The Dakar Desert Rally is arguably the most popular bike racing event in the world and the 2023 edition is set to take place in Saudi Arabia.
CS Santosh was part of the Hero team in the Dakar Rally and has been with the company for 6 years. However, according to some recent reports, he is planning to quit. In fact, Hero Motors has announced something along these lines on its official Instagram handle. However, the famous biker has not revealed anything yet. However, we think this could be the end of the road for this successful relationship. Let’s check the details here.
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CS Santosh will leave the hero for the Dakar rally?
The Hero Moto Sports handle on Instagram posted this story, saying, “Thank you CS, for six amazing years of racing the limits together! We wish you success on your next journey, love, in the Hero Motosports family.” We wish. Now, this clearly indicates that the two have parted ways. But we are waiting for an official confirmation from the rider. He is recovering from a serious accident in last year’s (2021) Dakar Rally. He spent most of the year, after which he was sent into an induced coma for several days.
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After recovering, he has lost memory of many events in his life due to head trauma. But he is excited to be a part of the MotoGP which is scheduled to take place at the Buddha International Circuit in Uttar Pradesh next year (2023). We can see him in action there. Until then, he may join Royal Enfiled to participate in the Dakar Rally with the rally-spec RE Himalayan 450 Raid which is soon to be launched in our market. A special rally edition is likely to be unveiled in a few years.
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Royal Enfield Himalayan 450
The Royal Enfield Himalayan 450 may be powered by a 450-cc liquid-cooled engine. According to Bikewale, the motor will produce 40 hp and 45 Nm of peak power and torque. Doing the transmission duty will be a 6-speed gearbox with a slipper clutch. At the front, the bike will get USD fork and 21-inch wheel. The rear section will have a mono shock absorber and 17-inch wheels. It can have a fuel tank of around 20 liters. The bike will strike a balance between highway ride comfort and off-roading toughness. We will wait a bit more to see the final version.
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