The 16th Edition of 2018 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm came to an end after the Leg 5 of the rally. The fifth leg of the rally spanned across 105km covering the region of Kuchri and Asutar, before concluding at Sam. One of the toughest rally in India with high temperatures and sandy terrain, the riders and drivers had to face the extreme weather of Thar desert. The 2300 km rally was an ultimate test of man and machine and most of the competitors finished the gruelling rally.
Ang’ata Racing’s Aaron Mare took the overall top spot in the Moto category, his lead was a mere 5 minutes more than TVS Sherco Racing rider Lorenzo Santolino. Lorenzo had a blistering pace on the final day of the rally, being the fastest rider of the day trying to beat Aaston to the first place. A continuous streak of wins over 4 days weren’t enough, the Spaniard having to settle for second place on his debut in an Indian rally event. The third spot was secured by another Ang’ata Racing rider, Sanjay Kumar who was off the pace set by Aaron by over 30 minutes.
The third day of rallying through the dunes of Asu Tar and Turkon ki Basti saw some of the most high profile riders pull out of the competition owing to injuries or technical failures. Hero MotoSports Team Rally’s CS Santosh suffered a neck injury following a crash. Earlier TVS Racing rider Aishwarya Pissay had to retire at the end of the first leg after incurring a 100-hours penalty for stopping after encountering a headlight failure during the night stage.
The rally was flagged off from Noida on March 17, 2018. Riders rode through the sand dunes of Bikaner, then the long desert stretch of Rajasthan in high temperatures before ending the rally.
Throttle Team congratulates the riders for this feat!
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