The India Baja 2017 from 7-9 April 2017 in Rajasthan,was a Dakar Challenge event and the winner of the event Tanveer Abdul of Team Tvs got free entry into the Merzouga Rally in Morocco, as well as the big one – the Dakar Rally. The Dakar Challenge along with the Dakar Series serve as feeder races to the Dakar Rally, considered the toughest rally in the world. In its second year edition, the India Baja 2017 got Dakar Challenge status, thanks to a partnership between the organisers, Northern Motorsport and the Amaury Sport Organisation (ASO), the promoters of the legendary Dakar Rally.
Over 70 competitors, including top riders – Joaquim Rodrigues from the Hero Motorsports Team as well as Aravind KP and Adrien Metge from TVS Racing, participated in the 2017 India Baja. The event ran in the Thar desert, on the outskirts of Jaisalmer, Rajasthan, which has some of the biggest dunes in the country. With a competitive distance of 430 km spread out over three days, and demanding conditions in the desert with temperatures reaching as high as 40° Celsius.
"It is a matter of great pride and honour for Northern Motorsport to be associated with ASO, a pioneer in organising premium global sporting events including the Dakar rally, the numero uno in cross-country rallying in the world. We look forward to leveraging their experience and expertise to take motorsports to new heights in the country. Our dream of firmly establishing India on the global motorsport map takes a huge step forward with this association" said Raj Kapoor, Founder, Northern Motorsport.