Buenos Aires, January 1, 2016
Technical and administrative scrutineering: Tecnopolis (Buenos Aires)
Times goes by fast. After a complete season of the world championship with Polaris RZR 1000 XT+30, here is the Xtremeplus Team ready for a new challenge, a new Dakar!
After the route through Peru was cancelled, the Dakar starts in Buenos Aires once again, to go north, cross the Andes Mountains and the frontier to meet Bolivia’s mythical Salar Uyuni before going back south to Salta, for the rest day. The first week will be difficult, because it is very hot and humid in Argentina at the moment, and the Bolivian trail takes competitors up to 4,000 meters of altitude. The second part of this year´s race will also be demanding, with considerable altitude, the heat and also the risk of rain. If you want to take the Dakar trophy home, you must have a good vehicle, a good physical condition and the strongest mind.
Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival N.367: “Todays is the big day, we are finally at the Dakar! I think the race will be difficult, but I am calm, less nervous than I was at Merzouga. If you race against the clock, you feel more pressure, but I am taking the start to cross the finish line. I know I must find a good pace and that I must race with my head because every journey will be long. Besides, I have an experienced co-driver that has already done it 8 times and completed the Dakar 5 times. That comforts me; he will be able to help me all along the way of this Dakar!”
Michelle Cinotto/Mauricio Dominella N. 389: “It is my 4th Dakar in car, but my very first with RZR. I did the Rally of Tunisia with the Polaris RZR 900 XT+40, but this time I am going with the 1000XT+30 to get the victory in T3. When Marco Piana called me to take part of this Dakar, I jumped into this opportunity and I am very happy with it. We will have to use the correct dose of speed and respect the mechanical of the machine because it will be a long race, but we have the best team of this class, the best professionals!”
Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371: “It´s a dream that becomes true and I am so touched! All of my life I have dreamed of the Dakar and here I am! My dad raced on a truck in 1992, and I was 7 years old, I was as tall as the tires. My 7 years old son will come to see me in Salta… This Dakar is my first, but it also has a special meaning to me.”
Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394: “To take part of the Dakar, you must have three things: good physical condition, money and time! – says Mao Rujin as he smiles. I have always loved to watch motorsports, but I had never had the time because of work. Today, I am 60 years old; I have time, money and a body that allows me to take part of the Dakar! To me, this is to make a dream come true and I will make it happen, I want to cross the finish line!
It is a new challenge, but I am in a great team, Xtremeplus. In China, everyone knows that Marco Piana is the subject matter expert in T3 and that the Polaris RZR 1000 XT+30 is the best machine. We met in Beijing, and we had a good feeling right away. Today, I am here in Buenos Aires, at the start of this legendary race, the Dakar, with a co-driver, Ka Chun Yu, who comes from Hong Kong and he is an excellent mechanic! All I want is to take the start!”
Marco Piana: “This is the 5th Dakar of Xtremeplus with Polaris RZR and my 15th… I am a little disappointed that the race will not go through Peru because the dunes could have been in our advantage. The current tracks are not really made for our machines, but it will be a beautiful race.
We have made some modifications in our RZR to make it more comfortable for the teams, for example, they now have a windshield.
To assist our RZR, we have a different organization and besides the T4 truck, I will be in a 4×4 Toyota with Steven Griener as a co-driver to be closer to our customers and reinsure them. We have three rookie teams and one experimented crew, Cinotto and Dominella, who replaces Willy. In general, we have had a high success level throughout the years, so I am confident to see them all at the finish line.”