Merzouga, 25 September, 2019- Hero MotoSports Team Rally, the motorsports team of the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer, Hero MotoCorp, today further improved its position in the ongoing Pan Africa Rally 2019, with team rider Joaquim Rodrigues claiming victory in Stage 2 of the Rally.

At the end of the second stage, JRod is top of the rankings in the overall standings. His teammate is CS Santosh is placed at the tenth position in the overall rankings.

The shortened stage, of 145km, saw the brilliant Joaquim Rodriguesblaze through the first half of the stage to bring in another stage win for Hero MotoSports Team Rally. He had earlier won the Prologue Stage.

C S Santosh also continued with his solid run by bringing home another stage for the team. He finished the stage 2 in 11thplace, enabling him to maintain his Top 10 spot in the overall rankings.

Stage 2of the Rally started today with the promise of another great day of riding for the competitors, however, some organizational challenges at the Refuelling point forced the organizers to cancel the second half of the stage.

The stage 3 of the Rally will challenge the competitors with the longest test yet with 450 kms of riding under the clock. The results of this stage will have a definitive influence on the final standings.

Joaquim Rodrigues, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, “A very good day for me today. I started pushing ahead right from the beginning and tried to catch the guys in front of me. But by then the dust was really terrible, making it difficult to see anything. I kept my cool and managed to pass two of the riders in front of me and arrived at the refuelling point in the 2nd place. Too bad that they had to cancel the second part because of some technical problems, but for me it means that I get a good win for my team, so I am very happy.”

C S Santosh, Rider, Hero MotoSports Team Rally said, “Yesterday when we were working on the road books, it looked like a long and fast stage. It started that way but was shortened to 145 kms by the organizers. I made a few mistakes in the beginning and after that just concentrated on following the road book right to the end. So overall not a bad day as I got my bike to the finish line and will build it from here over the next couple of stages.” _run_ui”:true,”system_level”:true,”verbose_logging”