The upcoming 2017 Dakar Rally is all the more special for the Sherco TVS team as it will mark the first time for the team to field an Indian rider in Aravind KP. He has been racing for the TVS Factory team for 10 years now and has 15 National Championships under his belt in dirt track, rallies and motocross events. TVS Racing believes that Aravind KP has the fortitude and ability to tackle the beast that is the Dakar Rally.
Along with Aravind KP, Sherco TVS also has the likes of Joan Pedrero, an 8-time Dakar veteran, with his best finish being 5th in 2011 and 2013. He has also participated in other Rallies such as 2016 Sardinia Rally which he won and the Morocco Rally, where he finished 7th this year.
Then there is Adrien Metge, a 30 year old rider with multiple wins in Enduro and Dirt events. He participated at this year's Dakar for the first time and finished a commendable 11th. Out of the trio of Pedrero, Metge and Aravind KP, Joan is the most experienced. This will be the third Dakar outing for the Sherco TVS partnership. The three riders will be piloting the RTR 450 Dakar Rally motorcycle. The strategies and on-ground calls will be taken by David Casteu, the manager for the Sherco TVS Dakar Rally team. David is a highly experienced rally racer, having participated in 13 Dakar Rallies, with his latest one in 2016, where he finished 18th.
The 2017 Dakar Rally starts on the January 2, 2017 from Asuncion, Paraguay and ends in Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 14, 2017.
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