Aravind KP given all-clear to race in Dakar 2019 with Sherco TVS
Sherco TVS has confirmed Aravind KP as its fourth rider for the 2019 Dakar with the Indian joining the already announced Michael Metge, Adrian Metge and Lorenzo Santolino in a four-rider attack by the Indo-French collaboration.
The three riders were confirmed at the end of the PanAfrica Rally but Aravind's participation suffered a blow when he injured himself again while preparing for his return to competitive rallying in PanAfrica.
The team decided to wait before naming him as the assessment continued behind the scenes. Following a month's trial, Aravind has been given the green signal to join his teammate in Morocco for training ahead of next month's big event.
This will be Aravind third time in Dakar with the aim certainly will be to finish the rally after having to retire due to injury on the two previous occasions. “Dakar is the ultimate challenge for any racer and I am glad to be a part of it for the third consecutive time," he said.
"I thank TVS Racing and Sherco for believing in me and giving me another opportunity to fulfill my dream of finishing the rally. The past 10 months has been a journey of ups and downs but I have focused on my fitness and recovery to ensure I am ready for Dakar.
"The next one month will be crucial to my preparation and I will be going to Morocco to train with my team mates. Both Michael and Adrien have been extremely supportive during my recovery time and have kept me motivated along with my TVS Racing family.
"Conquering Dakar 2019, is my single focused goal for now and I am determined more than ever to finish the Rally." It will indeed be a big challenge for the Indian as he heads to Dakar without any competitive run in the past year.
B. Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing added: "I am happy that Aravind KP is returning to Dakar with full energy and vigour. We are very confident given his experience in the international racing arena and Dakar in particular, he will be able to perform well.
"The team has worked hard on the race strategy and is focused on maintaining consistency all through the race. We are competing with four best riders in the team and are very confident of a Top 10 finish."
The team will be without the services of Joan Pedrero, who has been instrumental in their success but Michael has taken over well in that role in a short span of time with Adrien also doing well along with Santolino.
With no Aravind in the the rallies earlier this year, all the other three riders have done well in Baja Aragon, PanAfrica, Rally of Morocco and the hope will be to achieve a Top 10 result in Dakar which will only take place in Peru this year from January 6 until January 17.