Following the exit of Joaquim Rodrigues from Dakar 2023 in phase 4, it was ultimately some very good news as Ross Branch won stage 8 for Hero MotoSports Team Rally. Sebastian Buhler concluded the phase in 6th position even though Franco Caimi completed the stage in 16th position.

Just after Phase 7 was cancelled from the Dakar, Stage 8 was an 824 km very long journey from Al Duwadimi to Riyadh, of which 346 kms formed the exclusive section. Aligning with the advert-hoc marathon phase that was created by the race organisers, the competition put in the former evening at the Al Duwadimi bivouac, when the company crews camped 500 km away in Riyadh. The stage was difficult and challenging along with remaining speedy too, but not without its fair share of sand, stony tracks and dunes. Hero explained that the group experienced enjoyment on the phase, using as rapid as they could.

Ross Branch, Rider, Hero MotoSports Staff Rally, claimed, “It’s awesome to be listed here! We worked truly tough for it. It has been a tough 7 days, and I’m seriously happy to go into the relaxation day with a Stage Gain. This early morning I felt definitely superior, the bicycle was superb, and I decided to press as really hard as I could. It was a great phase, the navigation was high-quality, and I thoroughly appreciated it as I went all out and raced the full matter!  A massive thank you to the crew for all the astounding effort and hard work, and for not supplying up on me. It can be a pleased day, and with any luck , we will assemble some far more wins up coming week!”

(Sebastian Buhler finished stage 8 in 6th posture)

Franco Caimi has set in a regular functionality so significantly and at the moment occupies 15th place in the general standings. Sebastian Buhler and Ross Department follow him in the 18th and 20th positions respectively, in the overall Rally GP class rankings.