Atacama 2018

There is a new challenge in the world’s driest desert, and it's the Atacama Rally 2018, a part of our Road to Dakar. What waits for our Heroes, Oriol Mena and Joaquim Rodrigues ahead is a unique, exciting and challenging rally mixing different sectors between mountains, valleys and coast.

The challenge goes over 1200 kilometres of special stages where the best riders in the world, amateur and new riders alike of the Cross Country world, starting 13th of August.

This year, the race will be run exclusively within the Atacama Region, based in the city of Copiapó. With five loops and just one bivouac, logistics are planned with ease for competitors and assistance teams.

Day 2: Hero MotoSports Team Rally make gains in the second stage

Stage 2 of the Atacama rally was shortened by 73 km due to poor visibility early in the day posing a threat to the riders' safety. Both Oriol Mena and JRod played it cool and made steady progress through the tricky stage, finishing strongly in 13th and 14th places respectively.

Day 1: A steady start for Hero MotoSports Team Rally

Stage 1 of Atacama Rally finished on a solid note for Hero MotoSports Team Rally with both the riders running a steady pace on the opening day. Returning from a 6 month break due to injury, JRod played it steady and cautious while Oriol Mena focused on not taking unnecessary risks in the early stages.

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