K.P. Aravind sets sights on Dakar 2020

Aravind, who represents the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team, finished a creditable 37th at the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru.

India’s K.P. Aravind finished a creditable 37th at the 2019 Dakar Rally.   -  special arrangement

India’s K.P. Aravind finished a creditable 37th at the 2019 Dakar Rally in Peru. The 33-year-old from Karnataka thus became the second Indian to complete the gruelling off-road event, after C.S. Santosh. Aravind, who represents the Sherco TVS Rally Factory Team, had competed in the Dakar twice before but had crashed out on both occasions.

Commenting on his achievement, Aravind said, “The feeling of finishing Dakar is sinking in slowly as I have been dreaming and waiting for this moment for three years now.

"It’s difficult to express my feelings at the moment but I am overjoyed to be at the finish line. With multiple injuries in the run-up to Dakar, I always knew I had to push myself beyond the comfort zone to finish the rally. The route this year was extremely challenging but I was ready to fight it out and finish one stage at a time."

Aravind added, “Dakar 2020 is now on my mind and I am already planning my training for the rally as I understand the areas I need to improve.

"I hope to remain injury free through the year and that will allow me to better my performance from this year. I am hungry for more success at Dakar and that will keep me motivated to train hard for the best results.”