Hero create a motorcycle rally team

HMTR Bike - Speedbrain 450 Rally Web

The motorcycle manufacturer teams up with Speedbrain of Germany

Indian motorcycle manufacturer Hero MotoCorp and German off-road racing specialist Speedbrain GmbH have joined forces to create the Hero MotoSports Team Rally. This new racing team is comprised of riders C S Santosh and Joaquim Rodrigues, riding an upgraded version of the Speedbrain 450 rally bike, and will debut at the Merzouga Rally in Morocco from 21st May to 27th May.

The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will be under the direct supervision of Dr. Markus Braunsperger, Chief Technology Officer (CTO), Hero MotoCorp, and will work in close collaboration with his team at the Hero Centre of Innovation and Technology. The Hero MotoSports Team Rally will also assist in development and testing of new Hero vehicles concepts, using the data collected from the races.

Pawan Munjal, Chairman, MD and CEO, Hero MotoCorp said, “In the recent past, we have rapidly expanded our global footprint and also made significant investments in enhancing our R&D capabilities. Motorsport is a natural progression for us, as it will allow us to bring value-added products with top-of-the-line technology for our millions of customers. This initiative is also reflective of our consistent support to sports and sportspersons. I welcome Santosh and Joaquim on board and wish them all the very best.”

Wolfgang Fischer, Managing Director, Speedbrain GmbH, said, “After several successful years in the rally raid sport, collecting tons of experience and creating a very specialised, motivated and loyal race team and the conceptual skills on how to build an efficient and competitive bike, we are more than happy to form a new, strategic partnership with Hero MotoCorp, to realise our common vision for the future.”


Believes that happiness can be found mid-corner.

Anosh Khumbatta – who has written posts on Best Bikes in India | No.1 Two Wheeler Magazine | Bike India.

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