January 16, 2016
Finish line: ROSARIO (Argentina)
Special Stage: 180 km – Road connection: 519 km – Total: 699 km
There were 4 Polaris RZR 1000 XT +30 at the start, and there are 4 at the finish with the crown of champions in the T3 Light class for the crew MAXXIS Cinotto and Dominella and the entire podium of T3 Light! A fifth consecutive victory for the Xtremeplus team in the Dakar and 3 rookies at the finish line!
Total success for Xtremeplus. Not many teams can claim to hold the victory of this 38th edition of the Dakar, with 6 cars in the team, with Marco Piana in fast assistance and Yassir Saedan with navigator Sebastian Delunay in T2 (Toyota)… and all 6 crossed the finish line! BRAVO!
Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella N.385 – 45 overall and #1 T3 Light: “This was a beautiful race. The Polaris RZR MAXXIS is an extraordinary car! We had some issues, just like any other Dakar competitor. The Xtremeplus team is very professional and they have achieved an incredible work every night. This was my 4th participation in the Dakar and the first time I finish, so now I realize how long it is! We won the T3 Light class, I am very proud, and we really had fun doing it!”
Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394 – 55 overall and #2 T3 Light: “I am so happy! This was a dream I had for years: I wanted to be the first Chinese to finish the Dakar in T3 and I did it! And even more, I closed my participation with a 2nd place. This is wonderful! It was very difficult, and I feel so many emotions at the same time… it’s so hard to describe.”
Leandro Torres/Rolda Lourival N.367 – 57 Overall and #3 T3 Light: “I won my bet! Fourteen months ago, I set up my mind and told my family, that I was going to finish my first Dakar and I’ve done it! I am so happy that it is very difficult to explain. It is hard to focus every day. I don’t know what my next dream will be… maybe a second Dakar! For now, I want to enjoy this personal victory.”
Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 – 62 Overall and #4 T3 Light: “It is so great to be here in Rosario, at the podium! It was an incredible experience… besides the fun of driving, overcoming difficulties and challenges, it is the race that has given me the most emotions ever! I’ve never experienced anything like that. I’ve learned lots… It was difficult, very difficult, but it was definitely worth it!”
Congratulations to each crew and to the entire team that has made sure that everyone made it to the end of the Dakar 2016. Great job, guys!