Harith Noah efficiently accomplished his third Dakar changing into the one rider from India to fly the Tricolour on the forty fourth Dakar Rally, the celebrated annual cross-country endurance rally-raid race, which concluded right here on Friday.
The TVS Racing Factory rider additionally set the quickest stage time by a rider from India, ending 18th in Stage 11, beating his personal report set final 12 months. Performing persistently all through the 12 levels, Harith Noah completed the final day’s Stage 12 at twenty third place.
In the gruelling race that traversed by means of 7790 km of desert sands and dunes blended with harmful and difficult terrain of rocks, Noah clocked 72 hours, 52 minutes and 50 seconds for the 12 levels together with two levels underneath the Dakar Experience Class. Due to the technical snag with the engine, formally Noah is just not categorized in the final rankings.
Over 140 riders from about 30 international locations took half in the rally and Harith Noah, the star TVS Racing rider, who grew to become the quickest rider from India at Dakar in 2021 by ending P20 final 12 months, bagged the expertise of yet one more Dakar in his chequered profession.
The rider, into his tenth 12 months with the premier two-wheeler manufacturing firm, had a fall in the very first stage however moved on discarding one other severe shoulder harm in Stage 7, however ended up driving in ache for 2 days with out realizing that he fractured two of his ribs on January 9.
Undaunted, the 28-year from Kerala, braved the chances and was pressured to vary his engine for security causes earlier than the beginning of Stage 10, sadly suffered technical points and shifted to Dakar Experience class for the final two days, his group knowledgeable in a launch on Friday.
Noah spoke about his expertise and mentioned, “It is all the time an excellent feeling to finish Dakar and I’m very proud of the expertise. The nature of endurance cross-country rally like Dakar is gruelling and strenuous however one has to courageous harmful circumstances for each the person and the machine.
“That is why this race is particular. Despite not being formally categorized, and never ending for the second time, I take the nice issues dwelling and the joys of ending spurs me on to extra adventures on my bike. I thank my group TVS Racing and all my technical group, help workers and sponsors for giving me an opportunity to race as soon as once more in Dakar. With all this expertise, I hope to come back again stronger in 2023.”
As part of the Sherco TVS Factory team, Noah took part as a privateer sponsored by TVS Motor Company in Dakar RallyGP, the premier class of the Moto section, before shifting to the Experience class after Stage 10. He completed Dakar three times and is also the fastest Indian at the Dakar beating CS Santosh’s record of 34th in 2018.