Challenging conditions await participants in Dakar Challenge

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Challenging conditions await participants in Dakar Challenge

New Delhi, Apr 4 (PTI) The second edition of the India Baja an international motorsports event, promoted by Northern Motorsports India, will be held in Jaisalmer from April 7-9.

The event this year will have the added attraction of being the third inclusion to the Dakar Challenge series, along with the Sonora Rally in South Africa and the Afriquia Merzouga Rally in Morocco.

India Baja 2017 will be the first motorsports event from the country to achieve this distinction.

This means an opportunity to the moto winner in the two-wheeler category will be granted a free-entry at the 2018 Dakar Rally, which will begin from Peru in January 2018. The moto winner will also get a free entry in the Afriquia Merzouga Rally in Morocco that will be held in May 2017 and is part of the Dakar Series of races.

Both the Dakar Challenge and Dakar Series races are meant to unearth fresh talent to compete in the ultimate off-road race on the planet – The Dakar Rally.

For the winning rider at the India Baja, the free entries in the two top-level global competitions translates into a prize worth in excess of Euro 20,000.

Rajasthan Tourism is partnering Northern Motorsports India for the smooth conduct of the India Baja 2017.

Raj Kapoor, Co-founder, Northern Motorsports said: “The 2017 edition of the India Baja has all the makings of an exciting motorsport event. We will see state-of-the-art competition machines fighting in the extreme heat and challenging terrain.

“India Baja will also pit India’s best riders against some most skillful riders in the world. All this makes for a compelling human interest story as the participants battle it out against the terrain and the conditions.”

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