Pune: The OiLibya Rally of Morocco 2017 is in the books. After five eventful stages the Hero MotoSports Team Rally riders Joaquim Rodrigues and CS Santosh crossed the finish line in Erfoud to achieve an encouraging result.
Rodrigues ended the rally in seventh place overall, and CS Santosh at fifteen, improving on last year´s result.
The closing stage of the rally went rather smooth compared to the previous stages, where flooded riverbeds and bad weather caused several changes to the race. Eventually, the final 180-km loop in the area of Erfoud consolidated the top ten result for Rodrigues as well as Santosh’s best-ever finish in the Moroccan race.
Speaking about the event Portuguese rider said that,”In the beginning, the stage went well and I rode at a decent pace. But while crossing the dunes I landed in the flat while jumping over a dune and bruised my chest and my chin, and had to take five stitches for the same.
“Overall though the rally was really good for me. I´m improving and the bike is also much better. Things are looking good for the Dakar and we arere ready,” he added.
While Indian rider Santosh expressed that it was an important test with the new bike.
“Going into this rally we knew it was going to be an important test with the new bike. I was really excited to see the evolution of our rally machine. We got here, did some testing and it was really promising, I absolutely loved it straight away. The overall goal for the event was to complete the five days and to ride as many kilometres as possible. I gave a lot of attention to navigation and for sure my speed improved. Happy to go to the Dakar with a feeling like this,” he said.