Update: March 11, 2022 2:15 p.m. STI
Abu Dhabi [UAE]March 11 (ANI): Hero MotoSports Team Rally concluded its Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2022 campaign, with two riders finishing in the top 10 positions.
Joaquim Rodrigues, continued his impressive Dakar 2022 performance with consistent performances throughout the five days of the rally, finishing in the top 10 at every stage. In the fifth and final stage, he finished with the eighth fastest time and secured sixth position overall in the rally.
Still recovering from an unfortunate fall last November, Franco Caimi had a difficult week in the sands of Abu Dhabi. However, his greater determination to bounce back stronger saw him deliver a very impressive result. Franco finished the last stage in tenth position. His steady improvement throughout the rally puts him in eighth position overall in the Rally GP class.
Ross Branch, who had suffered a serious accident and was unable to complete stage 1 of the rally, showed the spirit of Hero and his extreme commitment to winning the very next stage. He finished the final stage in fourteenth position and moved up to thirteenth place overall in the Rally GP class.
The final leg of the rally saw the drivers undergo an additional 209 km of testing, bringing the total race distance covered in five days to around 1,300 km. The podium ceremony at the iconic Yas Marina circuit in the capital Abu Dhabi closed this edition of the challenge. Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was also the second round of the 2022 FIA-FIM World Rally-Raid Championship.
The Hero MotoSports team will now focus on training and using their time to prepare for the rest of the championship. Rally Andalusia, Rally Kazakhstan and Rally Morocco are the team’s remaining races in the W2RC Championship.
“As usual with Abu Dhabi, it was a tough week for us. ADDC is the toughest race in 100% sand conditions and is always a testing ground for man and machine. Continuing our good track record of the Dakar, we’ve finished the race without any technical issues, and all three riders are back with us safe and sound – and I couldn’t be happier,” said Hero MotoSports Team Rally manager Wolfgang Fischer. .
“It was a really good week for us – good performance from both the bike and myself. Hero MotoSports is doing a fantastic job, and the results speak for themselves. We now have a very strong team with Ross Branch who joined us, and Caimi back in action. I have no doubt that we will do a lot more in the races to come. It was a great race, and we can’t wait for the next one, “said Joaquim Rodrigues, driver of the Hero MotoSports Team Rally.
“I’m super happy to be here at the end of this race. It’s a great accomplishment for me. A good return to the track after my accident last November. Since then I’ve been working very hard to get back to racing, and I’m happy to have finished the race with good results. It’s very encouraging, and I look forward to coming back to the next race much stronger,” said Hero MotoSports Team Rally rider Franco Caimi.
“The result is not what we wanted, but overall I think it was a good race for me. It was good for my confidence to run in front, and in the last few days I have I’ve learned a lot. I don’t need to put in 100% every day – that’s the main learning I’m coming out of. I know I’ve got the speed, but I’ll go back and keep working on my consistency. We have the whole year ahead, and I’m really excited. The Hero Rally 450 is an amazing work of art, and I’ve loved every moment with it. The team is also amazing, my teammates are really helpful, and I’m really grateful to have the opportunity to be here. We can only move forward from here, and I know we’ll achieve great things,” said Hero MotoSports rider Ross Branch. TeamRally. (ANI)