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Press Release 02_2019

Pisco (Peru) – Just over 80 km of special with medium-height dunes and passages between oued began the 41st edition of the Dakar rally that kicked off this morning, January 7th, from the capital Lima to reach Pisco, a town facing on the Pacific Ocean. A stage of 331 km total  (247 of liason) that allowed competitors to enter into the heart of the most famous motoring adventure in the world that this year takes place entirely in the territory of Peru with 10 stages and 5 thousand km (3 thousand of SS).

With the official colors of CST Tires, the French Eric Abel and Christian Manez (#341) have crossed the milestone of the first special of Dakar 2019 with a time of 1h20’09 »:  » It was a fun workout in view of the stages more challenging that will start in the coming days – explains Christian Manez – In the 84 km of this first special we faced dunes of medium height, oued with sand and stony bottom and finally a cord of dunes that led us up to the finish line ».

After winning second place at last year’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Polish driver Maciej Domzala, sailed by fellow countryman Rafal Marton, brought the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo    #376 at the end of this special race by taking a time of 1h39’29 ». For Maciej, today’s special stage was a good test to become familiar with Polaris.

The debut in the Dakar of the Mexican Santiago Garcia Creel, sailed by the Polish Szymon Gospodarczyk, saw the Polaris RZR #362 pilot win the second best time for the French team of Gorrevod with 1h34’02 »: “I had a lot of fun riding sand and this special was a good test to start the Dakar – comments Santiago – The dunes of today have not been difficult but surely from tomorrow the games will get tougher « .

Good test finally for the French crew #359 composed by Ronald Basso and Julien Menard who concluded the SS in 1h37’18 », late at the finish line because of a puncture that unfortunately made him lose about ten minutes.

Just over 1h54′ of time for Marco Piana, sailed by the Swiss Steven Griener, to finish the 84 km of today’s special stage, always remaining available as a quick assistance for the 4 Polaris RZR.

For tomorrow, January 8, the path of the Dakar 2019 provides 211 km of liason and 342 of special: the crews will leave from Pisco to reach San Juan de Marcona. Starting first among the ranks of Xtreme + will be Abel/Manez at 6:40 followed by Creel/Gospodarczyk at 6:56 and by Basso/Menard at 6:58. To conclude the order of departure of the French team, Domzala (7:00) and the team manager Piana (7:08:30).

Press Office Xtreme Plus Team

Sonja Vietto Ramus sonja.vietto@gmail.com

Communiqué de presse 02_2019

Pisco (Pérou) – Un peu plus de 80 km de spéciale avec des dunes de hauteur moyenne et des passages entre oued ont ouvert la 41ème édition du rallye Dakar qui a débuté ce matin, le 7 Janvier, de la capitale Lima pour rejoindre Pisco, une ville sur l’Océan Pacifique. Une étape de 331 km au total (dont 247 de liaison) a permis aux concurrents de se plonger au cœur de la plus noble aventure automobile du monde qui se déroule entièrement cette année sur le territoire du Pérou avec 10 étapes et 5 000 km (dont 3 mille de SS).

Avec les couleurs officielles de CST Tyres, les français Eric Abel et Christian Manez (#341) ont franchi le finish de la première speciale Dakar 2019 avec un temps de 1h20’09 »: “C’était un entraînement amusant vu les étapes des prochains jours – explique Christian Manez – Au cours des 84 km de cette première SS nous avons affronté des dunes de hauteur moyenne, du oued avec du sable et des fonds pierreux et enfin une corde de dunes qui nous a menés à la ligne d’arrivée”. .

Après avoir remporté la deuxième place au Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge de l’année dernière, le Polonais Maciej Domzala, piloté par son compatriote Rafal Marton, a ramené le Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #376 à l’issue de cette course spéciale avec le temps de 1h39’29”. Pour Maciej, la spéciale du jour constituait un bon test pour se familiariser avec Polaris.

Les débuts sur le Dakar du Mexicain Santiago Garcia Creel, piloté par le Polonais Szymon Gospodarczyk, ont permis au pilote du Polaris RZR #362 de remporter le deuxième meilleur temps pour l’équipe française de Gorrevod avec 1h34’02 »: “J’ai eu beaucoup de plaisir à piloter sur le sable et cette spéciale a été un bon test pour commencer le Dakar – commente Santiago – Les dunes d’aujourd’hui n’ont pas été difficile, mais à partir de demain je pense que  les jeux seront plus difficiles « .

Bon test enfin pour l’équipage français #359 composé de Ronald Basso et Julien Menard qui a conclu la SS en 1h37’18” meme si s’est attardé à la ligne d’arrivée à cause d’une crevaison qui a malheureusement fait perdre dix minutes.

Un peu plus de 1h54′ de temps pour Marco Piana, piloté par le Suisse Steven Griener, pour terminer les 84 km de la spéciale de la journée, en restant toujours disponible pour aider rapidement le 4 Polaris RZR du Team Xtreme+.

