THE DAKAR WAS A 5/5 FOR POLARIS XTREMEPLUS  LEANDRO TORRES AND LOURIVAL ROLDAN WINNERS OF THE SSV CATEGORY!

DAKAR 2017 Samedi, 14 janvier 2017. 12e étape : Rio Cuarto – Rio Cuarto Liaison : 722 km – Spéciale : 64 km -Total : 786 km

Cinq équipages au volant de Polaris RZR 1000XT+30 — dont trois Rookies — ont pris, à Asuncion, le départ du Dakar 2017 et les cinq sont à l’arrivée ! Bravo ! L’année dernière, Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team avait déjà emmené quatre Rookies à l’arrivée… Désormais, l’équipe Xtremeplus ne doit plus prouver que ses machines sont le tremplin idéal pour commencer une carrière sur quatre roues et prendre contact avec notre belle discipline des Rallyes Tout Terrain ! Cette année, ASO (organisateur du Dakar) a décidé d’intégrer une nouvelle catégorie : les SSV et, pour cette toute première fois, c’est l’équipage brésilien LEANDRO TORRES et LOURIVAL ROLDAN qui la remporte ! Une victoire qui restera dans les annales du Dakar ! « C’est mon deuxième Dakar, commente Leandro ému à l’arrivée. J’ai commencé en Rallye Tout-Terrain l’an dernier, au Merzouga, et maintenant je remporte la première édition de la catégorie SSV sur le Dakar, c’est incroyable ! Mon rêve s’est réalisé… C’était dur mais très différent de l’an dernier. J’ai été plus agressif et j’ai adoré les spéciales sur des terrains chaque jour différents : cailloux, sable mou, terre… mais les liaisons étaient vraiment très longues et difficiles à cause des températures tantôt frôlant les 50°C tantôt près de 5°C… »

L’équipage chinois Wang Fujiang et Li Wei n°386 se classent en deuxième position à seulement 4’42 de Torres/Roldan et remportent la catégorie « Rookie » en SSV ! « C’est extraordinaire, s’exclame le copilote, Li Wei, quelle expérience fantastique ! J’ai appris avec un maître de la navigation chinois Liyo qui termina 18e du Dakar. En deux ans, il m’a appris comment naviguer. Les premières étapes furent difficiles à cause des températures élevées, on a bien cru que nous n’allions jamais y arriver et nous avons roulé la deuxième spéciale de nuit. Nous n’avions jamais fait ça mais Marco a su nous remotiver. Ensuite, nous avons progressé chaque jour et nous terminons premiers Rookies ! Incroyable ! »

Le jeune Russe Ravil Maganov, navigué par Kirill Shubin, finit sur la troisième marche du podium. L’impétueux Russe a payé ses erreurs de jeunes loups en début de course. « Ce fut comme une guerre pour moi, raconte-t-il, surtout contre moi-même. Le RZR a très bien marché et j’ai trouvé la navigation facile sauf un ou deux jours. Physiquement, cela ne m’a pas paru très dur… »

Les 64 derniers kilomètres de spéciale de ce 39e Dakar étaient annoncés sans piège mais encore fallait-il rallier Rio Cuarto en temps et en heure pour prendre le départ. « Avant-hier, confie Sébastien Delaunay, nous avons cassé la boîte et l’avons changé sur la piste mais nous sommes arrivés vers 8h à San Juan et à Rio Cuarto à 4h30’ ce matin… » « J’adore le Dakar, » lance alors Mao Rujin qui s’est tout de même classé 4e pour son deuxième Dakar !

En cinquième position, nous retrouvons le deuxième équipage chinois Li Dongsheng/Quanqian Guan n°374. Quant à l’équipage français engagé sur l’Africa Race, Frédéric Pitout et Hervé Lavergne, ils terminent 18e au classement général avec le Polaris RZR 1000XT+30. Belle année 2017 à vous tous et à très bientôt pour de nouvelles aventures !

LEANDRO TORRES AND LOURIVAL ROLDAN LEADING THE SSV OVERALL STANDINGS!

