The 2017 India Baja, which will be conducted between April 7 and April 9, has been granted Dakar Challenge status by Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the organisers of the rally. The winner of the India Baja will get free entry into the Dakar Rally, along with the Merzouga Rally in Morocco.
Organised by Northern Motorsports, this is going to be the second edition of the India Baja, and will see the participation of over 70 competitors. The event focuses on testing participants’ riding skills and endurance along with vehicle preparation and strategy. Spread over three days, the event will be conducted in the Thar desert and on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, covering over 430km. The Indian Baja will also be seeing some renowned names at the event this year including CS Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues from the Hero Motorsports as well as Aravind KP and Adrien Metge from TVS Racing.
The India Baja was established to provide a platform for Indians to showcase their prowess in cross-country rallying. Now, with the affiliation with ASO, we can expect a jump in the international exposure and opportunities for the local talent.