Sherco TVS rider Aravind KP became only the second Indian to finish the Dakar Rally after crossing the finishing line at the end of stage 10 on Thursday. Following unsuccessful attempts in 2017 and ‘18, KP returned to Dakar this year for a third assault and gradually upped his pace, breaking inside the top 50 when the action resumed after a mid-rally break on Sunday.
He set the 42nd quickest time in the final 86 km special that ran from Lima to Pisco in Peru to eventually finish 37th in the overall classifications. However, that ranking remains provisional at present as organiser ASO applies potential post-rally penalties to different riders.
With that result, KP successfully followed in the footstep of CS Santosh, who finished the Dakar on his first attempt in 2015 astride a customer KTM bike. Santosh was also competing in the 2018 edition of the event as a factory rider for Hero MotoSports team, but was forced to retire in stage 5 after suffering a crash that left him briefly unconscious.
Throttle Team congratulates him for this extraordinary performance !
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