The 2019 Edition kickstarts today from Fes, Morocco
Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team announced their 3-rider squad for the Rally of Morocco 2019 which commenced on October 3, and ends on October 9, 2019. The Rally of Morocco 2019 is the final round of FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship, will witness Michael Metge, Lorenzo Santolino, and Johnny Aubert race in the Rally category from the team.
Commenting on the team, Mr. B. Selvaraj, Team Manager, TVS Racing, said: “The dunes of Sahara Desert at the Rally of Morocco have always been a testing ground for us. We intend to challenge our previous stints in the Rally and hope to deliver consistent performances in all stages. I wish our riders all the luck for Rally of Morocco.”
Michael Metge, Racer, Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team, said: “I hope to better my overall performance from the previous Rallies and give it my best shot. We plan to finish the stages with a strategic momentum and end the Rally on a high note.”
The racers will cover a distance of 2500 kilometers, spread over 5 stages, during the 6 days of the Rally. The Rally of Morocco 2019 which includes bikes / quads / trucks / cars & SSV categories, will see 160 competitors traversing through the dunes and tricky trails of Moroccan desert across different stages and routes around Erfoud and Fez.
Michael Metge comes on board with his vast Dakar experience, having participated in the Dakar Rally 7 times with 3 podium finishes in individual stages. The winner of Panafrica Rally 2018 and two-time Baja Aragon (2018 & 2019) champion, Michael is participating in Rally of Morocco for the second time.
Lorenzo Santolino is a Spanish racer who joined the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team in 2018. Devouring his passion for racing at the age of eight years, he was hailed with the title of Enduro World Champion in 2010, and came third at the World E1 Championship, 2015. Santolino has also won the Spanish Championship 7 times between Enduro and Xc. He finished the 2019 Baja Aragon at fourth position in overall rankings.
Johnny Aubert is a French Enduro rider, and was a strong performer in Dakar Rally 2018. The two-time Enduro world champion began racing at the age of four years and has won more than 40 Enduro GP’s in his career. He finished the Dakar Rally 2018 at sixth position.