For 2020, riders Adrien Metge & Aravind KP have been replaced by French rider Johnny Aubert & Dakar debutant Harith Noah.
India's premier factory rally team Sherco TVS has announced its rider squad for the 2020 Dakar Rally, at the ongoing TVS Moto Soul festival. This year, the factory team will be represented by two-time Baja Aragon Rally winner (2018, 2019) & 2018 PanAfrica Rally winner Michael Metge, five-time Enduro Spain champion Lorenzo Santolino, two-time World Enduro champion Johnny Aubert & India's Harith Noah. While Santolino & Michael have been retained from the previous squad, this will be 26-year-old Noah's debut Dakar appearance & Aubert's first-ever appearance for Sherco TVS.
Meanwhile, Indian motorcycle rally veteran Aravind KP, who has been a part of Team TVS Racing since 2006, will not be participating in the 2020 Dakar Rally due to a leg injury he sustained during a practice session earlier in the year. KP achieved a significant milestone this year as he earned his first Dakar Rally finish. The Sherco TVS rider finished the 2019 Dakar Rally in 37th position overall (his third Dakar appearance).
The 2020 edition of the Dakar Rally will also mark a significant change & milestone in the history of the sport, as, after a decade-long stint in South America, where the Rally has been held since 2009, it will move to the Middle-East for the first time. Due to be held from 5-17th January 2020, the 42nd edition of the rally will be run across the dunes of Saudi Arabia, starting from Jeddah. It will pass through Riyadh & culminate at Al Qiddiya.