Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motor-sport division of Hero MotoCorp, has showcased its new ‘Hero RR 450’ rally bike for the first-time in India. Hero MotoSports, ahead of its second appearance at the world’s most grueling off-road rally, also announced its Team for the Dakar Rally 2018. In addition to CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues, the Team will field Spanish talent, Oriol Mena Valdearcos at the Dakar this year and expand its performance horizon. The new ‘Hero RR 450’ rally bike, alongside Mena, will be making its debut at the Dakar this year.
The new bike is an upgrade of the well-proven rally bike from last year, with new design and styling of tank, body parts and front section to improve mass centralization, handling and riding ergonomics. The new ‘Hero 450 RR’ has already proved its capabilities at the OiLibya Rally in Morocco this year. There are several improvements in the bike, which have affected an increase in riders’ confidence. Hero MotoSports Team Rally had an impressive debut year with the distinction of being the only manufacturer team with 100 percent arrivals at the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally. The Team also managed to register its maiden win at BAJA India and a podium finish at the Desert Storm.
Commenting on the occasion, Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp and Head of Hero MotoSports said, “We are excited and prepared for Dakar 2018. The team is stronger, both in terms of men and machine. We are focused on improving our last year’s performance at the Dakar next month and believe that we have the right tools to do it. Next year will be important for us, as we aim to win more rallies and grow the sport in India” The biggest rally-raid in the world, Dakar, for its 40th edition will cross three countries, starting with Peru on January 6, 2018 and travelling through Bolivia before concluding in Argentina on January 20, 2018. This edition is expected to witness participation of 500 competitors from 60 countries, covering almost 9,000 km. Out of the overall 14 stages.