By David Bodapati
Arequipa, 11 January 2018: Aravind KP’s dream of finishing The Dakar Rally ended with an ankle injury in the fifth stage of the Dakar 2018 here on Thursday.
Talking to INDIAinF1.com, Aravind said that he is overwhelmed by the love and support shown by the fans in India. He said he though he was disappointed with his premature end to the second season’s campaign, he felt good and encouraged by the huge demonstration of support from India. “After yesterday’s crash, I am feeling better now after getting medical attention. I would like to thank all my fans and well-wishers for their love and support all through Dakar. The doctors in Lima have informed me that I will require surgery once back in India…,” qupped the only rider among the two Indians who have ever competed in the Dakar Rally along with Santosh CS of Hero MotoSports.
“So I am focused on staying positive and recovering quickly so that I can get back on the bike quickly,” he concluded and also thanked TVS Racing in a 2-part tweet, who were there brain behind promoting
an Indian champion to a World Stage for the second year running. He also thanked other TVS partners, who supported in his campaign. Unlike Gaurav Gill, the kind of Indian Motorsports, who is languishing for lack of a sponsor, Aravind feels grateful to the company, that has been a constant and consistent encouragement and backbone for his racing activities.
The Sherco TVS Factory Rally team traversed across a challenging trail between San Juan De Marcona and the city of Arequipa in Peru with lead rider Joan Pedrero taking a solid 18th position. The 764-km stage featured a 268-km ‘special’ where the riders had to ride through a difficult terrain of sand and dust.
Aravind KP had an crash and injured his ankle to bring his second sojourn in the Dakar Rally to a premature end. He is undergoing medical treatment in Lima, Peru.
Pedrero said: “I am happy to have arrived and to have been able to keep my bike intact. It was a very difficult stage as the dunes are very tough and the course was very difficult to negotiate.”
Team Manager David Casteu said: “It is a very difficult Dakar. The whole team is thinking about Aravind KP and wishes him speedy recovery.”
The sixth stage of Dakar 2018, will witness extreme climatic conditions as the riders move from the confines of the deserts of Peru to the pristine landscape of Bolivia. The riders expected to go past the shorelines of salt-water lakes before taking on the Bolivian Altiplano where mountain ranges cover altitudes of over 2500 kms.
eom/TVS Sherco press release