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Hero Motosports Riders make it to the Top 5 at Merzouga Rally 2019

Hero Motosports Riders make it to the Top 5 at Merzouga Rally 2019

Snapshot: Both the riders - Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues of the Hero Motosports Team clinched the second and fourth position at Merzouga Rally respectively.

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  • The second stage was a 212 km long loop, divided into two parts
  • Rain also played a major role in giving the riders a tough time in the second stage
  • The third stage will take the riders to the Moroccan desert  

Hero Motosports Team's riders Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues have made it to the top 5 rankings in the second stage of Merzouga Rally 2019. Oriol Mena was at the top of his game as he completed the stage without committing any mistakes and clinched the second position. Joaquim Rodrigues also showcased his grit by finishing the rain-interrupted stage in the fourth position. He also tackled the navigation challenges offered by the terrain.

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The race has put its bivouac around the Xaluca Hotel and the second stage took place on a new loop near the hotel. The riders took the new 212 km long loop, divided into two parts. The first part of the loop was 86 km long and the riders had to put in a lot of efforts to cross the small dunes of Merzouga's famous Erg Chebbi region. The second part of the stage was dynamic and tricky simultaneously. The riders also faced a tough time to understand the tricky navigation as the rain washed away all the tracks making the second stage difficult.

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Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Oriol Mena said, “It was a good day for me today, got into a nice rhythm and rode well. I did not make any mistakes and manage to catch up with the guys in front. In the second part too, did not commit any mistakes and rode with a nice pace all through the way. I feel good after today’s stage so now one day less to go.”

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Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Joaquim Rodrigues said, “Today was a really difficult day for navigation. It rained all night and because of that all the tracks were gone making it really hard to find the way. I tried to ride smart managed to get into a good rhythm. Towards the end of the stage, my race GPS got bumped off so lost some time in putting it back but overall, I think I did a good job today.”

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