TVS is by far the only Indian Motorcycle manufacturer which has been involved in motor sports in the country, infact TVS should and for all the right reasons and purposes, be considered solely responsible for whatever small amount of motorcycle racing (track and motocross) that happens in our country. With other big giants of the industry like Bajaj (the only sore point in the glittering achievements of the Pune based company) and the Hero MotoCorp staying away from the two-wheeled motorsports arena, TVS has managed without them just fine. Starting its operations in 1984, TVS Racing began humble 50cc TVS moped and it did not take long before TVS started 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 also took victories at Sigiriya, Fox Hill and Gunners Supercross racing events, held in Sri Lanka this year. With a staggering achievement by TVS Racing which has maintained an average record of 90% wins in all events the team participates in, it means business when it comes to motorsports in the sub continent.
Now, we are all aware of just how incredibly committed these folks at Hosur are, when it comes to gone further and adding new to the table. The TVS Racing is taking its rich racing heritage to another level, along with Sherco Motorcycles, a French motorcycle manufacturer, specialising in off-road motorbikes have associated to participate in the world's toughest race which not only tests the limits of a motorcycle but also its rider, in 2015 Dakar, under the banner of Sherco TVS Rally Factory team. Sherco Motorcycles 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.