Hero MotoSports will participate in Dakar 2022 with Two-Rider Squad: Details

The duo of Joaquim and Franco will take on the challenges of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia riding the Hero 450 Rally motorcycle, which now offers improved top speed and acceleration, as Hero MotoSports claims.

Hero MotoSports Team Rally has unveiled its plans for the 2022 Dakar Rally. Participating with a two-rider team in their sixth consecutive Dakar Rally, Hero MotoSports – Hero MotoCorp’s motorsport team will face off against the 2022 edition of the toughest rally to the world with Franco Caimi and Joaquim Rodrigues. Both riders took the off-road rally championship podium this season at the Silk Way Rally and Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge respectively, with Joaquim finishing the championship in fourth place. This will be the sixth Dakar for JRod, who has been with the Team since 2016. On the other hand, it will be the first for Franco in the colors of Hero MotoSports, following his signing in April 2021.

The duo of Joaquim and Franco will take on the challenges of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia riding the Hero 450 Rally motorcycle, which now offers improved top speed and acceleration, as Hero MotoSports claims. Hero MotoSports Team Rally says he wishes a speedy recovery to the rest of the team’s riders – 2021 Hungarian Baja winner Sebastian Buhler who was on the 2022 Dakar roster but had to retire due to injury in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. , and CS Santosh, who is recovering from the accident he suffered during the 2021 edition of the Dakar Rally.

Dakar 2022, the third consecutive edition in Saudi Arabia, will take place in 12 stages over 14 days. The rally will start on January 1, 2022 with a short prologue stage, and will then pass through various cities across Saudi Arabia. A rest day in the capital Jeddah on January 8 is the only respite competitors will have on a course that covers 3,400 km of race distance. Covering a total of 8000 km, including the link stages, the competitors will then return to Jeddah for the finish podium on January 14, 2022. A total of 430 vehicles are expected at the start line, including 149 on motorcycles. Category.

The 44th edition of the Dakar Rally will also be the opening race of the brand new World Rally Raid Championship (W2RC). The Raid Rally Championship, replacing the Cross-Country Rallies Championship, will take place over five rounds with Dakar followed by the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, the Rally of Kazakhstan, the Rally of Andalusia and the Rally of Morocco.

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Earnest L. Veasey