French pilot, Frederic Henricy won the SSV Class at the 2017 Merzouga Rally this weekend – part of the 2017 Dakar Series. He was joined on the podium by fellow Frenchman and Polaris driver, Ronald Basso, who finished in third place.
Out of the 24 SXS vehicles competing in the SSV class, 15 were Polaris RZR’s – with Polaris drivers taking four out of the top five places.
It was a change for 2011 World Superbike Champion, Carlos Checa, from two wheels to four as he was at the event racing a Polaris in the SSV class and finished in 12th position.
Polaris were also winners of the Dakar Challenge in the SXS Category, with Eric Culus finishing in first place. Polaris driver, Lilian Vialle took third place meaning that there were two Polaris drivers on the podium.
Emmanuel Pean, Country Manager for Polaris France, said: “The Merzouga rally is growing fast and the SXS category is a great basis for those teams wanting to grow and qualify a team for the Dakar. We’ve had an extremely successful event – success we’d like to continue. A big well done to all of the competitors – these events are difficult – and it is testament to the fantastic drivers, as well as the Polaris RZR, that the result tables are packed with Polaris finishers.”
Miriam Torres, Marketing Manager at Polaris Spain and Portugal, said: “Merzouga is an important event – especially being part of the Dakar series – we love to see such success for Polaris at such challenging events. It’s great to see individuals taking part – such as Carlos Checa – as it shows how exciting and competitive the events are.”
Ten years ago, Polaris changed the off-road world forever with the launch of the RZR 800. At 50-inches wide, the vehicle was the first trail-capable side-by-side offering a low centre of gravity, unparalleled handling, ground-hugging performance and unmatched acceleration for a true sport experience. Now, the iconic Polaris RZR is the considered the ultimate combination of power, suspension, agility and comfort. Fueled by relentless innovation, the Polaris RZR range has been designed to dominate every type of off-road terrain. From trail and desert riding to duning, rock crawling and mudding – the RZR allows users to do it all.
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