Harith Noah to represent India at Dakar 2022

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Harith Noah of the TVS Racing team is set to represent India at the 2022 Dakar, the world’s toughest cross-country rally, to be held in Saudi Arabia from January 1–14. Noah, who is currently training in Spain to hone his sailing skills after training with Sherco star Michael Metge in France, will leave for Jeddah about a week before the event. Noah, who completed his first Dakar in the experience category in 2020, has become the fourth Indian driver to participate in a prestigious rally after CS Santosh, Ashish Roarane and Aravind KP.

He excelled with a breathtaking effort in 2021 to become the first top 20 rider representing India. This year will be his third in the Dakar.

“I am in the best physical shape after more than 6 months of training and riding on the beach in my hometown in Kerala after the last Dakar. Since September, I have been in Europe to focus more on roadbooks and navigation training. Two weeks ago the team returned to Morocco because it’s a good place to train with long Dakar-like roadbooks, ”the five-time national Supercross champion said in a statement.

“The bike is brand new and I will be riding a machine that is agile, lighter, easier to ride and much more comfortable in the technical sections. Navigation is another area I focus on and the goal is to finish the rally, ”said Noah, a sports science graduate.

The call for the 44th edition of the Dakar would be in Jeddah, but things will only get serious in Ha’il.

Riyadh, the capital, will host the rest day, after which the peloton will head back to Jeddah for the final.

The Dakar will be part of the FIA ​​and FIM World Rally Championships this year for cross-country rallying.

The prologue will begin in Jeddah on January 1 with a trek to Ha’il, located at the crossroads of Saudi Arabia’s historic trade routes. A 19 km mini-special will spice up the long transfer.

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