Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team today announced a 3-rider squad for Merzouga Rally 2019, scheduled to take place from March 31st to April 5th, 2019 in Erfoud, Morocco. The squad for this year’s Rally includes Michael Metge from France, Aravind KP and Abdul Wahid Tanveer from India. Michael and Aravind will be racing in the 450cc category, while Tanveer will compete in the Enduro category. This will be the 3rd Merzouga Rally for Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team and the Team will look to begin its Dakar 2020 campaign on a positive note.
B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing, said, “The Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team had a good racing season last year and our Indian riders proved their mettle with some outstanding performances in the International Rally circuit. We are all set to step-in to a new race season and hope to deliver some strong performances in the coming year. Merzouga Rally sets the stage for the future races as it offers an ideal platform to evaluate the physical and technical strengths of the team. The 3-member team will look to dominate the Rally and ensure strong results.”
The Dakar veteran Michael Metge will lead the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team in this event. He comes from a family rich in Rally experience and has multiple achievements on his name. Aravind KP is the only Indian to finish Dakar Rally 2019 and has 17 national championships in his name. Tanveer was the winner of the Enduro category in the PanAfrica Rally 2018 and finished at a commendable 2nd position in the Enduro category of Rally of Morocco 2018. He is also a winner of the Dakar series India Baja 2018 and completed the Merzouga Rally 2017 in Morocco.
The Merzouga Rally is a grueling 5-day Rally Raid that takes place annually in Morocco, among the dunes of Merzouga. Participants at the event will have to deal with soaring temperatures of the Moroccan desert, challenging sand sections and tricky navigational sections.