TVS Racing continued its winning spree at the recently concluded 2017 edition of Raid De Himalaya rally. Riders from the team Abdul Wahid Tanveer and R Nataraj secured 1st and 2nd place respectively in Group A category. Rajendra RE and Imran Pasha secured the 1st and 2nd position respectively in Group B. Aishwarya Pissay, the only woman rider competing for the team at Raid De Himalaya won the Ladies Class. She finished 4th in the overall Group B category, which is a notable achievement for a woman racer at the event.
One of the toughest motorsport event in India, this was the 19th edition of the rally spread across 1100kms with altitude variation of 2000m to 5500m. This year Raid de Himalaya 2017 negotiated world’s highest mountain passes Shingo la (5081 m), Baralach la (4890 m), Taglang la (5328 m) and Kardung la (5369 m). Riders, motorcycles and service team members are severely tested against high altitude, grueling terrains, Sub-zero temperatures (as low as -15°C) and mental fatigue. This year only 15 of the 52 bikes finished the event this year.
The 6-day rally went through extreme weather conditions and very difficult terrains good enough to challenge the man and the machine. There were 7 riders representing the team for Raid De Himalaya from TVS Racing, who participated in 4 categories, Group A upto 450cc, Group B up to 250cc, ladies class and scooter class.
Commenting on the victory, B Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing said, “I am exhilarated with the performance of the team at the event. Our preparations and training helped us dominate the rally as our team was over an hour ahead of the nearest competition. The Raid rally has immense learnings not just for the riders but also the support crew team, who played a crucial role in these victories.”
Teamwork and well thought of racing strategy helped the team utilise their full potential at the rally raid. Service strategy was very critical in this rally to make sure of the completion of rally motorcycles with its best and consistent performance.