On the Indian front, both Hero MotoSports riders finished in the top 20.
Portugal’s Joaquim Rodrigues aka JRod has aided Hero MotoSports Team Rally to become the first Indian team to win a stage in the 2022 multi-stage Dakar Rally. In the desert of Saudi Arabia, the rally marked the 44th edition of the annual event, which brings together competition from different vehicles such as cars, bikes, quads, and even trucks across picturesque sand dunes, death valleys, and even cliffs. The Dakar Rally is one of the world’s most dangerous races, and even though many have paid the ultimate price by competing in it, it is still one of the most sought after races around the globe.
In the latest 2022 Dakar Rally that concluded on January 14th, Nasser Al-Attiyah and Sam Sunderland of Gasgas Factory Racing have grabbed the winning trophies in the cars and bikes category, respectively. Running just three-and-a-half minutes behind the winner, Pablo Quintanilla, Monster Energy Honda, secured the runner up position. While for GasGas, it was their maiden Dakar title, and it was the fourth victory for Al-Attiyah.
At the Indian front, both Hero MotoSports riders finished in the top 20 of the entire banquet with Joaquim Rodrigues, picking up his first-ever Dakar Stage win on Stage 3 and even a podium finish on Stage 11. On the overall chart, he stood at the 14th position. His teammate Aaron Mare finished 16th on the lineup, who was substituted for the injured Franco Caimi.
In a candid conversation with a group of journalists, JRod touted the Dakar 2022 as the most competitive edition ever, spread across 12 gruelling stages and over 8000 kilometres. As for the Hero Rally 450, it faced no technical failure.