TVS Racing began operations in 1984 with a humble 50cc TVS moped and soon after began winning in every category of racing. Over the years, TVS Racing have participated in and won several road racing, motocross and dirt track events including the Dakshin Dare, Raid De Himalaya, Monsoon Rally and the Indian National Rally 2014. TVS Racing emerged winners of this year’s Sigiriya, Fox Hill and Gunners Supercross racing events, held in Sri Lanka. Till today, TVS Racing has maintained an average record of 90% wins in all events the team participates in. Taking its rich racing heritage to another level, TVS Racing, the racing division of TVS Motor Company and Sherco Motorcycles, a French motorcycle manufacturer, specialising in off-road motorbikes have associated to participate in the ultimate race that tests both man and machine to the core, the 2015 Dakar, under the banner of Sherco TVS Rally Factory team.
Partenering TVS will be Sherco Motorcycles who are known for their extremely popular trial, enduro and supermoto bikes. Under the association, two international riders namely Alain Dulcos and Fabien Planet, both of French origin will don the colours of the Sherco TVS Rally Factory team and compete in the forthcoming Dakar.
Announcing the association at a press conference in Bangalore, Arvind Pangaonkar, Head of TVS Racing said, “We are building further on the success of TVS Racing. The racing motorcycles, christened RTR 450, will be more competitive, lightweight and equipped with highly reliable 450cc engines developed and manufactured by the team at Sherco Motorcycles along with TVS Racing specifically for the 2015 Dakar Rally. The bikes will have a better overall design with a new fairing and several additional upgrades that enhance the bike’s ride handling. Under this special racing arrangement, engineers from TVS Racing will be working alongside the team from Sherco and its racing affiliates (Mac Racing, Michelin, Selle Dalla Valle, Moto Master, Exact and F2r) at the 2015 Dakar.”
The 2015 Dakar is scheduled to be held between 3rd January 2015 and 17th January 2015 in Argentina, Bolivia and Chile. “The Dakar Rally is the ultimate motorcycling challenge. Nothing is really tougher than racing for two weeks across these incredibly hostile environments. Learnings are bound to be huge. Through this arrangement, our engineers will get hands-on experience and deeper understanding of international racing programs and improve the competitiveness of TVS Racing. TVS Racing experience is the basis for developing high performance motorcycles for our customers.”Pangaonkar added.