Joaquim Rodrigues of Portugal makes a good start for Hero MotoSports Team in the India BAJA 2017. The Day 1 of India BAJA comprised of a total run of 502 km in the deserts of Jaisalmer, of which special stages made up the 290 kms and the remaining 212 kms made up the transportation sections.
While Aravind KP of TVS Racing stands second .Abdul Wahid Tanveer, also from TVS Racing is third. His teammate, Adrien Metge has dropped out of the rally after suffering a mechanical failure in SS4.
However, since Rodrigues and Aravind have raced at the Dakar, they’re not eligible for the Dakar Challenge prize – a free entry to the 2017 Merzouga Rally and the 2018 Dakar Rally. This puts Tanveer in the lead to win the prize.
Joaquim Rodrigues said “Today was a good race for me and our Hero MotoSports Team Rally. The bike’s performance was awesome today as it took me safely to the end. I am really happy with the result today and now we are going to get ready for the final day tomorrow”