Hero RR 450 showcased in India
Hero Motorsports Team Rally, the motor-sport division of Hero MotoCorp today reveled its new Hero RR-450 rally motorbike for the first time in India. Hero Motorsports also announced its Team for the Dakar Rally 2018. Ahead of its second appearance at the world’s most gruelling off-road rally, Hero Motorsports announced its Team for the Dakar Rally 2018. In addition to CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues, the team will field Spanish talent, Oriol Mena Valdearcos at the Dakar this year and expand its performance horizon. Initiated in the team in September 2017, Mena is part of Hero Motor-sports’ vision to identify new talent and nurture them into professional rally riders. Mena will be making his debut at the Dakar. The new Hero RR 450 rally bike will also be making its debut at the Dakar this year. The new motorbike is a renovation of the well-proven rally motorbike from last year, with new styling and design of tank, body parts and front section to improve mass concentration, handling and riding ergonomics. The new Hero 450 RR proved its capabilities at the OiLibya Rally in Morocco this year. There are numerous developments in the bike, which have affected an increase in riders’ confidence.
Hero Motorsports Team Rally had an impressive debut year with the distinction of being the only manufacturer team with 100 per cent arrivals at the 2017 edition of the Dakar Rally. The Team also succeeded to index its maiden win at BAJA India and a podium finish at the Desert Storm. After creating a striking debut at Dakar 2017 with a stellar 12th place finish, the Team is now fully geared-up to exceed its previous performance at Dakar 2018.
Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer, Hero MotoCorp and Head of Hero Motorsports said, “We are eager and ready for Dakar 2018. The team is stronger, both in terms of men and machine. We are focused on refining our last year’s presentation at the Dakar next month and believe that we have the right tools to do it. Next year will be significant for us, as we aim to win more rallies and grow the sport in India.” Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero Motorsports Team Rally, said, “The last race for the team was in October 2017. The riders have been under strong training sessions, to improve their mental and physical fitness since their Dakar 2017 performance. They had a good run on the new bike at OiLibya and are now more assured on it. There is eagerness in the Team with adding of Oriol and the entire team is now raring to have another go at the Dakar.”