Bangalore based CS Santosh returns to South America for the 2016 edition of Dakar Rally to be held in Argentina-Bolivia. What is known as the world’s toughest off road race, Dakar Rally sees participation from across the globe, negotiating the toughest of terrain under the most challenging of circumstances.
Santosh’s experience in January this year left him with an injured shoulder and broken toe while he finished 36th overall. However, he was among 79 out of 168 riders who started which was indeed a commendable effort and a proud moment.
January 2015 events saw CS Santosh ride on a KTM 450 Rally bike while this year he will be among 5 riders on a Suzuki 450 Rally bike. He is earnestly preparing for the upcoming events and is thankful to both Red Bull India and Ceat Tyres for their support and encouragement due to which this participation is possible.
Having many awards to his name such as Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm, Maruti Suzuki Raid de Himalaya, Fox Hill Supercross and Asian Motocross Championship, CS Santosh aspires to do even better in the 2016 Dakar Rally and be an inspiration to young bikers in the country.
2016 Dakar Rally will cover a distance of 9,000 kms out of which 4,500 kms will consist of 13 competitive stages. 2 marathon stages are also to be held during which no outside mechanical assistance will be permitted. This means that despite tacking the grueling ride, the bikers will have to service their individual bikes at the end of the day in readiness for the next day’s events.
The rally will start at Buenos Aires and finish in Rosario. 152 moto riders will be under the starters orders on departure ramp with CS Santosh being allocated No.56 which is the same number he was allotted last year. The Suzuki 450 Rally has been specially prepared as Santosh takes on what is seen as the toughest race on the planet.