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merzouga rally

A stepping stone into the incredible arena of Dakar. Merzouga Rally remains true to it’s Dakar lineage with perils and terrain which defines the toughest rally on earth. Sherco TVS Racing Factory Team survived the rally through the dunes and deserts to claim a top 5 finish in Merzouga Rally 2017.The team is ready to take on yet another edition of the rally.

Discover the Stages

Stage - 01 / 05

LEG - 1 monday, April 16, 2018

The first stage represents an accessible introduction. Two different loops are on the programme and will send the bikes and quads on a separate special from the SxS. Many new zones will be visited on this route, which will be punctuated with sandy spots and quicker stretches.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
6
Lorenzo Santolino
9
Martin Duplessis
12
Vanni Cominotto
27

Stage - 02 / 05

LEG - 2 tuesday, April 17, 2018

The level of difficulty will be cranked up a notch, in particular with regard to crossing dunes. It is also during this stage, contested over two separate loops, that the navigation will be spiced up. Deciphering the road-book will be a delicate task: the most experienced will be at an advantage in following the right heading to find the way-points.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
8
Martin Duplessis
9
Lorenzo Santolino
10
Vanni Cominotto
24

Stage - 03 / 05

LEG - 3 wednesday, April 18, 2018

A marathon stage spread over two days comprises the heart of the rally, as well as the sporting stakes on which the newcomers as well as the experienced riders will be assessed. The rally will head south to stop at a marathon bivouac site that is totally isolated and which has never yet been explored by the event. To reach it, the competitors will have to get through a veritable maze of tracks: “the winner on this special will probably be the one who goes the slowest!” warns Edo Mossi.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
8
Lorenzo Santolino
9
Martin Duplessis
11
Vanni Cominotto
24

Stage - 04 / 05

LEG - 4thursday, April 19, 2018

The concept of endurance is especially palpable on the marathon stages, because only assistance between competitors is authorised at the bivouac. It will be decisive for the machines to be in good running order, with dunes to be climbed and crossed as the rally heads back up through Morocco, as well as in the many sandy wadis typical in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Whoever has managed to get through this twofold exercise will be ready for the Dakar.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Martin Duplessis
10
Joan Pedrero
15
Vanni Cominotto
36

Stage - 05 / 05

LEG - 5 friday, April 16, 2018

The hardest part of the rally will have been completed, but there is no question of relaxing or underestimating the last stage of approximately 80 kilometres in length, made up entirely of dunes. Whilst the start will have a gala ambiance with a grouped start for the three categories, the day’s challenge will nonetheless be physically tough. The title and places on the podium will be contested at the end of an intense sprint. More importantly, nobody will be safe from making a mistake that could be fatal to their chances.

Stage Results

Rider Name
Position
Joan Pedrero
7
Martin Duplessis
11
Vanni Cominotto
21
Lorenzo Santolino
32

the machine

international rally
RTR 450

TVS racing bikes

racing team

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.

Lorenzo Santolino

Nationality: Spain

Age: 31

Part of Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team since 2017

Finished 2nd in Desert Storm 2018

Martin Duplessis

Nationality: Argentina

Age: 29

Part of Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team since 2018

Vanni Cominotto

Nationality: Italy

Age: 29

Part of Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team since 2018

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