India joins the rally boom as manufacture Hero MotoCorp joins forces with Speedbrain to tackle Dakar 2017.

No strangers to rally, Speedbrain were at the forefront in the last couple of years when the team ran the official outfit for Husqvarna during its Italian. With Paulo Goncalves and Joan Barreda at the helm they racked up a vast amount of success not to mention experience. 

A staffing move to Honda put the program on hold, but now having left Honda, Wolfgang Fischer’s Speedbrain company has partnered with Hero MotoCorp.

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“After several successful years in the rally raid sport, collecting tons of experience and creating a very specialised, motivated and loyal race team and the conceptual skills on how to build an efficient and competitive bike, we are more than happy to form a new, strategic partnership with Hero MotoCorp, to realise our common vision for the future,” told Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director of Speedbrain GmbH.

The newly formed ‘Hero MotoSports Team Rally’ will make its debut at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco later this month, a Dakar series race. The team will be riding on the upgraded version of the successful Speedbrain 450 rally bike. Flying the new colours will be the riders CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues.

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Hero MotoCorp Ltd (HMCL), is the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer. For the past 15 consecutive years, the New Delhi-headquartered Hero MotoCorp has remained the world’s largest two-wheeler manufacturer in terms of unit volumes sold by a single company in a calendar year. 

The company sold over 6.63 million two-wheelers in the last financial year (FY’16). Hero MotoCorp currently sells its products in 30 countries across the world.

Santosh, the off-road motorcycle star from India, has participated in several international rally events and is poised to make a mark in the global racing arena. 

His teammate ‘J-Rod’ from Portugal is a rookie in rally sport. However, being a former Motocross and Supercross factory pilot, he is extremely professional with strong determination to prove his talent.

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The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Hero MotoCorp, and will work in close collaboration with his team at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology. 

“Hero products are known for their robustness, reliability and quality. It is, therefore, a logical step for us to engage in International Rally Sports – which is the ultimate proving ground for any product and its components. In Speedbrain we have a very professional and technologically capable partner and we look forward to a fruitful journey together,” said Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer of Hero MotoCorp Ltd.

The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also assist in development and testing of new Hero vehicles concepts, using the data collected from the races.

The Merzouga Rally will be held from May 21 to 27 2016. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also participate in international rallies across the globe, leading up to the Dakar rally 2017