Dakar rider from TVS Factory Racing Team, Harith Noah, completed the grueling seven days of TransAnatolia Rally and came out in flying colours winning in the B1 class (bikes under 450cc), to pep-up his preparation for the Dakar Rally 2024. The 2,350-km rally was held from September 2 to 9 and the prize distribution concluded on Sunday.
“It is nice to be on the top of the podium again. I am very happy as this is the first time I am winning an international rally-raid event,” said the RedBull athlete from Turkey. This year with 122 competitors (all categories) and 83 vehicles from 13 countries, including professional factory teams from Italy, Spain, Portugal, France, Netherlands, Iran, India and England.
Harith Noah, the 30-year Shoranur talent is the veteran of four Dakar rallies and chose TransAnatolia as preparation for the Dakar 2024 and put his Sherco TVS 450RTR on top in the B1 Motorcycles class for the single cylinder bikes of 450cc. Representing India, Harith Noah created history becoming the fastest
rider at the almighty Dakar Rally, finishing in the top-20 in his second attempt in 2021.
The TransAnatolia race started at Samsun and finished at Imzir after seven days of tough action that saw many ups and downs. With the incessant rhythm of his navigational notes of very precise Road Books, Harith Noah conquered the rally-raid, finishing fourth overall clocking a cumulative time of 17 hours, 09
minutes and 55seconds and winning his class with confidence.
“Coming back from a wrist surgery, the goal was to finish and learn as much as possible as it was a rally raid with navigation. I was riding this bike for the first time with a new suspension setup the team has worked on. Overall, I was confident on the bike and the stages went well. I will be going to Morocco to
test this bike again in the desert,” said Harith Noah, from TVS Racing, who was also supported by Stanley Tools.
On Day 5, he was 6th overall despite facing some technical problems but completed the two Special Stages and a Super Special on the Turkey Motocross GP circuit. Earlier, on Day 4, Noah had some drama in store. The small 25-km SS7 taught him some lessons. “If you ain’t focused you will lose. Yes, I lost a lot of time searching for the correct way. But in SS8 I pushed hard to make-up some time which I did,” he said. After starting on Day 1 with a lot of rain, Hairth Noah opened Stage 2, as stage 1 was cancelled. Day 2 and 3, he made some mistakes but recovered with grit and determination to stay in the hunt for the
podium. “The new suspension on the bike is really good. Blessed to be here doing what I love,” said the five-time Indian Supercross champion from Turkey after Day 1.
The Dakar 2024, the fifth edition at Saudi Arabia will be from January 5 to 19, 2024.