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  • At the Toughest Race on The Planet

    DAKAR Rally 2018 Peru,Bolivia & Argentina

    The Team is set to take on yet another edition of Dakar, the world’s toughest rally on January 6th 2018. This year, the rally will cover the harshest terrain known to man across Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Grit Makes Great at our 4th Dakar appearance.

  • DAKAR 2017

    At our 3rd consecutive participation at Dakar, TVS Racing rider Aravind KP became the 1st Indian rider to ride for Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team. Our limitless spirit of racing took us past the finish line yet another time.

  • DAKAR 2016

    Man and Machine were tested to the extreme and came out stronger at our 2nd Dakar appearance. After conquering innumerable obstacles, we were engineered for glory!

  • DAKAR 2015

    TVS became the 1st Indian Factory Team to take part in the prestigious Dakar Rally partnering with Sherco Motorcycles. We left our mark on the world’s grandest stage!

DAKAR Rally 2018 Peru,Bolivia & Argentina

The Team is set to take on yet another edition of Dakar, the world’s toughest rally on January 6th 2018. This year, the rally will cover the harshest terrain known to man across Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Grit Makes Great at our 4th Dakar appearance.

DAKAR 2017

At our 3rd consecutive participation at Dakar, TVS Racing rider Aravind KP became the 1st Indian rider to ride for Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team. Our limitless spirit of racing took us past the finish line yet another time.

DAKAR 2016

Man and Machine were tested to the extreme and came out stronger at our 2nd Dakar appearance. After conquering innumerable obstacles, we were engineered for glory!

DAKAR 2015

TVS became the 1st Indian Factory Team to take part in the prestigious Dakar Rally partnering with Sherco Motorcycles. We left our mark on the world’s grandest stage!

Discover the Stages

Stage - 01 / 14

saturday, jan 6, 2018 from lima to pisco - 272 km

In Peru, racers are plunged from the outset into the sand, the overriding theme of this five-day stretch of the race. This little starter will simply whet the appetite of the most hardened experts. Everyone else will be well advised to make the most of this stretch to improve the specific reflexes needed to tackle this type of terrain. Finesse will already be required to negotiate a downhill section towards the shoreline of a lake

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Adrien Metge
23
Joan Pedrero
24
KP Aravind
30

Stage - 02 / 14

sunday, jan 7, 2018 from pisco to pisco - 278km

The Pisco loop stage is 90% off-piste. This exercise in navigation offers the car drivers the privilege of setting off before everyone else... and that means no bike tracks to follow. The risk of bogging is reduced by the relatively cool morning temperatures, but the canyons of the first 40 kilometres of special stage will not make for an easy ride, nor will the series of dunes that follows

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
23
KP Aravind
40
Adrien Metge
-

Stage - 03 / 14

monday, jan 8, 2018 from pisco to san juan de marcona - 501km

At this point, Dakar veterans will still be warming up. The day’s challenge will mainly be disputed off-piste, both across a chott and in the heart of the canyons. Bikes and quads will leave the main route for a fifteen-kilometre detour, without increasing the day’s total distance. Newcomers to the rally, some of whom will already have experienced some difficulties, will be starting to feel a little worse for wear by this stage!

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
17
KP Aravind
31
Adrien Metge
-

Stage - 04 / 14

tuesday, jan 9, 2018 from san juan de marcona to san juan de marcona - 444km

The beach where the stopwatch is started lends itself perfectly to mass starts, with neat lines of 15 bikes and 4-abreast acceleration contests for the cars. After this sprint along the beach, the drivers will tackle one of the longest-ever sandy sections in the history of the Dakar: a total of 100 km, with dunes of all sizes! This special stage is where certain racers will get ahead, especially since the last canyon is a little tricky to find.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
17
KP Aravind
44
Adrien Metge
-

Stage - 05 / 14

wednesday, jan 10, 2018 from san juan de marcona to arequipa - 770km

Feature of the day: bikes and quads will take a separate route from the cars and trucks. The race will start at daybreak, and follow the two different sections of special stage on the programme. The crews will therefore be the first to discover the sands of Tanaka, traversing terrain such as the 30 or so kilometres of mountainous dunes. The road to Arequipa will be long for everyone. And there may well be some late arrivals at the bivouac

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
18
Adrien Metge
-
KP Aravind
-

Stage - 06 / 14

thursday, jan 11, 2018 from arequipa to la paz - 758km

The Dakar leaves Peru and the desert to take on the mountains. The route become faster, barely leaving enough time for a peek at the many lakes along the way. The second timed section will start on the shores of Lake Titicaca. The Bolivian Altiplano requires competitors and crews to adjust to racing at an altitude of 2,500 metres. The day off in the capital will help them acclimatise.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
13
Adrien Metge
-
KP Aravind
-

Stage - 07 / 14

saturday, jan 13, 2018 from la paz to uyuni - 726km

Upon crossing the border, a change of software is required, which racers and co-drivers will have to install without delay on their hard disks. Against this new backdrop, the daily mileage increases and the dunes temporarily disappear from the landscape. Vigilance is called for on these good tracks that make up most of the route to Uyuni. Once teams reach the barracks, the vehicles are left in the service park, though deprived of their assistance teams for this marathon stage.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
21
Adrien Metge
-
KP Aravind
-

Stage - 08 / 14

sunday, jan 14, 2018 from uyuni to tupiza - 584km

The second part of this marathon stage also includes the longest special stage of the rally, covering nearly 500 kilometres. Before leaving the Altiplano, the competitors will be put to a tough test in high-altitude sand dunes 3,500 m above sea level. This should start to give us a better idea of the leaderboard; the handful of men or women capable of winning the Dakar will now be revealed.

