Hero Motosports Ross Branch secures 3rd position in Prologue stage at Dakar 2024

Dakar 2024

Hero Motorsports rider Ross Branch finished 3rd in the prologue stage of Dakar 2024 rally. He will be starting at the position in Stage 1, which will start from AlUla tomorrow. Branch started the rally at 46th position and attained an impressive 3rd at the end. His colleagues Joan Barreda Bort, Sebastian Bühler and Joaquim Rodrigues finished at 15,16 and 21st positions respectively.

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Ross Branch. Source: Instagram

Hero Motosports hopes on Dakar 2024

Hero Sports had a decent last year with consistent success at Rallye du Maroc, where Ross Branch and & Sebastian Buhler at 4th and 8th positions. Ross branch won a stage but just came short on the stage podium with a mere 2 seconds.

The team also had a similar outing at Desafio Ruta 40, where Ross Branch again showed his mettle with an impressive 4th position. Prior to that in Sonora rally, both Branch and Buhler finsihed yet again in top 10.

At Abu Dhabi Desert rally, Hero Motosports rider Ross Branch once again displayed his consistency by finishing in top 10 in all 5 stages and earned 5th spot in overall standings of the rally.

With an encouraging finish in the prologue stage, they will be backing their riders, especially Ross branch as he has an added advantage before the main rally.

Ross Branch, 37, won many laurels previously in his stellar career. He is a dual stage winner at Dakar 2023 and a stage winner in 2020. Branch is also a winner of Botswana 1000 desert race and 3-time Winner of South African Cross-country Championship. As he is set to start the race in a comfortable 3rd position, more success awaits this time.

Indian Drivers at Dakar 2024

Two Indian drivers Harith Noah and Ashish Roarane finished at 29th and 104th positions respectively. Noah started at 20th position in the prologue but now he will have to start the first stage at 29th while Ashish, who started at 108 bettered four positions and finished at 104.

Dakar 2024 Day 1 Highlights so far

In Bikes category, Tosha Schareina of Spain, finsihed at top by beating Daniel Sanders by 12 seconds.

In Quads, Francisco Moreno Flores(Argentina) beat his fellow countryman Manuel Andujar by an impressive 28 seconds to finish at top.

Coming to Challenger category, the pair of Eryk Goczal and Oriol Mena has secured top position.

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