TVS Racing announced that its
champion rider Aravind KP will be competing for the ‘Sherco-TVS Rally Factory’
team at Dakar Rally 2017. Aravind has been a part of the TVS Racing team for
the past ten years and this will mark his debut in the world’s toughest
Aravind KP started racing in
2005 at the age of 19 looking to prove himself on the national racing. TVS
Racing spotted Aravind in 2006 at Gulf Dirt Track National Championship. Since
2006, Aravind has won 15 National Championships in Dirt track, Rallies and
Motocross and in 2011 he became the first Indian to win an overseas Motocross
Aravind KP, Racer, Team TVS
Racing, said, “It’s quite an unbelievable feeling to be selected to race at
Dakar Rally and I couldn’t ask for a better team than ‘Sherco-TVS Rally
Factory’ team to race for. TVS Racing and I have a strong relationship and I
thank them for bestowing their faith in my abilities. The next few months of
preparation with the Sherco-TVS crew will be crucial as I train on what it
takes to participate in Dakar Rally 2017.
Aravind KP will team-up with
Juan Pedrero a Spanish Champion for Sherco-TVS Rally Factory team at Dakar
Rally 2017. The third rider, a European rider for the team will be added soon.
This is the third consecutive year that Sherco-TVS team will be participating
in the 39th edition of Dakar Rally (January 2, 2017 – January 14, 2017). The
rally runs through three countries, Paraguay, Argentina and Bolivia. Dakar
Rally is the toughest rally in the world, covering 9000 km in distance.
The journey of TVS Racing
began 33 years back when Sundaram Clayton Limited (A TVS Group Company)
introduced its 50 cc mopeds in the arena of road racing. Since then TVS Racing
has been actively participating on and off- road racing events such as road
racing, Super-cross and Motocross, Dirt Tracks, Rally etc. TVS Racing is the
only factory team in India to have any woman rider as a part of their team. In
early 2015, TVS Racing became the first Indian factory team to take part in
Dakar Rally, which is the longest and toughest rally in the world. TVS Racing
won eight championships across all forms of two-wheeler motorsport events
Supercross, Rallies and Road racing last year.
Arvind Pangaonkar, Head of Team TVS Racing, said, “Dakar
Rally is the epitome of high endurance racing and we are happy to announce that
Aravind KP will be a part of the team this year. Aravind has been riding for
TVS Racing for the past 10 years and seeing his skills and performance records,
racing at Dakar Rally was just a matter of time. Our partner Sherco is equally
excited about having an Indian rider in Aravind on board and is geared up to
give him the best training both in navigation and riding in sand dunes for
Dakar Rally 2017.”
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