Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsport division of the world’s largest two-wheeler
manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., will begin its ‘Road to Dakar 2019’ campaign with the
2018 Merzouga Rally to be held in Morocco from 15 th – 20 th April 2018. This will be the
Team’s first international rally of the year.
The Hero MotoSports Team will be represented by its Indian star rider CS Santosh and
Dakar Hero Oriol Mena.
Oriol Mena (Rider No. 17) who finished Dakar 2018 as the best rookie rider with a 7 th place
finish will look to continue and extend his good form. The Indian ace, CS Santosh (Rider No.
29), who also delivered his personal best of 35 th place finish at Dakar 2018, will look to
spend some quality time on the bike, following his crash at the Desert Storm 2018 last
Team’s third rider Joaquim Rodrigues will join the team as a Mentor, while he continues his
recovery from the injuries of his unfortunate crash at the Dakar 2018.
This year, the Marzouga Rally will be organised in the Merzouga region of Morocco, known
for its large dunes and extremely soft sands. The competitors will start with a short prologue
on 15 th April, which will be followed by 5 days of intense rallying including two days of
gruelling Marathon stage.
The Team is looking forward to gaining valuable race time and experience with its sights
firmly on the Dakar 2019.