Harit Noah successfully completed his third Dakar, becoming the only Indian to fly the tricolor in the 44th Dakar Rally, the prestigious annual cross-country endurance rally-raid race which ended here on Friday.
The TVS Racing Factory Rider also set the fastest stage time by an Indian rider, finishing 18th in Stage 11 and breaking his own record last year. Performing continuously in 12 stages, Harit Noah finished the last day’s stage 12 in 23rd place.
Noah completed 72 hours, 52 minutes and 50 seconds for 12 stages, including two under the Dakar Experience Class, in a fierce race through 7790 km of desert sand and hills mixed with dangerous and difficult terrain of rocks. Due to technical defects with the engine, Noah is not officially classified in the general rankings.
More than 140 riders from around 30 countries took part in the rally and star TVS racing rider Harith Noah, who finished P20 last year and became the fastest rider from India at Dakar in 2021, had another Dakar experience in his lucrative career. .
Morning in his 10th year with Premier Two-Wheeler Manufacturing Company, he collapsed in the first phase but proceeded to recover from another serious shoulder injury in Stage 7, but was in pain for two days without realizing he had a fracture. January 9 his two ribs.
Undoubtedly, the 28-year-old from Kerala, faced obstacles and was forced to change his engine for safety reasons before the start of Stage 10, unfortunately suffered technical problems and shifted to Dakar Experience Class for the last two days, his team informed. Released on Friday.
Noah talked about his experience and said, “Completing Dakar has always been a great experience and I am very happy with it. Endurance cross-country rallies like Dakar are tough and tough in nature but face dangerous situations for both man and machine.
“That’s why this race is special. Although not officially classified, and not completed a second time, I take good things home and the thrill of finishing motivates me to do more adventures on my bike. I thank my team TVS Racing and all my technical team, support staff and sponsors for giving me the opportunity to race once again in Dakar. With all this experience, I hope to get back stronger in 2023. “
As part of the Shareco TVS Factory team, Noah participated in the Dakar RallyGP as a privately sponsored TVS Motor Company, the main segment of the large division, before Noah shifted to Experience Class after Stage 10. He completed Dakar three times and that too. Fastest Indian in Dakar, beating the 34th record of CS Satisfaction in 2018.