Hero MotoSports Gears Up For 2018 Dakar Expedition with ‘Afriquia Merzouga Rally’

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Hero MotoSports Team Rally is geared-up to start its exciting quest to Dakar 2018, with the first DAKAR SERIES race – Afriquia Merzouga Rally’. The rally, open to motorcycles, quads and Utility Task Vehicles (UTVs), will be held from May 7-12, 2017 in Morocco. Close on the heels of back-to-back impressive performances — Dakar in January, podium finish at the Desert Storm in February and victory at the India BAJA in April — the team is set to take its winning momentum to the Merzouga Rally.


Making its second consecutive appearance at Afriquia Merzouga, Hero MotoSports Team Rally will field a full strength team, with both the riders – Indian ace C.S. Santosh and Portuguese supercross star, Joaquim Rodrigues. While C.S. Santosh will make a much-awaited comeback to rally racing, after missing the India BAJA, his co-rider Joaquim Rodrigues or ‘JRod’ as he is popularly known, will look to build on his winning momentum from the India BAJA 2017, which took place in Rajasthan in April.

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Check out their teaser video below:

Running under the aegis of the DAKAR SERIES since 2016, the eighth edition of the Afriquia Merzouga Rally involves six days of racing in south-east Morocco, including 1,200 kms of fully off-road specials. This year, 145 vehicles (88 bikes, 23 quads and 34 SidebySide) for a total of 178 competitors will be at the start of the Rally.

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