Stage 9​, scheduled for tomorrow,​ has been cancelled due to extreme weather​.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
29
Adrien Metge
-
KP Aravind
-

Stage - 09 / 14

monday, jan 15, 2018 - from tupiza / salta - 754km

An action-packed day lies ahead as the race enters Argentina, but the winner’s time will no doubt be one of the best of the fortnight. The route is windy in places, but fast as a whole. Those who manage to find their way through the rios of various sizes will also be able to keep good time. Competitors need to drive confidently and avoid any errors if they are to avoid jeopardizing their place.

Today's Race has been cancelled due to bad weather conditions.

Stage - 10 / 14

tuesday, jan 16, 2018 from salta to belén - 795km

The Dakar has covered pretty much all of this region… but the dunes that the racers will have to ride on the vast sandy plateau during the first part of the day are a new addition. Along the way, they will cross the path of the assistance vehicles on their way to Belén… and, for the first time, these will be allowed to intervene during the special stage. But beware! Time is ticking! At any rate, this is a navigation contest that will be decided in the river crossings at the end of the special stage

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
10
Adrien Metge
-
KP Aravind
-

Stage - 11 / 14

wednesday, jan 17, 2018 from belén to fiambalá to chilecito - 484km

If the weather is particularly hot, reducing the firmness of the sand, this will be one of the toughest spots in Argentina… and potentially the place where a racer in good shape will be able to shine. Stéphane Peterhansel can attest to that. As in 2016, the previous day’s special stage times will define the starting order, with a mix of bikes, cars and trucks for the 25 fastest finishers. In the evening, the bike riders will be stay in a separate bivouac for their second marathon stage.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
8
Adrien Metge
-
KP Aravind
-

Stage - 12 / 14

thursday, jan 18, 2018 - from fiambalá / chilecito / san juan - 722km

Good physical management will be the key to success in this second marathon stage for the bike riders, whose arms will not be spared by the hundreds of twists and turns and stony sections they will have to endure. The only way that car and truck crews will be able to get through this long day without getting stuck in the rios will be by carefully keeping to the road book.

Today's Race has been cancelled.

Stage - 13 / 14

friday, jan 19, 2018 - from san juan / córdoba - 904km

In this stage, car drivers will enjoy the dunes of San Juan at the start of their day… but will also have to cross an area of fesh-fesh, which will put their nerves to the test. Those familiar with the tracks of the Argentinian round of the WRC will then find the terrain to their taste, but there is still more to be lost than gained at this point. Throughout the history of the Dakar, many a competitor has been known to let the title slip through their fingers the day before the finish!

Stage - 14 / 14

saturday, jan 20, 2018 - from córdoba / córdoba - 284km

It’s time to celebrate—not only for the winners of the various categories, but also for all of the adventurers who manage to complete the 40th edition—in a city with one of the greatest passions for motor sports in the world. Before competitors can enjoy their “Fernando” — the name the “Cordobeses” give to the national cocktail — they will first have to cross around 30 rios. That’s just as many potential pitfalls, meaning that competitors cannot let down their guard until they have come to the end of the very last kilometre.

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ARVIND K.P

Mangalore, India

Age: 31 years

Riding for TVS Racing since 2006.

Participates in rally and supercross events.

First Indian rider to win Srilankan National Supercross Championship 2011 riding the RTR 250.

He has won 17 National championships in India.

Trained extensively in the USA, Europe alongside top international riders.

First Indian rider to participate in Dakar rally 2016 in Sherco TVS Rally Factory team. Aravind participated in Dakar 2017 for the second consecutive year.

Adrien Metge

Gange

Age: 31 years

Adrien Metge is no stranger to rallies.

He gets his racing genes from his parents who are also rally raid riders.

Besides motorsports, Adrien is also passionate about biking, jet skiing and football.

Participating in his second Dakar, Adrien Metge is the latest entrant in the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team for Dakar 2017.

Joan Pedrero

Canet de Mar, Spain

Age: 31 years

Part of Dakar team since 2016.

Finished 13th overall in Dakar 2017.

Top 5 finish at Merzouga Rally 2017.

Top 3 finish at Baja Aragon 2017.

Winner of Pan Africa Rally 2017

Top 5 finish at Rally of Morocco 2017

By finishing fifth twice, Joan has confirmed his consistency, and believes that he is eligible for the highest step of the podium.

Pedrero is back under the wing of Sherco TVS Factory Rally team and his goal is to defend the ambitions of the racing team that supported him during his stage win in 2014.

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