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Nataraj, Tanveer join Dakar riders in TVS Racing team for Indian BAJA
Kirti Patil | Tuesday, 21 March 2017 AT 09:47 AM IST
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PUNE: National Rally champion Abdul Wahid Tanveer and Desert Storm winner R Nataraj received a shot in the arm as they joined Dakar riders Aravind KP and Adrien Metge to make up the TVS Racing team for the Indian BAJA 2017-part of Dakar Challenge for 2018 rally.

As India gets ready to host challenge round for Dakar Rally for the first time, the pioneers of two-wheeler racing in India TVS Racing began consolidating its team weeks ahead of the challenge.

The two-day Indian BAJA will be held in Jaisalmer from April 8 to 9.

The TVS Racing team will be riding on RTR 450 motorcycles specifically tuned to meet the rally route requirements. The 450cc power plant produces around 60 hp. Major focus is given to achieve ultra-light weight and minimize friction.

The team has developed an engine with improved torque on entire RPM range. Modified port cross section, redesigned cam shaft, increased compression ratio and re-tuned ECM have helped to give better performance. Front and rear suspension has been extensively tuned for the riders in addition to thicker spokes in front and rear wheel assembly.

“We are thrilled to see our star rider Aravind KP back in the game along with Tanveer and Nataraj who are in top form. The addition of Adrien Metge from Sherco is a big boost to the team as he brings considerable experience to the table and our young racers will be inspired by his presence,” said B Selvaraj, Head, TVS Racing.

“We are happy that the event organizers have taken the rally raid to the next level so that it is now considered to be a part of the Dakar challenge. We expect the route and terrain to be challenging as per international standards and we look forward to the challenge,” Selvaraj said.

Indian BAJA Rally, which is now in its second season, is all set to bring off-road racing’s biggest name to the country as the rally-raid has recently been nominated as the one of the Dakar Challenge event. With this rally, the winner of the rally raid will get a free opportunity to participate in the 2017 Merzouga Rally followed by the 40th edition of the Dakar in 2018.

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