Abdul Wahid Tanveer – Motor Sport – Merzouga Rally

Abdul Wahid Tanveer – Motor Sport – Merzouga Rally

Abdul Wahid Tanveer had a great run in the Merzouga rally as he finished at P1 in the enduro category.

Racer Abdul Wahid Tanveer entered the record books in the recently concluded Merzouga Rally when he became the first Indian rider to win a class in an international rally. Tanveer finished 20th in the Enduro category.

Both Indian teams had a solid start to their post-Dakar 2019 campaign

  • Oriol Mena bags a podium for Hero in the overall classification.
  • Abdul Wahid Tanveer was highest placed Indian rider in 20th position.
  • Next rally for both teams will be the 2019 Desert Storm.

Merzouga rally :

Merzouga Rally is a rally raid that takes place in Morocco every year since 2010 at the beginning of October in the big dunes of Merzouga. It’s a five-day race plus prologue and a marathon stage in the desert. The stages are varied and round 2–300 km long. Navigation is the key and the competitors use the GPS Unik2, the same used on the Dakar Rally.

Safety is important as well with the competitors using the Iritrack, the tracking system studied for the African rallies. Plus a professional medical staff with 4×4 ambulances and doctors on bike and quad along the track and heli-ambulance service.

To meet the needs of the professional riders but also the necessities of amateurs, the Merzouga Rally features the division of the route in 2 categories: PRO: open to pro riders and those competitors ready for an ultimate challenge EXPERT: a technical and navigated route but less extreme stages as the Expert riders will cover the 75% of the complete route of the Pro riders. The Merzouga Raid: Ideal for those who face the desert for the first time.

At their own pace, riding on the same route of the rally in small groups with an expert guide. The vehicles will be equipped with world track, the satellite system that allow to follow the vehicles on track in real time. (for the rider no sports licence is required).

History of Merzouga rally :

In 2010, 40 competitors took part to the first edition of the Merzouga Rally. Every year the rally grows reaching an average of more than 120 vehicles on track..

Studied by Italian Promoter Edoardo Mossi, the Merzouga Rally formula is addressed to all amateurs that challenge the desert for the first time, but also for the professional riders who wish to train in preparation of the Dakar Rally.

Abdul Wahid Tanveer :

The racer from Mysuru said the Merzouga Rally finish has motivated him to set his sights on Dakar Rally. “Yes, Dakar Rally is in my sights. I would love to compete and it also depends on how TVS is looking at it,” he said.

According to Tanveer, the most important part of rallying is to strike a balance between endurance, skill and managing the bike. “We also need to know how to navigate as that helps us to finish rallies. It all comes through experience. I also have a good talk with my mechanic and team manager as it helps us in understanding the bike better. While the mechanic works on the engine and other stuff, I work on minor adjustments to suit my riding. According to me, only by having a healthy discussion is the only way to improve in this sport,” he explained.

The technical and mostly off-road course of Merzouga Rally makes it the perfect training ground for riders who have the ambition to compete in the Dakar

Achievements of Abdul Wahid Tanveer :

Tanveer made his international debut in 2017 and has been making steady progress.  Competing in the Enduro class, Abdul Wahid Tanveer won the PanAfrica Rally last year, and a few days ago, finished on top in the Merzouga rally at Morocco.

The Enduro class is generally viewed as ideal training ground for riders looking to make the jump to the tougher rally class.

According to the Sherco TVS Rally team rider, “the terrain was hard, with a lot of rocks.  Navigation was the key”.

Abdul Wahid Tanveer – Inspired by sibling :

Tanveer was inspired to take up riding by his elder brother.  After watching his brother  in action, he started riding in local events in his home town which is Mysuru.   By this he got to know that big teams select riders from National Events. So he rode a few National events and TVS selected him in 2014.

Team Manager, B.Selvaraj, TVS Racing is happy with Abdul Wahid Tanveer’s progress.  The rally win at Morocco has shown that Tanveer has come a long way. Tanveer uses an RTR 450 motorbike in rallies, will be competing in the Desert Storm Rally next month.

The Dakar Rally – Abdul Wahid Tanveer :

The Dakar Rally formerly known as the “Paris–Dakar Rally”) is an annual rally raid organized by the Amaury Sports Organization. Most events since the inception in 1978 were from Paris, France to Darkar, Senegal, but due to security threats in Mauritania,  which led to the cancellation of the 2008 rally, races since 2009 have been held in South Africa. 

The race is open to amateur and professional entries, amateurs typically making up about eighty percent of the participants.

The race is an off-road endurance event. The terrain that the competitors traverse is much tougher than that used in conventional rallying  and the vehicles used are true off-road vehicles rather than modified on-road vehicles.

Most of the competitive special sections are off-road, crossing dunes, mud, camel grass,  rocks, and erg among others. The distances of each stage covered vary from short distances up to 800–900  kms. (500–560 mi) per day.

History of Dakar rally :

The race originated in December 1977, a year after Thierry Sabine got lost in the Tenere desert whilst competing in the Abidjan-Nice rally and decided that the desert would be a good location for a regular rally.

182 vehicles took the start of the inaugural rally in Paris, with 74 surviving the 10,000-kilometre (6,200 mi) trip to the Senegalese capital of Dakar. Cyril Neveu holds the distinction of being the event’s first winner, riding a Yamaha motorcycle.

The event rapidly grew in popularity, with 216 vehicles taking the start in 1980 and 291 in 1981. Neveu won the event for a second time in 1980, Hubert Auriol taking honours in 1981 for BMW. By this stage, the rally had already begun to attract the participation of famous names from elsewhere in motorsport, such as Henri Pescarolo and Jack lckx.

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