N°20 Bike SHERCO FACTORY
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HARITH NOAH KOITHA VEETTIL

(ind) 1.77m / 70kg

Hobbies

Sports science, fitness, going to the beach

Sponsors

TVS, Sherco, Scott India, Camelbak India

2021: 20th
2020: Ab. Stage 3

2020: Rallye du Maroc (20th) / Andalucia Rally (23rd)
2019: Baja Spain
2018: Morocco Rally,
7 Indian Motocross titles, 3 Indian Supercross titles

Interview

“I’m the same guy I was before my 20th position”

It took him two editions to learn and adapt but 6 years after CS Santosh, Harith Noah became the second Indian rider to reach the finish of the world’s toughest rally. Not only did he achieve his dream he also managed the best ever performance for an Indian claiming an excellent 20th overall position. In the footsteps of pioneers Santosh CS and Aravind Prabhakar, the young man from Kerala, but born in Germany had a rather long journey before taking on rallies. It started on his sixteenth birthday when he was given a motorbike. A weekend later, he was racing and although he finished last of that first race, his passion grew. His first encounter with the Dakar came thanks to the video tapes his dad would bring back from his business trips all over the world. He was 5 years old then and far from imagining that he would be on the start line of the 2020 Dakar. Part of the Sherco TVS factory team, Noah’s first encounter with the race was a hard one. He was indeed forced to retire from the rally as soon as day 3 due to technical issues. But thanks to the new “Dakar Experience” that allows competitors to carry on while no longer being in the general classification, he was able to learn and gain experience. For his third attempt, the 28-year old will again be alongside his team mates Lorenzo Santolino and Rui Gonçalves with the simple goal to once again finish whatever his previous performance.

“I got my first bike in 2009 and on the next weekend I was racing in the paddy fields by my house in Kerala. I fell in love with it immediately. Two years later I became national supercross champion in the privateer class. My focus was really on supercross, not the Dakar and then TVS got involved. Concerning last year’s Dakar: at the end of the day I can only ride as well as I can. I was actually surprised I was 20th. I am the same guy I was before 20th position. This one result doesn’t mean it is always going to be like this. So many things can go wrong. There are always going to be problems. It’s about how you overcome them. 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 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 roadbooks similar to the 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.”

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SHERCO FACTORY

SHERCO FACTORY 450 SEF RALLY
SHERCO FACTORY

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  • 450 SEF RALLY
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