2019 Silk Way Rally: Oriol Mena takes Hero MotoSports' first international stage win with victory on Stage 6
The sixth stage of the 2019 Silk Way Rally ended up being a very good stage for Indian motorsport outfit Hero MotoSport Team Rally. The stage, which was held over a distance of 411km in Mongolia was tricky, though. There was rain, a thunderstorm, and searing heat to deal with, which was a challenge for riders. But Hero rider, Oriol Mena, overcame all the obstacles thrown his way, and emerged victorious. The stage win also meant that he broke into the top 3 in the overall rankings, and is currently ranked second.
Oriol Mena is currently ranked second overall after six stages in the 2019 Silk Way Rally
Unfortunately, the team's other rider, Paulo Goncalves did not have quite so good a day, retiring from the stage with a technical issue.
"I am super happy to win the first ever stage today for Hero MotoSports Team Rally. Now I am in the second position in the overall rankings, which is amazing. I am keeping my fingers crossed and my focus on maintaining the same performance for the last 3 stages as well," said Mena of his performance.
A technical issue forced Paulo Goncalves into retirement during the sixth stage of the 2019 Silk Way Rally
In the meanwhile, Goncalves said, "Well, not a good end to my Mongolian stage as I could not finish today's stage due to a mechanical issue with my bike. But these kind of things happen in rally so it's ok and I am looking ahead now to the 3 days to race in China. I will try to make the best of the remaining stages in China and make a good finish for the team."
The team is now working hard to repair Paulo's motorcycle to get him back in the rally for the last three stages that will be held in China.
Provisional Rankings of the Stage 6
1. Oriol Mena, Hero MotoSports, 04h 28m 32s
2. Adam Tomiczek, Orlen Racing, +16s
3. Joan Barreda, Monster Energy Honda, +03m 03s
4. Sam Sunderland, RedBull KTM, +04m 52s
5. Laia Sanz, RedBull KTM, +05m 09s
DNF Paulo Goncalves, Hero MotoSports
Overall Rankings at the end of the Stage 6
1. Sam Sunderland, RedBull KTM, 15h 02m 50s
2. Oriol Mena, Hero MotoSports, +21m 10s
3. Luciano Benavides, RedBull KTM, +23m 17s
4. Andrew Short, Rockstar Energy Husqvarna, +26m 59s
5. Franco Caimi, Yamaha Rally Team, +30m 19s
Paulo Goncalves, Hero MotoSports, Information awaited