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The ongoing OiLibya Rally of Morocco is one of the toughest and most grueling rallies in the world, pushing both man and machine to the limits. The highlight of the rally for us Indians is the performance of Hero MotoSports Team Rally in the 2017 edition.
Hero MotoSports Team rally is participating in the 2017 edition of the OiLibya Rally of Morocco, and its two riders, Joaquim Rodrigues and CS Santosh have been performing well indeed. At the end of the first stage on 6th October, Rodrigues was at the 11th position and Santosh was at the 18th position.
At the end of the second stage on 7th October, their positions had improved by a huge margin, with Rodrigues in 7th position and Santosh in 15th position overall. The two riders from Hero MotoSports Team Rally started the third stage of the rally in the same positions and ended it a position higher.
The first three stages of the rally have been difficult, with the participants racing at high speeds on treacherous terrain. The first stage of the rally was 270 kilometres long and the second stage, 350 kilometres.
The third stage was modified at the last moment because of complicated conditions including flooded riverbeds. Therefore, the rally which was supposed to be a two-part special stage was cancelled and the participants were allowed to go over the second part only, covering just 147 kilometres.
The fourth stage set to take place today would cover 455 kilometres and would be heading back towards the start point in Erfoud. First, Second and Third place in the overall standings of the 2017 Oilibya Rally of Morocco at the end of the third stage were taken by Ricky Brabec, Matthias Walkner and Pablo Quintanilla respectively.
The other Indian team in the rally - Sherco TVS Racing - too performed well, with its riders Juan Pedrero, Adrien Metge and Aravind KP finishing the second stage at 11th, 17th and 24th positions overall.
The Oilibya Rally of Morocco is the last round of the FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship.
The performance by Hero MotoSports Team Rally and the Sherco TVS Racing is commendable. Indians should also be proud of Aravind KP and CS Santosh who have put up a splendid show.
Rallies such as this are very hard to even ride in, and in such conditions, their dedication and passion shows, as they have been climbing up the charts.