The Dakar Desert Rally is arguably the most popular bike racing event in the world and the 2023 edition is set to take place in Saudi Arabia.
CS Santosh was part of the hero team in the Dakar Rally and has been with the company for 6 years. However, according to some latest reports, he plans to leave. In fact, Hero Motors announced something along those lines on their official Instagram handle. However, the famous biker has not revealed anything yet. Nevertheless, we think this could be the end of this fruitful relationship. Let us check the details here.
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Will CS Santosh leave Hero for the Dakar Rally?
The Hero Moto Sports handle on Instagram posted this story which read, “Thank you CS, for six amazing years of limit racing together! We wish you much success on your next journey, Love, Hero Motosports Family”. Now, this clearly indicates that the two have separated. But we are waiting for an official confirmation from the runner. He has spent much of this year recovering from a serious accident he encountered on the Dakar Rally last year (2021), after which he was put in an artificial coma for several days.
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After recovering, he lost his memory of many events in his life due to head trauma. But he is excited to be part of MotoGP which is set to take place at Buddh International Circuit in Uttar Pradesh next year (2023). We could see it in action there. By then he could join royal thread to participate in the Dakar Rally with the rally-spec RE Himalayan 450 Raid which is about to be launched in our market soon. The special rally edition will most likely be unveiled in a few years.
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Royal Enfield Himalayan 450
The Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 could be powered by a 450cc liquid-cooled engine. According bikewale, the engine will produce 40PS and 45Nm of peak power and torque. Doing the transmission duties will be a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. Up front, the bike will have USD forks and a 21-inch wheel. The rear part will have the monoshock and the 17 inch wheel. It could have a fuel tank of around 20 liters. The bike will strike a balance between highway ride comfort and off-road ruggedness. We will wait a little longer to see the final version.
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