India’s sole representative Harith Noah hopes for a good start in Dakar

Indian Harith Noah is set for a third round at Dakar 2022 as the world’s toughest and longest off-road rally acquires dual World Championship status with FIA and FIM, coming together for one world in five rounds for both four wheels. and bikes.

After training abroad for over three months and honing his road-book and sailing skills in France and Spain, the Kerala star, sponsored by TVS Factory Racing, is eager to complete the Dakar a new times riding a brand new Sherco 450 SEF Rally. with the help of the tuner of the Sherco TVS Rally Factory team, which includes its engineer Prakasam.

“He’s nimble and lighter and will help me in the super long race which starts with over 600km of racing, including the Prologue link on New Years Day,” he said from Jeddah.

The Prologue is right in the middle of two transport sections, the 19 km Special Section sprint on dirt roads and small dunes will allow riders to test their bikes, and the top 15, in each category, will also have their chance to choose their order of departure for the next day.

Noah, a 28-year-old sports science graduate from Shoranur, Kerala, will pilot the Tricolor as an Indian privateer. “I had a quiet and safe Christmas with my girlfriend, friends and family. I’m relaxed and ready for the prologue with a long liaison and a longer ordeal ahead. I am in the same truck as my teammate Rui. The goal is to finish Dakar again, ”said Noah, who has Lorenzo Santolino and Rui Gonçalves, as teammates, in a statement.

Noah finished 20th overall last January to become the fastest in Dakar from India, beating 36th place in CS Santosh, in 2015. His compatriot TVS KP Aravind from Bengaluru and privateer from Mumbai Ashish Raorane are the only other Indians to have participated in Dakar.

Noah, who debuted in 2020, completed the coveted Dakar in the Experience class that year and broke the Indian record last year in January 2021.

The 44th Dakar rally will start with a prologue on Saturday and the 12 long stages will end on January 14. The day of rest in Riyadh will be January 8. Organized by Amaury Sport Organization (ASO), this will be the third edition of the Dakar in Saudi Arabia.

The Specials will start in Ha’il and end in Jeddah, passing through the canyons and cliffs of the Neom region, to the Red Sea coast, to the expanses of dunes surrounding Riyadh, with many more action on the sand dunes in the empty neighborhood. The total distance of the course is over 7000 kms. Only a few of the elite, who have succeeded in another qualifying, join the best in the world at the premier event in the world of off-road rallies.

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