TVS Racing team for Baja 2017 to have Aravind KP as frontrunner, and Desert Storm 2017 winner, R Nataraj.
The pioneers of two wheeler racing in the country, TVS Racing has just announced their team for Indian Baja 2017, a part of the Dakar challenge for 2018. At the forefront is the star rider, Aravind KP, finally returning to racing after participating in Dakar. Adrien Metge, from Sherco, his team mate from Dakar, will also be joining him. Desert Storm 2017 winner, R Nataraj, and 2016 rally champion, Abdul Wahid Tanveer, will be accompanying the two on the 2 day rally which begins on 8th April 2017, at Jaisalmer.
RTR 450 motorcycles which have been tuned just to meet the rally route requirements will be the weapon of choice for the TVS Racing team. They have focused especially on making sure it is ultra light-weight with minimal friction. Both suspensions have been tuned for the riders along with thicker spokes being used in the front and rear wheel assembly. All four riders bring their own strengths and varied experiences to the team. Aravind KP being the first Indian rider for Sherco TVS Rally Factory team, to participate at the Dakar Rally 2017. Adrian Metge stood 22nd at Dakar this year for the Sherco-TVS team. R Nataraj brings in 8 Dirt track national Championship victories. Abdul Wahid Tanveer adds to the table 3 Rally and Supercross National Championship wins.
B Selvaraj, Head of TVS Racing was heard to say “We are thrilled to see our star rider Aravind KP back in the game along with Tanveer and Nataraj who are in top form. The addition of Adrien Metge from Sherco is a big boost to the team as he brings considerable experience to the table and our young racers will be inspired by his presence. Look forward to the challenge. We are happy that the event organizers have taken the rally raid to the next level so that it is now considered to be a part of the Dakar challenge. We expect the route and terrain to be challenging as per international standards and we look forward to the challenge.”