The 2016 Oilibya Rally Morocco has come to an end with the fifth and final stage. Hero MotoSports Team Rally successfully finished the event and will Morocco with positive outlook.
The final stage of the rally was a 230km test for the man and the machine. Hero riders Joaquim Rodrigues and CS Santosh finished the fifth stage 15th and 21th respectively. Rodrigues finished as high as 14th in the overall.
Indian rider Santosh despite his problems on Wednesday managed to finish the rally in 30th position overall.
After the rally Rodrigues said, "The race was a good experience for me and the whole Hero MotoSports Team Rally.We learnt a lot and I´m coming to terms with all the things that happen during such a high-profile event."
He added, "It was a really solid rally for me and we made it to the finish with a good result - an excellent preparation for the Dakar. I was able to finish every stage and I´m very pleased about completing my first world championship rally. A big thanks to everyone on the team."
Santosh was also in good spirits after managing to finish the rally, he commented, "Coming here to Morocco we knew it´s going to be very competitive."
He added, "The OiLybia marked the final test before the Rally Dakar as well as the world championship finale, so all the top riders were showing up. Right from the beginning we had two good days, a good pace and I was just outside the Top 20."
He further said, "Overall it´s been as tough as expected, but there has been a lot of positive learning. It´s good to have problems now instead of having them in January. Going to the Dakar we should have a better run and stay out of trouble. It was a lot of valuable time on the motorcycle."
Team principal Wolfgang Fischer said, We´re happy to celebrate this final day with both riders crossing the finish line. It represents a major milestone for our Hero MotoSports Team Rally."
"They learnt how to deal with different cases and how to solve them in order to be prepared for the big challenge. We´re delighted to complete this step in our project the way we did and we continue to follow our schedule."