- Xtremeplus finishes its 15th Dakar Rally
- Double podium finish at the first round of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas
The most iconic and challenging race in the world – the Dakar Rally – came to an end in Saudi Arabia last month. Represented by six international crews behind the steering wheel of the new Polaris RZR Pro R, this year marked Xtremeplus’ 11th year attending the Dakar Rally with the Polaris RZR. A team well versed in the hardships of what Dakar can throw at competitors, four crews successfully made it to the finish podium and have proudly taken home their finishers medal after 8,595 kilometres and 14 days of extreme riding.
“In the 25 editions of Dakar that I have personally taken part in, this really was the toughest of them all”, said Team Manager, Marco Piana. “The length of the stages and the road sections, combined with the bad weather conditions, made it very hard, but definitely very memorable with incredible, unfaltering teamwork and support.
“This was our first year with the RZR Pro R and it’s certainly proven its potential and reliability. This year’s Dakar route pushed all the vehicles to the max, and the fact that we had four vehicles reach the finish line in Damman really proves a lot – especially as we didn’t have a lot of time before the race for extensive testing.”
The Xtremeplus team is now competing in the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Bajas, with a spectacular double podium in the first round in Saudi Arabia this month.
Jeremie Warnia and Loic Minaudier took the second spot on the T4 podium with just one minute separating them from the winner, whilst duo Michele Cinotto and Maurizio Dominella joined them on the podium in third position. The final Xtremeplus team, Luis Genderson and Juan Carlos Carignani finished in seventh.
“This double podium is a big win for us as a team. it’s a great feeling to start this year already with great success alongside the RZR Pro R – I am really looking forward to future races and seeing it fulfil its potential.”
Next stop for Xtremeplus: Qatar International Baja in the Middle East, March 16-18.
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