Image gallery: 2016 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm Leg 1-3

Team OD Updated: April 13, 2016, 01:15 PM IST

The 2016 Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm has just ended with Suresh Rana (co-driver Ashwin Naik) and CS Santosh  emerging as the respective winners of the Xtreme and Moto categories. The rally hosted a total of six legs that took participants and us around Rajasthan through the more scenic route. However, most of these routes barely had any roads to follow. The first three legs had six competitive stages including one night stage. Here's what happened during these legs in images.

Leg 1: Hanumangarh - Bikaner

This leg consisted of two competitive stages, which measured 58.23km and 23.81km.

_MG_2214CS Santosh didn't seem to have a very large lead by the end of the first leg. However after that, it was impossible for his rivals to catch up with him

_MG_2420TVS Racing's R Nataraj had a good start with a second place finish, two minutes behind Santosh

The slower motorcycles, would start bunching together half way through the stagesThe slower competitors would start bunching up together half way through the stages, making for an interesting run for the finish

Despite his best efforts, Suresh Rana couldn't quite get ahead of Aabhishek Mishra (co-driver PV Srinivas Murthy) in Leg 1Despite his best efforts, Suresh Rana couldn't quite get ahead of Aabhishek Mishra (co-driver PV Srinivas Murthy) in Leg 1

_MG_3723 2Overtaking during a stage can be quite risky with all the dust reducing visibility to barely a few feet

Leg 2: Bikaner

The second leg of the 2016 Desert Storm held just one Special Stage. However, this was the longest stage in the rally with a total length of 185.94km.

_MG_4017This Gypsy, which was driven by Rajiv Sally, was the only one with a coilover suspension system. This of course, meant that it was more stable through the rougher sections of the stage

_MG_4324After the second leg, CS Santosh had managed to increase his lead from just over two minutes in Leg 1 to around 22 minutes

_MG_4400Aravind KP meanwhile, made his jump to second, 2 minutes ahead of Jes David

_MG_4424After a slow Leg 2, R Nataraj was pushed to fourth place

Leg 3: Bikaner - Jaisalmer

This leg held the first night stage in the rally which flagged off at 3.30am. It also held two other competitive day stages measuring 64.74km and 50.71km.

IMG_8259The night stages were obviously quite tricky. One small error from the navigator, and you could lose a lot of time trying to find the right track

_MG_4543Although Rana was still in second, he was clearly catching up with Aabhishek Mishra

_MG_5069The first day stage in Leg 3 was faster than the pervious stages, thanks to the harder surfaces that allowed for more speed

_MG_5382Santosh seemed to be getting faster day by day. By the end of Leg 3, his lead had increased to 30 minutes

Images: Ishaan Bhataiya


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