TVS Racing team's star challenger and international racing talent Harith Noah is all set to take part in the Dakar 2022 and is likely to be the only cross-country rider to represent India in the toughest cross country rally in the world, scheduled to be held in Saudi Arabia from January 1 to 14. Noah is currently training in Spain to fine-tune his navigation skills after training with Sherco star Michael Metge in France recently. He will be leaving for Jeddah about a week before in December last week.
Harith Noah, who finished his maiden Dakar in the Experience class in 2020, became the fourth rider from India to take part in Dakar. He excelled with a stunning effort in 2021 to become the first top-20 rider representing India. This year will be his third Dakar to be held in Saudi Arabia.
"I am in the best shape physically after over 6 months of training and riding at the beach in my hometown in Kerala post last Dakar. Since September, I have been here in Europe to focus more on roadbooks and navigation training. Two weeks ago, the team went to Morocco again as it is a good place to train with the long road books similar to the Dakar," said the five-time National champion in Supercross, who completed Rallye du Maroc, in October as a prep for Dakar.
"The bike is brand new and I will be riding a nimble, lighter machine that is easier to ride and much more comfortable in technical sections. Navigation is another area I am focusing on and the goal is to finish the rally,'' said the Sports Science graduate.