This was the forty fourth version of the annual rally which was held in Saudi Arabia and organised by Amaury Sport Organisation. The competitors consists of various automobiles resembling bikes, automobiles, quads and vans being raced in phases throughout varied routes of various terrains from sand dunes to cliffs.
Hero Motosports held a digital interplay with journalists to have fun their spectacular efficiency this yr. The session was moderated by Indian rider CS Santosh.
Asked about his scariest moment, JRod stated “For sure it was my crash. During stage 5, I got really, really scared, I was going pretty fast and I just jumped down a big hole.”
“Our physiotherapist did a great job with us. He was giving me a shot every day before I arrived for the pain. Luckily it worked and I didn’t break anything,” JRod added.
“I was taking it day by day really. Each day I was trying to get as close to the top 10 as possible and just keep up the consistent results,” stated fellow rider Aaron Mare of his technique for the race, including that he could not be happier with the outcome.
“The activity of ‘acing doesn’t just stay where it is, which is at Dakar (Senegal), it is actually reflected in the products that we launch in India as well. So it is a huge step that we’re able to actually win a stage at the Dakar,” stated CS Santosh.
Quizzed over whether or not he was hinting that the newest version of the Honda 450 bike was coming to India quickly, Santosh replied “There will be a time when there will be a bigger bike but it is not right now.”
Meanwhile, Monster Energy Honda Team rider Pablo Quintanilla gained the ultimate stage to seize total second place within the race, simply three-and-a-half minutes shy of the winner, Sam Sunderland of Gasgas Factory Racing.
All 4 crew riders managed to complete one of many hardest ever editions of the rally, with the Honda CRF450 RALLY as soon as once more making it by way of the whole Dakar with out a single mechanical challenge.