Sherco TVS confirms Aravind for Dakar after injury recovery
Sherco TVS has confirmed that Indian rider Aravind KP will compete in Dakar next month after successfully recovering from injuries sustained in the PanAfrica Rally.
Aravind was listed provisionally by Sherco TVS when it announced its line-up for Dakar 2019 in October.
At that time, the Indo-French team stated that Aravind will undergo a fitness test in France, post which it will decide whether he’s fit enough to take part in the rally or not.
Following the completion of the test and subsequent training in Morocco, Sherco TVS has now confirmed that Aravind will indeed compete in Dakar for a third consecutive year.
He will be joined by Metge brothers Michael and Adrien as well as Enduro champion Lorenzo Santolino astride Sherco TVS’ RTR 450 rally bike.
Aravind remains one of India’s only two riders to have taken part in Dakar, which is unanimously considered as the toughest cross-country rally in the world.
“Dakar is the ultimate challenge for any racer and I am glad to be a part of it for the third consecutive time,” Aravind said.
“I thank TVS Racing and Sherco for believing in me and giving me another opportunity to fulfil my dream of finishing the rally. The past 10 months has been a journey of ups and downs but I have focused on my fitness and recovery to ensure I am ready for Dakar.
“The next one month will be crucial to my preparation and I will be going to Morocco to train with my teammates. Both Michael and Adrien have been extremely supportive during my recovery time and have kept me motivated along with my TVS Racing family.
“Conquering Dakar 2019 is my single focused goal for now and I am determined more than ever to finish the Rally.”
Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing added: “I am happy that Aravind KP is returning to Dakar with full energy and vigour.
“We are very confident given his experience in the international racing arena and Dakar in particular, he will be able to perform well.
“The team has worked hard on the race strategy and is focused on maintaining consistency all through the race. We are competing with four best riders in the team and are very confident of a top 10 finish.”
The 2019 edition of Dakar will run entirely in Peru from January 6-17.
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