The 2019 Merzouga Rally concluded with Indian teams Hero MotoSports Team Rally and Sherco TVS Rally Team taking the top spots. The gruelling rally saw riders traverse through the challenging terrains of Morroco while keeping up with navigation issues to complete the five day run. Sherco TVS rider Abdul Wahid Tanveer bagged the top spot in the Enduro category having won two out of five stages. Hero's Oriol Mena, meanwhile, took the first podium of his career finishing third overall. Hero rider Joaquim Rodrigues wasn't too far from his teammate and took fourth overall after being one of the top three contenders during most of the stages.
Both the Hero riders showed consistent performance through the rally and a podium finish did seem certain right from the initial stages. The final stage saw the riders navigate in the Erg Chebbi dunes that did pose a threat over the 49 km run. Nevertheless, the participants completed the challenge, bringing the bikes home.
At Sherco TVS,. it was a solid performance by all of its riders. Michael Metge led the team in the early stages taking a win with Stage 2, but had his run cut short after facing technical issues in Stage 3. India's Aravind KP showed impressive progress through the rally to finish the fifth stage in 23rd place, and 51st overall. The star though was Abdul Wahid Tanveer who consistently improved his performance with every stage taking victory in the final two days.
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