Crafted to Overcome, Crafted to Outperform

Merzouga Rally

A stepping stone into the incredible arena of Dakar. Merzouga Rally remains true to it’s Dakar lineage with perils and terrain which defines the toughest rally on earth. Sherco TVS Racing Factory Team survived the rally through the dunes and deserts to claim a top 10 finish in Merzouga Rally 2018.The team is ready to take on the 10th edition of the Merzouga Rally.

Discover the Stages

Stage - 01 / 05

LEG - 1 Monday, April 01, 2019

The Merzouga Rally started on a serious note today with a 210 km of special! The mechanics were allowed to spend 2 hours with the motorcycles and then they were returned to the paddock. The special rules are that the motorcycles have to race on the same tires again tomorrow! The strategy is appropriate which makes the rally all the more interesting!

Stage 1 Results

Rally Class:
Rider Name
Position
Micheal Metge
03
Aravind KP
31
Enduro Class:
Rider Name
Position
AW Tanveer
03

Stage - 02 / 05

LEG - 2 Tuesday, April 02, 2019

Today’s stage included 210 km’s of special in the dunes of Merzouga for our Rally racers.Tomorrow is the beginning of the marathon stage! 230 km where the riders will not be able to receive any help from the team upon arrival at the end of the first day!

Stage 2 Results

Rally Class:
Rider Name
Position
Micheal Metge
01
Aravind KP
69
Enduro Class:
Rider Name
Position
AW Tanveer
02

Stage - 03 / 05

LEG - 3 wednesday, April 03, 2018

The marathon stage of this Merzouga Rally started today,spread over two days,which comprises the heart of the rally. This stage consisted of 230 Km of racing without any team support for the Sherco TVS Factory Rally Team riders upon arrival at the days end.

Stage 3 Results

Rally Class:
Rider Name
Position
Aravind KP
32
Micheal Metge
67
Enduro Class:
Rider Name
Position
AW Tanveer
02

Stage - 04 / 05

LEG - 4thursday, April 04, 2019

The concept of endurance is especially palpable on the marathon stages, because only assistance between competitors is authorised at the bivouac. It will be decisive for the machines to be in good running order, with dunes to be climbed and crossed as the rally heads back up through Morocco, as well as in the many sandy wadis typical in the foothills of the Atlas Mountains. Whoever has managed to get through this twofold exercise will be ready for the Dakar.

Stage 4 Results

Rally Class:
Rider Name
Position
Aravind KP
19
Micheal Metge
67
Enduro Class:
Rider Name
Position
AW Tanveer
01

Stage - 05 / 05

LEG - 5 friday, April 05, 2019

The hardest part of the rally will have been completed, but there is no question of relaxing or underestimating the last stage of approximately 80 kilometres in length, made up entirely of dunes. Whilst the start will have a gala ambiance with a grouped start for the three categories, the day’s challenge will nonetheless be physically tough. The title and places on the podium will be contested at the end of an intense sprint. More importantly, nobody will be safe from making a mistake that could be fatal to their chances.

Stage 5 Results

Rally Class:
Rider Name
Position
Aravind KP
51
Enduro Class:
Rider Name
Position
AW Tanveer
02

The Machine

International Rally
RTR 450

TVS racing bikes

racing team

Michael Metge

Ganges, France

Age: 38 years

The older of the 2 Metge brothers, Michael is a seasoned veteran in the world of Rally Racing.

His passion started at a very young age, passed on from his parents who are also rally raid riders.

Michael Metge heads into Dakar 2019 with back to back titles at Spanish Baja Aragon and PanAfrica Rally 2018 earlier this year. This will be his 7th Dakar, bringing in all his experience to the Sandy dunes of Peru!

Best Ranking in Dakar: 14th in 2017

ARAVIND KP

Mangalore, India

Age: 33 years

Participates in rally and super-cross events.

First Indian rider to win Sri Lankan National Super-cross Championship 2011 riding the RTR 250.

The Mangalore born racer has won 17 National Championships in India and has trained extensively in the USA and Europe alongside top international riders.

The first Indian from Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team to participate in Dakar.

Aravind KP became the only Indian to complete the Dakar 2019.

AW Tanveer

Mysore, India

Age: 26 years

Riding for TVS Racing since 2013. Participates in rally and supercross events.

Won Raid de Himalaya 2017 in Group A.

Won rally and supercross championships in 2016 in Group A category.

Won championship 2015 in Group C category.

Trained extensively in Europe for rally riding and navigation.

Won Indian Baja rally 2017 and gained the eligibility to ride in Dakar rally. He made his debut in Merzouga rally event and finished in 27th position.

Won the Pan Africa Rally 2018 in Enduro Class.

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