Desert Storm ’16

Way back in 2003, Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm put its first step into the undulating dunes of Thar Desert in Rajasthan.

Desert Storm continues to be the longest cross country rally in India and the toughest in the desert as competitors battle extreme weather conditions, navigation takes a key role owing to the terrain. The 7 day long rally covers picturesque untouched dunes  & dhanis (traditional villages of Rajasthan).

Maruti Suzuki Desert Storm is organized by country’s premier motorsport club, Northern Motorsport who are also behind the famous Maruti Suzuki Autocross and the India Baja (qualifier to Dakar 2018). The team leaves no stone unturned to make Desert Storm an unforgettable experience. The tracks are prepared months in advance after rigorous rounds of recce. The location of stages combined with the format of race, makes it a treat to watch. Desert Storm has unmatched patronage in the country and has produced some excellent rallyists over the years.  Each year it sees over 100 participants from Indian Army, Maruti Team, and many from all across the country congregate to take part in the battleground of desert. Since its inception Desert Storm has been an event to look for as the rally traverses from Bikaner, Jodhpur, Jaiselmer for over 2000 km in a period of 7 days.

 The Desert Storm 2016’s night stages up’ed the ‘insanity’ quotient. After maintaining 7th/8th position during the first 3 days, a fall that led to a shoulder separation injury put a bit of brakes on my progress. Two days of riding with a separated shoulder saw me finish my first ever desert rally in a 10th overall position in moto/quads. Crucial experience gained, we looked for a higher finish in 2017.