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Dakar 2022 was historic for Hero MotoSports team, raised India’s name in this tough race

Hero MotoSports Team Rally Finishes Dakar 2022: The 44th Dakar Rally Dakar Rally 2022 held in Saudi Arabia for the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturing company Hero MotoCorp’s Motosports Team Hero MotoSports Team Rally was historic. Yes, it happened for the first time that an Indian two-wheeler company won any stage of Dakar Rally in the Motosports team and made it to the stage podium and by achieving this feat Hero Motosports Team Rally is on seventh heaven and this team’s Dakar 2022 was historic for Joaquim Rodrigues finished 14th and Aaron Maré 22nd in Stage 12.

The Dakar Rally 2022, considered as the toughest race in the world, performed well in all the stages, Hero MotoSports Team Rally ended it on a very good note and brought India’s name high. Joaquim Rodrigue and Aaron Maré, both riders from the Hero Motosports Team Rally, performed extremely well at the Dakar Rally, winning one stage as well as making it to the podium in one stage. Dakar 2022 has been the most special year so far for Hero MotoSports Team Rally, which has participated in the Dakar Rally for 6 consecutive times, where the team achieved a tremendous achievement.

In the year 2021, Hero MotoSports Team Rally participated in many races and during this time the company upgraded the bike several times and also achieved the top position. Before the Dakar Rally 2022, after the injuries of two very special riders of the team, a difficult period also came for the team, but overcoming all the difficulties, Hero Motosports Team Rally took Hero MotoCorp to a very special place in Dakar 2022. Also gave historical results, which is really commendable. Hero Sports Team Rally’s fans across the world are very happy and are sending congratulatory messages on this stupendous achievement of the team.

Hero Motosports Team Rally’s star performer Joaquim Rodrigues traversed the difficult section of 163 km between Jeddah in Bisha in the last stage, Stage 12, without any danger and managed to break into the top 15 in this stage as well. Let us tell you that Joaquim Rodrigues lost his brother-in-law and mentor Paulo in this rally two years ago and now it was emotionally difficult for him to perform in the same rally, but while strengthening his self-confidence, JRod did not Not only did he do well, but he also gave the best performance ever at the Dakar Rally 2022. At the Dakar Rally 2022 JRod won a stage and finished third in a stage, after which he finished 13th in the overall ranking of the Dakar 2022 RallyGP class. He dedicated this achievement to his mentor, the late Paulo.

Hero MotoSports Team Rally’s second rider, Aaron Maré, had a very special Dakar Rally 2022 and he continued to perform well, thanks to his 15th overall ranking in the RallyGP class. It is pertinent to mention here that Aaron Maré had joined the Hero Motosports team at the last moment before the start of the Dakar Rally 2022, replacing injured rider Franco Caimi. In a very short span of time, he mingled with the team and got a grip on the new bike very quickly and proved that he was a very good rider. Aaron Maré grabbed everyone’s attention with his consistent performance in Dakar 2022 and managed to make a mark as a young rider.

Let us tell you that the top manufacturers from all over the world participated in the Dakar Rally and all eyes were on the prize money. It is one of the toughest competition in the world, where riders have to ride more than 8000 kms in 12 extremely difficult stages. Hero Rally 450 was a huge success in this competition and without any technical failure, this machine proved that it is perfect for tough rally.

Joaquim Rodrigues was the only original rider of the Hero Motosports Team Rally at the Dakar Rally 2022, but the presence of CS Santosh at the camp boosted the morale of the team and inspired the riders to perform well in the rally. Hero MotoSports Team Rally’s riders finished in the top 10 in 8 stages of the Dakar Rally 2022, including a stage winner and a third position. The infamous Hero MotoSports Team Rally has taken off from Jeddah with double the enthusiasm after performing well at the Dakar rally that began two weeks ago. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will now gear up for the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the next race of the year, in March under the FIM World Rally Raid Championship.

Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Joaquim Rodrigues

Hero Motosports Team Rally Manager Wolfgang “Waffi” Fischer
What a great Dakar rally and a wonderful result of two weeks of struggle! We are very satisfied with the performance of our riders, bouk and team…. Great job. Dakar 2022 was the highlight of JRod and Hero MotoSports’ Maiden Stage victories as well as third place in the toughest and most competitive Stage 11. Aaron, who joined us at the last minute, did a great job and he blended in with the team easily. Aaron learns very quickly and is a good team player.

The Dakar Rally was the toughest competition, with 7 top manufacturers working hard to claim the top prize and the top 15 riders with a gap of one and a half hours after completing the 4000 km race. JRod lost 50 minutes in the initial phase itself and it was the team’s unlucky side, otherwise we would have been among the top teams in the overall tally. However, our riders managed to break into the top 10 8 times without any technical issues. We will now get ready for the W2RC in Abu Dhabi in March and hope to have some fun riders like Basti and Franco back in the team soon. Huge thanks to the Hero family and our partners who have contributed immensely to our success.

Joaquim Rodrigues:
I am extremely happy that I have passed all the stages of Dakar Rally 2022 and I am very happy with my performance. Dakar 2022 was very special for me and me, where Hero Rally 450 did a great job. Together we are now trying to do better for the team. Winning the stage was very special for me and I can’t tell how happy I am. We have finished another Dakar well.

Aaron Mare:
I am in seventh heaven, it is like a beautiful dream come true. The 163 kms of the last stage of Dakar Rally 2022 was the longest journey of my life and with this the Dakar ended successfully. The 12th stage was very easy, where I did smooth riding without any mistake. This is a very special experience for me and I am thankful to the Hero MotoSports team for this.

RallyGP class

Stage 12 Rankings
1. Paul Quintanilla monster energy honda 01 hr 40 min 00 sec
2. Toby Price Red Bull KTM Factory Team +18 sec
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo monster energy honda +29 sec
4. Joan Barreda Bort monster energy honda +01 min 13 sec
14. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero Motosports Team Rally +07 min 44 sec
22 Aaron Mare Hero Motosports Team Rally +13 min 34 sec

RallyGP class

Overall Standings at Dakar Rally 2022
1. Sam Sunderland gasgas factory racing 38 hours 47 minutes 30 seconds
2. Paul Quintanilla monster energy honda +03 min 27 sec
3. Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Team +06 min 47 sec
4. Adrien van Beveren monster energy yamaha +18 min 41 sec
13. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero Motosports Team Rally +01 hr 15 min 44 sec
15. Aaron Mare Hero Motosports Team Rally +01 hrs 49 mins 00 secs

All classes

Overall Standings at Dakar Rally 2022
1. Sam Sunderland gasgas factory racing 38 hours 47 minutes 30 seconds
2. Paul Quintanilla monster energy honda +03 min 27 sec
3. Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Team +06 min 47 sec
4. Adrien van Beveren monster energy yamaha +18 min 41 sec
14. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero Motosports Team Rally +01 hr 15 min 44 sec
16. Aaron Mare Hero Motosports Team Rally +01 hrs 49 mins 00 secs

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