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Merzouga Rally 2018 Official Teaser

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J.Rodrigues all set to make his debut on Indian soil

Jaisalmer, India, April 7: With the arrival of the riders and assistance crew in the Golden City of Jaisalmer, the desert town of Rajasthan, the final countdown for India BAJA 2017 has begun. For Hero Motosports Team Rally this will be their second rally raid on the home soil but for the Portuguese ace rider Joaquim Rodrigues, popularly known as “JRod”, India BAJA will mark his grand debut on the Indian rally scene.

In its second year, the India BAJA Rally, now a Dakar Challenge event, will test over 70 riders with the extreme sands, large dune crossings and extremely high temperatures over the two days starting from 8th April, 2017.   With about 400 kms of special stages and over 150 kms of transport sections and introduction of the road-book, India BAJA is expected to pose a formidable challenge to the competitors.
Joaquim Rodrigues will be kicking off his rally season post the Dakar with the India BAJA rally which will provide him and the Hero MotoSports Team Rally with a good start for an epic season of races ahead of them. JRod will ride off the ceremonial podium today on his Hero Speedbrain 450 Rally Bike sporting the No. 1 badge.
Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, said “We are very excited to be here with the Hero MotoSports Team Rally for the first time in India. Even if it’s a short race of two days, we have to do the same preparation like other races in the world. Looking forward to get the first-hand experience of how the races work in here. We will miss Santosh at the start tomorrow but we are ready for the race and hope to get a good result home”
Joaquim Rodrigues (Comp No: 01), said “We finished the technical controls today and now getting everything ready to start the race tomorrow. I am really excited, together with my team, for this new experience in India and hope everything goes good”

Marie-France Estenave pour MFE-Live.com

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