TVS Racing, the racing division of TVS Motor Company announced that it will participate in the gruelling 2015 Dakar Rally. The 2015 edition of the Dakar Rally will be held in Chile and Bolivia from January 3rd to 17th. 2015.
The bike has been developed and manufactured at Sherco Motorcycles specially for Dakar 2015. It is more Competitive, lightweight, and equipped with a highly reliable 450cc engine. Engineers from TVS will be working alongside the team from Sherco at Dakar 2015.
The team has been christened Sherco TVS Rally Factory team. TVS Racing will thus become the first Indian outfit to participate in Dakar Rally. The rally is considered as among the toughest motorsport events globally owing to the varying terrains and climate conditions, the riders and their motorcycles have to face. The total rally distance is over 9,000km which is almost the equivalent of five MotoGP seasons with respect to distance.
It is equipped 4 stroke DOHC, 449.40 cc 4 valve Sherco technology with 6 speed sequential gearbox, primary gear drive chain secondary drive and Hydraulic, multidisc clutch. It also consists of Synerject digital electronic fuel injection. The motorcycle will be running motocross tyres with special tubes that cannot get punctured.
Piloting the two motorcycles at the Dakar will be French riders Fabien Planet and Alain Dulcos. The two riders have years of experience in enduro racing and also have Dakar experience under their belt. If we talked about its pricing that would be Rs 5 lakhs
Race Update: Halfway there, with half the distance of the world’s most gruelling off-road rally raid still to go. CS Santosh has something to be proud of for sure, in that his performance during the first six stages of the Dakar has been good
|Santosh Cruising towards 51st place in the Race|
At the end of the fifth stage of the event, that lead from Copiapo to Antofagasta, Santosh, or Chunchunguppe Shivashankar as his name is listed in the official Dakar entry list, was placed 51st overall in the motorcycle category. He had improved vastly since the very first stage of the event that saw him ranked 85th overall. And with the rally then proceeding from Antofagasta to Iquique, Santosh had his work cut out for him with the motorcycle riders and quad bikes doing an extra stretch during the stage. Santosh finished the fifth stage with a timing of 6hr 1min 49sec, which put him 1hr 23min 33sec behind stage winner Marc Coma.
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