DAKAR 2017

Thursday, January 12, 2017
Stage 10: Chilecito – San Juan
Liaison: 302 km – Special Stage: 449 km – Total: 751 km

After two complicated days, the race started again in Chilecito, all competitors and almost all assistance service were gathered again. The special stage of 449 km was not the easiest, and had bike trial-like zones between big rocks that made navigation even more demanding and heatwave temperatures accompanied competitors. In fact, after the cold weather and the rain in Bolivia, the five Xtremeplus Polaris Factory team crews are again facing temperatures above 40 Celsius degrees.

The Chinese crew of Wan Fujian/Li Wei # 386 arrived to San Juan as SSV stage winners, while the Russian Ravil Maganov arrived second. “We didn’t have any problems but navigation was difficult and I am very tired,” said the Russian at the bivouac this morning.

Leandro Torres is in great shape after spending the night in the motorhome with his family. “We broke the triangle at km 60, tells the Brazilian driver, but Marco (Piana) who is our fast service with his car, broke its turbo before joining us… so we waited for 2h30… then, after we changed it, we started again, but in the river, I had to take it three times to find the exit! We arrived to the bivouac at 1:30 am this morning, but I do not know whether I lost the lead of the overall standings or not.”

Li Dongsheng and Quanqian Guan #374 broke the front suspension and have not joined the bivouac this morning.

Mao Rujin and Sebastian Delaunay #342 faced some misfortunes and broke the gear, but the “San Bernards” (Marco Piana and Steven Grenier in the fast service assistance car) were behind and they were able to get to the bivouac after 8 am this morning.

The special stage San Juan – Rio Cuarto is composed of dune crossing at the beginning and then the WRC fast tracks of Cordoba.

Follow the crews on http://www.DAKAR.COM
Mao Rujin/Sébastien Delaunay #342:
Leandro Torres/Lourival Roldan #351:
Li Dongsheng/Quanqian Guan #374:
Maganov Ravil/Kirill Shubin #378:
Wang Fujiang/Li Wei #386:

THE RAIN BREAKS THE QUEBRADA DE HUAMAHUACA AND BLOCKS THE RACE IN TILCARA

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Stage 8: Uyuni (Bolivia) – Salta (Argentina) – Chilecito (Argentina)

Liaison: 400 km -Special stage: 492 km – Liaison: 330 km – Liaison: 675 km – Total: 1897 km

The special stage Oruro – La Paz was cancelled, and those of La Paz – Uyuni and Uyuni – Salta were shortened… We´d say that Pachamama (mother Earth) and makes the Dakar even more difficult. After the Marathon Stage, the Dakar is back in Argentina, but the water continues to fall and heavy rains caused a mud slide that took away part of a village and created a mud lake on the road, 23 km from Tilcara. So, the entire Dakar, assistance cars and competitors, were blocked in Tilcara, a small touristy village. After some hours, the organization allowed to continue the way to the next bivouac through Pumamarca to San Antonio de Los Cobres and then Salta, part of the Service cars (4×4 and 6×6) but competitors not their motorhomes nor other vehicles without 2 or 4wd… Then, they authorized assistance to take place and competitors slept in Tilcara for safety reasons.

The Dakar then was divided in two, but the special stage “super Belen” from Salta to Chilecito was cancelled and everyone is joining Chilecito by the road.

Arrived at 11 pm, the crews arrived to the improvised bivouac that Xtremeplus put in Tilcara. The first to arrive was Ravil Maganov #378: _“Today, it was only rain, stones and mud! Says Ravil. But everything Works well for us in this marathon stage.!”_

Second to arrive to Tilcara were the Brazilian team composed of Leandro Torres and Lourival Roldan #351 are happy to get to their motorhome. _“I had 2h30 time ahead of Mao, but at the parc fermé in Uyuni, I threw my camel bag to my brother over the fence and a steward saw me and I took a one-hour penalty. Well, I am still 1h30 ahead!”_

Mao Rujin and Sebastien Delaunay had some engine troubles in high altitude, while the other two Chinese teams arrived without difficulties.

Follow the crews on http://www.DAKAR.COM

Mao Rujin/Sébastien Delaunay #342:

Leandro Torres/Lourival Roldan #351:

Li Dongsheng/Quanqian Guan #374:

Maganov Ravil/Kirill Shubin #378:

Wang Fujiang/Li Wei #386:

THE ENTIRE XTREMEPLUS POLARIS TEAM MAKES IT TO UYUNI!