Pour demain, 8 Janvier, le tracé du Dakar 2019 prévoit 211 km de liaison et 342 de spéciale: les équipages partiront de Pisco pour rejoindre San Juan de Marcona. Abel/Manez à 6:40, à suivre Creel/Gospodarczyk (6:56) et Basso/Menard (6:58). Pour conclure l’ordre de départ de l’équipe française, Domzala (7:00) et le chef d’équipe Marco Piana (7:08:30).

Bureau de Presse Xtreme Plus Team

Sonja Vietto Ramus

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Press Release 01_2019

Lima (Peru) – The official opening ceremony of the 41st edition of the rally Dakar took place today, January 6th, in Magdalena del Mar, Lima, the same place that will see the end of the race on the 17th, after 10 stages and 5 thousand km of which 3000 of special.

After the technical and administrative checks of the past few days, the Xtreme+ crews have taken off at the wheel of the performing Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo prepared in the French workshops of Gorrevod. Official bearer of CST Tires, the French Eric Abel and Christian Manez (#341) will take to the track tomorrow for their first participation in the most famous rally in the world: the two friends, who have a long history of participation in rally-raids, support also the Leo Association that is dedicated to small patients with myelomas.

From Poland, Maciej Domzala with Rafal Marton, on Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #376, will be at the start of his second race after the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge of 2018 in which he won the second overall finish. The goal of the Polish driver is to cross the finish line of this edition of the Dakar alongside a co-pilot who boasts ten rally races as well as Cross Country championships in Poland and Europe.

Debut in the Dakar also for the Mexican Santiago Garcia Creel in the race with the Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #362: to sail the winner of prestigious competitions including Baja 1000, Baja 500 and San Felipe 250 there will be the Polish Szymon Gospodarczyk.

With the number #359 the Dakar 2019 will see Ronald Basso paired with Julien Menard. Both French, they competed together with the Merzouga Rally, the Baja Portalegre 500 and the Dakar rally in the car category. Third on Polaris RZR at Merzouga 2017, they will face this new challenge with the colors of the French Xtreme+ Team.

Finally, the Xtreme Plus Team Manager, Marco Piana, will take to the track with the Toyota Land Cruiser #380 as a quick assistance to Polaris crews. At his side, the Swiss co-driver Steven Griener.

To make the Dakar adventure possible, Xtreme Plus pilots and co-pilots will have a strong team of mechanics available for a total of 5 support vehicles (2 Man 4×4, 1 Renault Mascot, 1 Renault Kerax and 1 Ford 150 press car) available from bivouac to bivouac in addition to the fast assistance vehicle engaged in the race.

Tomorrow, January 7th, the Dakar 2019 will start with the first stage that from Lima will head to Pisco for a total of 331 km of which 247 of liason and 84 of special: the route will accompany the crews from the capital of Peru to the nice town overlooking the Pacific Ocean, in the region of Ica.

Press Office Xtreme Plus Team

Sonja Vietto Ramus

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Communiqué de Presse 01_2019

Lima (Pérou) – Avec la cérémonie officielle à Magdalena del Mar, Lima, la 41ème édition du Dakar, qui se terminera le 17 Janvier, toujours dans la capitale péruvienne après 10 étapes et 5 mille km dont 3 mille de spéciale, a commencée aujourd’hui 6 Janvier.

Après les vérifications techniques et administratives des derniers jours, les équipages Xtreme Plus ont décollé au volant des Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo préparées dans les ateliers français de Gorrevod. Titulaire officiel de CST Tyres, les français Eric Abel et Christian Manez (#341) seront sur la piste demain pour leur première participation au plus célèbre rallye du monde: les deux amis, qui participent depuis longtemps aux rallyes-raids, soutiennent aussi l’association Léo dédiée aux petits patients atteints de myélome.

De Pologne, Maciej Domzala et Rafal Marton, sur Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #376, seront au départ de leur deuxième course après le Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge de 2018, dans lequel il ont remporté la deuxième place au classement général. L’objectif du pilote polonais est de franchir la ligne d’arrivée de cette édition du Dakar aux côtés d’un copilote qui compte dix courses de rallye ainsi que des championnats de cross-country en Pologne et en Europe.

Début dans le Dakar également pour le Mexicain Santiago Garcia Creel dans la course avec le Polaris RZR 1000 Turbo #362: avec le vainqueur de compétitions prestigieuses comme la Baja 1000, Baja 500 et San Felipe 250, il y aura le Polonais Szymon Gospodarczyk.

Avec le numéro 359 sur le Dakar 2019, Ronald Basso sera associé à Julien Ménard. Tous deux français, ils ont concouru au rallye Merzouga, Baja Portalegre 500 et rallye Dakar dans la catégorie auto. Troisiémes sur Polaris RZR à Merzouga 2017, ils feront face à ce nouveau défi aux couleurs de l’équipe française Xtreme Plus.

Enfin, Marco Piana, Team Manager de l’équipe Xtreme+, sera sur la piste avec le Toyota Land Cruiser #380 afin d’aider rapidement les équipages Polaris. Avec lui, le co-pilote suisse Steven Griener.

