Sherco-TVS Factory Rally Team has announced its rider line-up for this years Merzouga Rally which will be held on 7th May. Riders selected as contending participants are Abdul Waheed Tanveer and Arvind KP from India, Juan Pedrera from Spain and Adrien Metge from France. The 6 stage rally is in its 8th season and is all set to get occupied with a host of furious riders on the rally course.
For the riders who are eyeing to get a chance to showcase their talent at Dakar rally, this event could be the stepping stone for them. It will act as a qualifier for Dakar and the leading riders will proceed at the world’s best rally event. Dakar is the main event for which this rally will be the testing round and will judge the riders technical and physical abilities.
The motorcycles on which the riders will be combating are specifically built eyeing the Dakar. The models are RTR 450 which weigh 135-kg and generate the power of 65.9 PS. Various alterations are made to the cycle parts and underpinnings for the purpose. For better grip on sand, the front suspension has re-tunned rebound and compression settings along with the multi-adjustable rear suspension. Other changes on the engine include high-velocity ports, redesigned camshaft, modified crankshaft and Engine Control Module (ECM) tuned for improvised performance.
The riders about to descend on the course for Sherco-TVS are all experienced in their works and bag various crowns for winning many events in the past. Notably, Abdul Waheed Tanveer is going to debut at this event after winning the last years National Supercross and National Rally championships. Other three riders also have won various national and international events.
Source – Zigwheels.com