DAKAR 2017

Monday, January 9, 2017
Stage 7: La Paz – Uyuni (Bolivia)
Liaison: 400 km – Special stage: 161 km – Liaison: 240 km – Total: 801 km

After the rest day, the race heads toward the South for the marathon stage, without service assistance at Uyuni. So, competitors had to be prudent today and make sure that they would not damage the material they will use again for another full special stage to get to Salta tomorrow, where the mechanic of the Team Xtremeplus will be waiting for them.

The rains continue to hit the zone and the stage was once again shortened. Navigation was complicated and even harder in the dunes at 3750 meters above sea level, with lots of vegetation that hid the tracks.

In the SSV, Ravil Maganov was the fastest of the Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team in front of Li Dongsheg, Mao Rujin, Wang Fujiang and Leandro Torres.

Follow the crews on WWW.DAKAR.COM
Mao Rujin/Sébastien Delaunay #342 :
Leandro Torres/Lourival Roldan #351:
Li Dongsheng/Quanqian Guan #374 :
Maganov Ravil/Kirill Shubin #378:
Wang Fujiang/Li Wei #386 :

XTREMEPLUS POLARIS FACTORY TEAM COMPLETES THE DAKAR’S FIRST WEEK ON A POSITIVE NOTE!

DAKAR 2017

Sunday, January 8, 2017
La Paz – Rest Day

It seems that the only team capable of preparing machines to complete the Dakar is the Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team! After a very difficult week, the only SSV that are still in the race are the five Polaris RZR 1000XT+30, a mid-race assessment of which Marco Piana can be pleased:

“In fact, I am satisfied of this first week. Compared with the rest of competitors in the SSV category, all our vehicles made it to La Paz! And I highlight that they’ve completed every stage, even if it was difficult in navigation and managing the high temperatures. So, the assessment is very positive, and we even have three new drivers!

The three Chinese teams have a mentality and strategy that targets preserving the RZR because, according their racing experience in China, you could break something at any time. With this said, it is a relief because they do not go extremely fast, and they do not break the RZR much. The fastest is the Russian driver Ravil Maganov, and he paid this quite quickly in the first special stage, and now he is in the forth place. Regarding the Brazilian crew of Torres/Roldan, they profit of their experience of the last Dakar and are assuring their race.”

This first week was very difficult due to the number of kilometers, type of soils, high temperatures in Argentina, awful weather conditions in Bolivia, plus the altitude. The stage Oruro-LaPaz was cancelled because of the amount of water fallen in the area… But the second part of the Dakar will not be easy.

Tomorrow, Monday, January 9, the crews take the start of a marathon stage, without service assistance, shortened due to the rain in Uyuni.  “Now, continues Marco Piana, Xtremeplus Team Director, they have to manage their race. The difficulties will be the same: tiredness, altitude, heat… and staying focused. The machines have been prepared and revised during the rest day, which is only for the drivers. Our mechanics worked since early in the morning. If our crews stay focused, they will all be at the finish line in Buenos Aires!”

THE 5 POLARIS RZR 1000XT+ MADE IT TO BOLIVIA!

DAKAR 2017

Thursday, January 5, 2016
Stage 4: San Salvador de Jujuy – Tupiza (Bolivia)
Liaison: 105 km – Special stage: 416 km – Total: 521 km
A fourth stage that was difficult, with a dune passage at 4,000 meters above sea level in Bolivian soil, but the five RZR of the Xtremeplus Team made it to the bivouac at Tupiza in Bolivia, without facing major problems.
Everyone crossed the sand without any issues, only crew #386, Wan Fujian/Li Wei, had three punctures caused by not inflating their tires after the dunes. At the finish line, Mao Rujin, Leandro Torres, Ravil Maganov and Li Dongshen arrived happy about their day.

The Dakar continues its journey through the Altiplano (a plateau in the Andes Mountain located at 3,500-4,000 meters above sea level) and will arrive to Oruro before the rest day at La Paz, Bolivia´s capital city.

