The 42nd edition of the Dakar Rally will be held in Saudi Arabia in 2020. Starting in Jeddah on January 5, 2020, the Rally will conclude 12 stages later in Qiddiyah near the Saudi capital of Riyadh.
Hero Motosports 2020 Dakar rally Team. (Image courtesy: Manav Sinha/News18.com)
Hero MotoSports Team Rally has announced its Riders for the Dakar Rally 2020. Participating with four riders for the first time, the team will take on the Dakar 2020 with – 2019 Pan Africa Rally winner – Joaquim Rodrigues, Indian Ace rider – CS Santosh, Dakar Rookie of the Year 2017 – Oriol Mena and the newest addition, Former World Rally Champion – Paulo Goncalves.
For Hero Motosports Team Rally, this season has been a significant one so far. While the Team has consistently improved its performances with each passing year, 2019 saw it staking claim on the Podium. Stepping up the game with a Rally win (Pan Africa Rally), two Podium finishes (Merzouga and Desert Storm), four stage wins (1 in Silkway Rally, 2 in Pan Africa and 1 in Rally Du Maroc where Paulo won an important stage against all the top riders in the sport) and six stage podiums (Silkway Rally), this season saw the factory team of Hero Motosports turn a page in their journey.