Bengaluru, Sep 20: Defending champions Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team on Friday announced their four rider squad for PanAfrica Rally 2019.
Winner of the previous edition, Michael Metge (France) will lead Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team’s bid for a second consecutive win at the prestigious event. Michael will be accompanied by Lorenzo Santolino from Spain, Johnny Aubert from France, and Abdul Wahid Tanveer from India.
Johnny Aubert will make his debut with Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team at the PanAfrica Rally. He had finished the Dakar rally at the commendable 6th position in 2018.
The PanAfrica Rally is an open competition of Motorbikes, Quads/ UTV, SSV (buggies) and will take place in Morocco between September 21-28, 2019.
Commenting on the team announcement, Mr B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing, said, 'The Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team has been performing consistently well at the PanAfrica Rally and we aim to continue our successful performances again this year. The team of seasoned Rally racers will be ably led by defending champion of PanAfrica and winner of Baja Aragon Rally 2019, Michael Metge. This year’s team constitutes for an action packed Rally by the addition of Johnny, Lorenzo, and Tanveer. We are confident of pulling off a great show this year as well.”
Michael Metge, Racer, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team said,'The PanAfrica Rally is one of the toughest and most grueling international Rally. We had a great outing last year and I am personally humbled by the title. I have been training religiously, with a good season thus far. I am looking forward to defending my title as well as the team’s. We’re all in a good shape and excited to put up a good show'.
The Rally is organised in the high dunes of the Sahara Desert, where the soaring temperatures is one of the several harsh conditions that the racers will have to battle. The Rally is seen as a learning ground for the teams and racers as they gear up for Dakar Rally in January next year. (UNI)