Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, has today forged into the world of motorcycle rally racing by forming a strategic partnership with Speedbrain GmbH, the German off-road racing specialist. The newly formed Hero MotoSports Team Rally will make their debut at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco later this month, a Dakar Series race.
The team will ride the upgraded version of the successful Speedbrain 450 rally bike. The Merzouga Rally will be held from May 21 to 27, 2016. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also participate in international rallies around the world, leading to the Dakar Rally 2017.
The runners will wear the new colors CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues.
Santosh, the Indian off-road motorcycle star, has taken part in several international rallies and is poised to make his mark in the global racing arena. His teammate ‘J-Rod’ from Portugal is a rookie in the sport of rallying. However, being a former factory Motocross and Supercross rider, he is extremely professional with a strong determination to prove his talent. The team will be led by Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director of Speedbrain.
The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will be under the direct supervision of Dr Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Hero MotoCorp, and will work closely with his team at Hero Center of Innovation and Technology. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also contribute to the development and testing of new Hero vehicle concepts, using data collected during races.
Mr. Pawan Munjal, President, CEO and CEO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., noted, âIn the recent past, we have rapidly expanded our global footprint and have also made significant investments in improving our R&D capabilities. Motorsport is a natural progression for us, as it will allow us to bring value-added products with cutting-edge technology to our millions of customers. This initiative also reflects our continued support for sports and athletes. I welcome Santosh and Joaquim on board and wish them all the best.
Dr Markus Braunsperger, CTO, Hero MotoCorp Ltd., noted, âHero products are known for their strength, reliability and quality. So it is a logical step for us to engage in international rally sports – which is the ultimate testing ground for any product and its components. At Speedbrain we have a very professional and technologically knowledgeable partner and we look forward to a successful journey together. “
Mr. Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain GmbH, noted, âAfter several years of success in rally raid, accumulating tons of experience and creating a very specialized, motivated and loyal racing team and the conceptual skills on how to build an efficient and competitive motorcycle, we are more than happy to form a new, strategic partnership with Hero MotoCorp, to realize our shared vision for the future.
Mr. Zayn Khan, President, Federation of Motorsport Clubs of India (FMSCI), noted, âIt is a double pleasure for Indian motorsport with an Indian motorcycle giant entering world motorcycle racing with an Indian rider on the team. It is also a reflection of the growing interest in motorsport. in the country as more and more Indian car / motorcycle manufacturers enter the motorsport arena as we have seen in recent years.We wish Hero MotoSports Team Rally every success.