unveil

3. Hero 450 Rally Decoded

4. Team Dakar 2021 intro


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