Ha’il, Saudi Arabia, January 3, 2022
AARON MARÉ MOVES INTO THE TOP-10 IN OVERALL RANKINGS
After a steady start in the Qualifying stage (Stage 1A),Hero MotoSports Team Rally – the motorsports team of the world’s largest manufacturer of motorcycles and scooters – Hero MotoCorp, has completed Stage 1B of theDakar Rally 2022on 2nd Januaryin Ha’il, Saudi Arabia.
Bothriders finished the stage and reached the bivouacafter riding over 513kms, including 333kms of desert as part of the special stage. Competing in the Rally GP Class, Hero MotoSports riders Aaron Maré&Joaquim Rodriguesreached the finish lineinthe 11th and 22ndplacesrespectively. In overall rankings Aaron has moved in to the Top-10 rankings at the 10th place and Joaquim is at the 19th position.
Stage 1B, which looped around Ha’il, had a sandy terrain typical of the desert, with twisty tracks through dunes and valleys. Navigation was quite complicated as the tracks were not visible, had plenty of fork changes, and were also turning between stones for a long part.
It was Aaron Maré’s first long stage with the Hero Rally 450 and he thoroughly enjoyed riding the bike.Although the navigation was tricky, his rigorous navigation training in the weeks leading up to the Dakar greatly helped him ace the first stage.
Joaquim Rodrigueswho started the day early in the fifth position, however had adifficult stage. After catching up with the stage openers, JRod lost time finding a particularly difficult waypoint. He still has the rest of the race to make up for the lost time, and move up the table.
Overall, it was a goodfirst day for the Hero MotoSports’duo. The second stage will be a ratherchallenging one – a 339kms long ride through a chain of dunes, topped withan equally long liaison. The riders will leave Ha’il in the morning, and reachthe bivouac at Al Qaisumah after completing the stage.
“I made a good start,however, I and 3-4 other competitors who led the stage got lost somewhere around the 165kms mark, and could not find the way ahead. The late starters also caught up with us there, and I lost almost an hour before finding the waypoint and heading to the finish. Anyhow, it’s just the first day, there are 11 more days left to find my way to the top.”
“I had a great stage today with the amazing Hero Rally 450. The stage was quite tricky with complicated navigation, yet I got to ride with some of the other competitorsand I thoroughly enjoyed the day. I’m eager to get back on the bike tomorrow!”
Provisional Rankings – Stage 1B – Rally GP Class
1. Daniel Sanders GasGas Factory Racing 03h 43m 10s
2. Pablo Quintanilla Monster Energy Honda Team + 02m 07s
3. Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Team + 08m 31s
4. Lorenzo Santolino Team Sherco Rallye + 10m 04s
11. Aaron Maré Hero MotoSports Team Rally + 21m 03s
22. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero MotoSports Team Rally + 53m 19s
Provisional Overall Rankings at the end of Stage 1B – Rally GP Class
1. Daniel Sanders GasGas Factory Racing 04h 38m 40s
2. Pablo Quintanilla Monster Energy Honda Team + 03m 07s
3. Matthias Walkner Red Bull KTM Factory Team + 11m 06s
4. Adrien van Beveren Monster Energy Yamaha + 12m 46s
10. Aaron Maré Hero MotoSports Team Rally + 27m 33s
19. Joaquim Rodrigues Hero MotoSports Team Rally + 56m 24s