Hero MotoSports has revealed its up to date Hero 450 Rally bike for subsequent month’s 2021 Dakar Rally. The staff has additionally confirmed its rider line-up, which can comprise Joaquim Rodrigues, CS Santosh and Sebastian Buhler, all of whom had been a part of Hero MotoSports within the 2020 Dakar Rally too.
- Hero 450 Rally will get new engine and chassis updates
- CS Santosh, Joaquim Rodrigues and Sebastian Buhler stay with Hero
- 2021 Dakar Rally to be held from January 3-15 in Saudi Arabia
What is new on the Hero 450 Rally?
Wolfgang Fischer, staff supervisor of Hero MotoSports Team Rally, has labelled the Hero 450 Rally as an evolution of its predecessor. The bike options an all-new 450cc engine, developed particularly for rallying, and the staff claims it affords improved high velocity and acceleration.
A variety of adjustments have been made on the chassis as nicely, together with a extra voluminous gasoline tank, improved suspension and cooling system. Hero has additionally maximised the centre of gravity on the lowest level of the bike for higher dealing with and stability. The staff believes all these adjustments will guarantee the brand new bike can juggle the twin roles of protecting lengthy strides at a heightened tempo.
The complete staff can even sport a brand new barcode-inspired livery, which Hero MotoSports says showcases its “technical edge”.
The 2020 Dakar Rally turned out to be a sombre affair for Hero MotoSports, with the staff withdrawing from the occasion following the tragic demise of its star rider Paulo Gonçalves. Fischer acknowledged that it’s going to be an emotional return to the occasion, however the entire staff is decided to placed on a very good present to honour Gonçalves.
“This is an emotional return for us at Dakar after the tragic event earlier this year. We are determined to put on a good show. While we were away from racing for quite some time due to the pandemic, we utilised the time to develop the new bike and conduct thorough testing sessions with our riders, thus, keeping the team engaged and motivated in the most challenging times,” he stated.
Hero MotoSports 2021 Dakar Rally line-up
Indian rally ace CS Santosh and 2019 Pan Africa Rally winner Joaquim Rodrigues can be making their fifth outing within the well-known Dakar Rally with Hero MotoSports. Sebastian Buhler, who only recently gained the 2020 FIM Cross-Country BAJAs World Cup, can be making his second Dakar look with the staff.
With COVID-19 disrupting motorsport exercise world wide for a number of months, the 2020 Andalucia Rally and BAJA Portalegre Rally have been the one official occasions the staff has competed on this 12 months. While admitting that the shortage of aggressive outings provides one other problem within the run as much as Dakar, CS Santosh additionally believes that the day off through the pandemic helped the staff actually give attention to refining its new bike.
“This has been an exceptional year with limited races and opportunities to train, yet we are satisfied with the preparations that we underwent ahead of Dakar Rally. I have tried to make the most of the situation and used this time to train hard and help the team in the development of our new bike. The new bike offers great performance and manoeuvrability, so I am really excited to ride it at the Dakar,” he added.
2021 Dakar Rally route
The 2021 Dakar Rally would be the second version of the occasion held fully in Saudi Arabia, largely resulting from COVID-19-related journey restrictions. The rally will flag off on January Three in Jeddah, run by means of different terrain earlier than concluding in the identical metropolis on January 15.
The route itself can be fully new and much more difficult, in comparison with the 2020 version. Participants should traverse a complete of seven,646km and 295 autos have entered throughout all of the courses – the bottom for the reason that 1997 Dakar Rally.
2021 Dakar Rally new guidelines
A serious rule change for the 2021 Dakar Rally would be the introduction of digital roadbooks, which can be handed out to opponents simply 10 minutes (for automobiles, vans and SSV) or 20 minutes (for bikes) earlier than the beginning of every stage. These roadbooks can even give aural warnings.
This 12 months’s Dakar Rally sadly noticed two riders – Gonçalves and Edwin Straver – tragically lose their lives. With that in thoughts, the occasion can be introducing some key measures to make sure the security of opponents. This contains necessary airbag vests for all bike and quad riders, in addition to a 90kph velocity restrict in hazardous sectors categorised as ‘slow zones’.
You can head right here for the entire breakdown of the new guidelines for the 2021 Dakar Rally.
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