Without seeking position, the goal is to successfully finish the Dakar Rally: C S Santosh

By Amit Anand

Jeddah, January 4 () His last departure from the Dakar, which ended in an unpleasant accident, CS Santosh of India said Saturday that this time he is not looking for a position, but has just successfully completed the iconic rally.

The most exhausting race on the planet, the Dakar Rally, marked its 42nd edition in all its glory and show here on Saturday.

This year will also mark the fourth year of participation in the Hero MotoSports Team Rally of India, the rally racing division of the world's largest two-wheel manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp Ltd.

This edition will also see the Hero MotoSports Team Rally presenting a strong team of 4 riders for the first time in the Dakar with Paulo Goncalves (Competitor no. 8), Joaquim Rodrigues (Competitor no. 27), CS Santosh (Competitor no. 50) and the latest edition for the team: Sebastian Buhler, 25 (Competition no. 32).

Santosh, 36, who is participating in his sixth rally, said: I am ready for one of the most difficult rallies. I had back pain problems for the past two years, but now I'm fine.

My best result was in the mid-30s, but I am not thinking about the position, my goal is to finish this race.

Santosh, the first Indian to complete the rally raid three times, said he was excited about the new adventure.

I am quite surprised by this new adventure that the Dakar 2020 offers. It will be difficult and, from the first impressions we have, navigation will play a key role here, Santosh said after participating. On the ceremony flag.

I have worked a lot in my navigation during the past season and the workouts and my speed have also improved some notches.

With an unknown territory, tougher navigation and a series of new innovations in rally regulations, such as the Super Marathon stage, the colorful road books and wild card tickets, this Dakar is set to be an intriguing adventure for everyone the competitors.

The confident quartet left the ceremonial podium today, in front of thousands of enthusiastic fans who gathered in the beautiful surroundings of the Corniche area of ​​Jeddah, facing the majestic Red Sea, to give a joyful shipment to the competitors.

The richness of Paulo's experience, Buhler's youth exuberance, JRod's approach and Santosh's intensity, skillfully backed by an experienced support team, the team's composition achieves the right balance for exciting perspectives in the Dakar 2020.

After completing all administrative and technical controls, the team is now eager to begin its 2020 Dakar campaign on Sunday with the first stage that will take the Jeddah rally to Al Wajh. It will be a special stage of 319 km and a total race of 752 km, including the links.

Wolfgang Fischer, Team Manager, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said: We are very excited to be here at the Dakar 2020 for our fourth year now. For this new adventure in a completely new continent and terrain, we also have a new and exciting combination of riders The team has adapted really well both mentally and physically and we are in a very positive mood when starting this Dakar. We can never predict a result in the Dakar, especially this year, as it is a new environment for all teams, so our first goal remains to ensure that cyclists and bicycles cross the finish line safely every day. AA ATK ATK