Follow the crews on WWW.DAKAR.COM
Mao Rujin/Sébastien Delaunay #342 :
Leandro Torres/Lourival Roldan #351:
Li Dongsheng/Quanqian Guan #374 :
Maganov Ravil/Kirill Shubin #378:
Wang Fujiang/Li Wei #386 :

STAGE WIN FOR THE BRAZILIAN CREW TORRES/ROLDAN, RUJIN/DELAUNAY KEEP THE LEAD OVERALL IN SSV!

DAKAR 2017

Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Liaison 416 km – Special stage: 364 km – Total: 780 km
Marc Coma, sports director of the Dakar, was absolutely right: This Dakar’s edition is very difficult and doesn´t have anything of a nice and easy drive. For this third stage, divided in two sectors separated by a neutralized section of 124 km, the Xtremeplus’ crews saw everything: high temperatures, fesh fesh, mud and hail at 5,000 meters above sea level! And this time again, it is the “oldest”, Leandro Torres and Mao Rujin, both Dakar 2016 finishers, take the lead in the game.
Mao Rujin, navigated by Sebastian Delaunay with #342, is the first of the bunch to arrive to the bivouac in San Salvador de Jujuy, glad that he managed the stage with the brains. Same scenario for Leandro Torres and Lourival Roldan in #351, had a smooth timed section and collected the stage win with the SSV 6’42 ahead of Mao Rujin, who keeps the overall lead on his Brazilian rival.
Ravil Maganov and Kirill Shubin #378, winners of stage 1, had another difficult day and after a puncture and breaking the power steering, they arrived with the Xtremeplus truck at 3 am, exhausted.
The Chinese team of Li Dong/Quanqian Guan in #374 suffered in the special stage, but did not face any monumental problems, which was not the case for #386 of Wang Fujian/Li Wei, which was rear ended by a truck. The scare was bigger than the damage, which consisted on plastic, broken pieces, an accelerator cable that had to be repaired.
After stage 3, only six out of the eight SSV that took the start of the Dakar 2007 continue in the race. Five of them are the Polaris RZR 1000XT+30!!
This morning, Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team’s mechanics were still at work… Stage 4 arrives to Tupiza in Bolivia.
Follow Xtremeplur Polaris Factory team on www.dakar.com
Mao Rujin/Sebastien Delaunay #342:
Leandro Torres/Lourival Roldan #351:
Li Dongsheng/ Quanqian Guan 3374:
Maganov Ravil/Kirill Shubin #378:
Wang Fujiang/Li Wei #386:

THE HEAT WAVE COMPLICATES THE GAME!

DAKAR 2017

Tuesday, January 3, 2017

 

 

Stage 2: Resistencia – San Miguel de Tucuman

Liaison: 528 km – Special stage: 275 km – Total: 803 km

Maybe it was a little less humid than yesterday, but once again, the heat takes over in the description of the day… It was a difficult racing day for vehicles and competitors that had to cross mud and fesh fesh with holes, and all of it in fast tracks.

The most important issue of the day was “how to manage the high temperatures” but it seems a simple thing to keep in mind then it is more than 45 degrees Celsius. Almost all Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team had temperature related issues, and it is Mao Rujin who is doing better and arrives first to the Tucuman’s bivouac. “We managed and did what it takes!” Explains Sebastien Delaunay as he arrives to the bivouac. “The especial stage was not so difficult but the temperatures made it everything much more difficult. We saw all team members just stopped: Leandro Torres went too fast through a mud pool and was cleaning his radiator because the fesh fesh and the water makes like cement! Ravil Magarov’s gear box was hot, while Wan and Li waited for Marco.”

In spite of these misadventures, the five crews completed the stage and made it to the bivouac, and the team changed Maganov´s gear box during the night. This morning, in the stage San Miguel de Tucumán – San Salvador de Jujuy, the five Polaris RZR 1000TX+30 took the stage as if they were new!

FIRST STAGE VICTORY FOR RAVIL MAGANOV AND XTREMEPLUS POLARIS FACTORY TEAM!

