Hero MotoSports Team Rally continued its steady performance at the Desafio Inca Rally in Stage 2 of the Rally.
Oriol Mena and C S Santosh continued their good run to finish the stage 2 safely to get some more laps and valuable experience under their belt. Both Oriol and Santosh kept it safe and steady to finish the stage in the 10th and 17th positions respectively.
Joaquim Rodrigues too started well and settled into a nice rhythm before a minor fall towards the end of the first lap of stage 2. He suffered a twist in his back and minor damage to the bike, but managed to bring the bike to the end of the lap 1. The team management decided to not take any risks, and decided to opt out of lap 2 for JRod. In fact few other top riders also opted out of the lap 2 of stage 1 as well, in order to conserve themselves for the Dakar. JRod stands at 21st place in the stage 2 rankings.
Second stage was again predominantly dunes and fesh-fesh combined with some tough navigation on the offer throughout the 2 laps making up the 350 kms of the stage.
For Hero MotoSports Team Rally, and as for most of the teams, the main objective remains the learning and exposure to Peruvian terrains in view of the Dakar 2019. With that in mind, they will head into the final stage on Sunday with a relatively shorter run of 200kms to bring the last rally before the Dakar into the books.
Joaquim Rodrigues (Comp No: 11): “Todays’ stage was going good; I was riding safe and easy. I managed to cross many riders in front of me but there was a lot of dust. Towards the end of the first lap I had a minor fall. I managed bring the bike to the end of lap 1. We decided to opt out of the second lap for safety and to be in the best shape for the final stage.”
Oriol Mena (Comp No: 14):“Today was a really good stage for me. I made good navigation without any mistakes in both the laps so I am quite happy with my learning. Next stop is Dakar so it is important to learn as much as possible about the difficult Peruvian terrains. Looking forward to the final stage to close another rally for the team.”
C S Santosh (Comp No: 24): “A lot of distance was covered in sand today. I think the stage was much faster and not as difficult with the navigation as yesterday but still got lots to learn. I’m having a much better feeling today as we go into the final stage on Sunday.”