Pour rendre l’aventure du Dakar possible, les pilotes Xtreme Plus disposeront d’une solide équipe de mécaniciens pour un total de 5 véhicules de soutien (2 Man 4×4, 1 Renault Mascot, 1 Renault Kerax et 1 voiture de presse Ford 150) disponibles de bivouac au bivouac. En plus il y aura le véhicule d’assistance rapide engagé dans la course.

Demain, le 7 Janvier, le Dakar 2019 débutera avec sa première étape qui, de Lima, ira vers Pisco pour un total de 331 km, dont 247 de liaison et 84 de spéciale: le parcours accompagnera les èquipages de la capitale du Pérou à la jolie ville surplombant l’Océan Pacifique, dans la région d’Ica.

Bureau de Presse Xtreme Plus Team

Sonja Vietto Ramus

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Press Release 12_2018

With the victory at the Baja Portalegre 500, Peña Campo & Tornabell Cordoba win the T3 title in the FIA 2018 World Cup. Gonzalez/Minaudier and Knight/Watson complete the podium of the last round of the World Cup.

Portalegre – Portugal (October 27th) – Xtreme+ is world champion of T3. The Spanish crew José Luis Peña Campo and Rafael Tornabell Cordoba, on Polaris RZR 1000, won the podium of the Baja Portalegre 500, the last stage of the FIA 2018 World Cup Cross Country Rally, thus winning the overall title of T3.

That on the Portuguese tracks has been an exciting challenge between Polaris and Yamaha with Peña Campo and his rival Santiago Navarro protagonists of an excellent motor season. For the first time since the launch of the World Cup in the T3 category, the fate of the championship was decided in the last special stage of the final leg in Portugal, rewarding the grit and determination of Xtreme+ with an important world title, the fifth after those achieved in 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017.

« It was not easy at all but for this reason the satisfaction is even greater – explains the team manager Marco Piana The 18 minutes that Navarro had on Peña Campo have been deleted in

the SS4 when the Yamaha rider got caught up against a tree. With a great tension, José Luis has been able to conclude perfectly the special stage without taking any risk, cutting the finish line first and thus conquering the world title of T3. A nice victory made possible by the collaboration of the whole team, from mechanics to drivers of assistance vehicles up to those who work from the headquarters in France: thanks to Sylvain, Renato, Gilles, Freddo, Enzo, Alexis, Jesus, Cédric, Manu, Alain and all other boys. To Ana for taking care of the logistics and organization, indispensable help for Xtreme+. A big thanks to everyone. Here, this is one of those victories that I like more because it is the success of a team that puts heart and soul … « .

After a long sports season – 2018 has seen 11 races taking place in 11 countries and 3 different continents – Peña Campo and Tornabell Cordoba are the first Spaniards to become Cross Country World Champions in the T3 category (only compatriot Carlos Sainz had won the title absolute in the past). « I really do not know what to say, I have no words – explains an excited José Luis – It is a triumph dedicated to Rafa because without his help and his professionalism we would never have achieved this goal; to the whole Xtreme+ Team that made Polaris perfect at every race; to Marco Piana who believed in me; to my wife Balby and my family and of course to the sponsors for their precious help « .

If the Spanish crew has reported a brilliant result, the other two Polaris RZR 1000 competing at the Baja Portalegre 500 have certainly not been outdone. Vincent Gonzalez, sailed by Loic Minaudier, has crossed the finish line in the Portuguese leg finishing second and winning the third overall podium in the T3 World Cup. This season, the Swiss driver has not only shown  he has excellent driver skills but also proved to be « the » perfect team-mate helping Peña Campo in his race to conquer the world title. Without forgetting that it was Gonzalez who helped Navarro when he and his Yamaha had a problem in the SS4.

This 32nd edition of the Baja Portalegre 500 finally saw another crew of Xtreme+ win the podium: the British Graham Knight and David Watson were indeed classified third behind team-mates Peña Campo and Gonzalez. At the wheel of their Razor 1000 in some legs of 2018 to gain more confidence with the vehicle, Graham and David were just as essential to the victory of the Spanish rider and the whole team for the joy and good humor always brought with them.

Upcoming races? « After this great victory we are now preparing for the Dakar in Peru where Xtreme+ will be present with some crews – says Marco Piana, in the race at the Baja Portalegre 500 with Sébastien Delaunay We will do our best: on the other hand, after an unforgettable year like this it can be done differently! ».

Xtreme+ thanks for the valuable support: Polaris Europe and France with Manu Péan and Rodrigo Lourenco for the supply of original spare parts; CST for extremely performing and robust tires that have allowed excellent results on all types of terrain; Motul for lubricating products; Galfer with disks and pads for safe braking; Reiger Suspensions, with Henk Helleger, for the essential assistance in the set-up; Kutvek Kitgraphik for the realization of the Polaris graphics; Rouge Fusion for the supply of customized competition exhausts; Lortec for engine tuning; Alves Turin (Italy), with Gabriele, Ezio and Sandro, for the construction of the frames and the development of the Polaris 1000; Maxiracing Component of Turin (Italy) with Elvio for the accessories in fiber, carbon and kevlar.

Press Office Xtreme Plus Team Sonja Vietto Ramus sonja.vietto@gmail.com