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Monday, January 2, 2017
 
Stage 1: Asuncion (Paraguay) – Resistencia (Argentina)
Liaison: 415 km – Special stage: 39 km – Total: 454 km
 
Yesterday evening, the five crews of Xtremeplus Polaris and the Toyota fast assistance driven by Marco Piana, went through the starting podium and felt the enthusiasm of Paraguayans that witness the Dakar in their soil for the very first time!

Monday morning, the Dakar takes off and competitors get out to race the first special stage of the 39th version of the hardest race in the world. This selective section was short, but intense with technical tracks that were even a bit like trial. At the end of it, the Young Russian Ravil Maganov (#378 XT+), navigated by Kirill Shubin, takes the stage victory in the SSV category, 30 seconds in front of Vidal Cachafeiro and Santiago Navarro. Brazilian driver Leandro Torres and his friend Lourival Roldan #351 take the 4th place, but in the liaison, Leandro was affected by the heat wave that hit the Chaco region with more than 40 degrees with high humidity.

After them, Li Dognshend and Quanqian Guan #374 arrived in the 5th position while Mao Rujin and Sebastien Delaunay #342 and the other Chinese XT+ crew composed by Wan Fujiang/Li Wei #386 took the 7th and 8th position, respectively.

Small correction: There are no 10 SSV on the Dakar 2017, but only 8. The two Coronel drivers, Tim and Tom, have buggies of more than 1,000 cc. This mistake will be corrected by ASO in the standings.

Tuesday, January 3 will be the begin of serious Racing with a stage of 800 km, which include a timed section of 275 km prior to arrive to San Miguel de Tucuman.

XTREMEPLUS POLARIS FACTORY TEAM CHASES THE VICTORY IN THE DAKAR’S NEW SSV CATEGORY!

DAKAR 2017

Sunday, January 1, 2017
Administrative check: Conmebol (Asuncion, Paraguay)
Technical check: Base Arena Nu Iguazu (Asuncion, Paraguay)
Briefing: Teatro Municipal (Asuncion, Paraguay)
Starting podium: Costanera, Litoral del Palacio de Gobierno (Asuncion, Paraguay)

“This will be a very difficult Dakar, the hardest since we have been in South America,” says Mac Coma, five times bike winner and now Sports Director of the Dakar rally. You may think the skies heard him as heavy storms and high temperatures (36 Celcius degrees, but it feels like 46) hit competitors arriving from winter in Europe. After completing the administrative and technical checks, and celebrated the New Year, the five crews of Polaris Xtremeplus met on Sunday at 3 pm, for the competitor’s briefing and then at the starting podium in Asuncion for the official start of the Dakar 2017.

These year, Amaury Sports Organisation (ASO) launched a new challenge and opens a fifth category for the SSV of all factories (10 taking the race start this year) that the Xtremeplus Polaris Team has won for the past five years, and now targets another victory.  “It is great news that ASO took our category into consideration because, to me, it has a great future. In fact, this is a category that allows beginners to get into the race for a reasonable price, and it offers the same benefit to bike riders that would like to make their transition to 4 wheels. We have proved that we can finish the race with Polaris, and even be placed well in the standings with our small buggy, Willy Alcaraz was 40th overall last year! It is not a fast vehicle, so it doesn’t scare beginners, but it’s fun, it allows to go through every terrain and it is reliable,” says Marco Piana.

This is the 39th version of the Dakar and the Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team brings no less than 5 vehicles, which is half of the plateau on the SSV category, and three nationalities: 3 Chinese, 1 Brazilian and 1 Russian!

The race program for the Dakar 2017 includes 12 stages, half of these over 3,000 meters above sea level, and 9,000 kilometers’ total. Seven of the stages will be longer than 400 km and the landscapes that competitors will cross include from the tropical forest to the Bolivian Altiplano before heading to the dry desert of Northwest Argentina.

Tomorrow, competitors will cover the first 454 km to reach Resistencia in Argentina. The first special stage of the race will take place in Paraguay, with a timed section of 39 kilometers.

Follow the XT+ Polaris crews!
Mao Rujin / Sebastian Delaunay #342
Leandro Torres / Lourival Roldan #351
Li Dongsheng / Quanqian Guan # 374
Maganov Ravil / Kirill Shubin #378
Wang Fujiang / Li Wei #386