Dakar 2016

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!

Dakar 2016

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!

DAKAR 2 016

16 janvier 2016

 

 

 

Arrivée : ROSARIO (Argentine)

Spéciale : 180 km – Liaison : 519 km – Total : 699 km

 

Ils étaient 4 Polaris RZR 1000XT + 30 au départ, ils sont 4 à l’arrivée avec en prime la couronne du vainqueur en T3 Light pour l’équipage de la voiture MAXXIS Cinotto et Dominella et le podium complet en T3 Light ! Une cinquième victoire d’affilée pour le Team Xtremeplus sur le Dakar et 3 Rookies à l’arrivée !

Carton plein donc pour Xtremeplus. Peu d’équipes peuvent se vanter de ce palmarès sur cette 38e édition du Dakar, d’autant plus qu’il y avait en fait 6 voitures dans le team, avec Marco Piana en assistance rapide et Yassir Saedan navigué par Seb Delaunay en T2 (Toyota)… et 6 à l’arrivée ! BRAVO !

 

Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella n°389 ― 45es au général et 1ers T3 Light : « Ce fut une très belle course. Le Polaris RZR MAXXIS est une voiture extraordinaire sur laquelle nous avons connu des problèmes comme tous les concurrents sur le Dakar, ni plus ni moins. L’équipe Xtremeplus est très professionnelle, ils ont accompli un travail incroyable chaque nuit. Cela fait 4 fois que je participe au Dakar et la première fois que je termine, maintenant je me rends compte à quel point c’est long, très long ! Nous avons gagné le T3 Light, c’est une belle satisfaction, et nous nous sommes vraiment beaucoup amusés ! »

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu n°394 ― 55es au général et 2es T3 Light : « Je suis tellement heureux ! J’ai accompli un rêve que je gardais dans un tiroir depuis des années : être le premier Chinois à terminer le Dakar en T3 ! Et en plus, je termine en deuxième position, c’est magnifique ! Ce fut très dur… et je ressens beaucoup d’émotion… C’est indescriptible ! »

 

Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival n°367 ― 57es au général et 3es T3 Light : « J’ai réussi mon pari ! Il y a quatorze mois, je me suis mis dans la tête et dans celle de ma famille que j’allais terminer mon premier Dakar et je l’ai fait ! Je suis tellement content que c’est compliqué à expliquer. Le plus difficile a été de rester concentrer chaque jour. Je ne sais pas quel est mon prochain rêve… peut-être un deuxième Dakar ! Pour le moment, je veux profiter de cette victoire personnelle. »

 

 

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell n°371 ― 62es au général et 4es T3 Light : « C’est magnifique d’être ici, au podium de Rosario ! Ce fut une expérience incroyable… en dehors du plaisir de piloter, de surmonter les problèmes et déjouer les pièges, c’est la course qui m’a donné le plus d’émotions et m’a également retiré le plus d’illusions ! Je n’avais jamais connu cela. J’ai beaucoup appris… C’était dur, très dur mais cela en valait la peine ! »

 

Bravo à tous les équipages et Bravo à toute l’équipe technique qui a assuré sans relâche pour amener tout le monde au bout de ce Dakar 2016 ! Great job, guys !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dakar 2016

January 14 2016

 

 

 

Stage 11: La Rioja – San Juan (Argentina)

Special Stage: 431 km – Road connection: 281 km – Total: 712 km

 

The Dakar continues its way to the finish line, this time with Stage 11 that joins San Juan, a region recognized by its high temperatures. The special stage took place again under very hot weather, in a complicated terrain with fesh-fesh and also a fast track on stones.

 

In spite of the difficulties, the Polaris Xtremeplus team arrived to the bivouac located at the racetrack between the mountains, all together before other teams.

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394: “Today, it was a very long day with sand, fesh-fesh, a river crossing to finish with two fords! It was physically demanding, but this time, I didn´t stop to rest. I only asked for cold water to the Argentineans to cool down twice. I drove at a nice pace but calmly and without taking any risks. I didn´t want to damage the car if I could not see where the tires would go into, and when it was clear, I went fast. We had huge stones and dust and I knew that there was no assistance at less than 6 hours behind us, so I wanted to make sure we could finish. I don´t care of the result, I want to finish my Dakar and make my dream come true!”

 

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 (52 in 8h32’15): « We drove calmly to preserve the RZR and make sure we can finish. We have played guardian angels for the Brazilian team that didn´t sleep the night before. We helped them changing a tire, and I enjoyed it!”

 

 

Michele Cinotto/Mauricio Dominella N.389: “Everything has worked well until km 50 before the finish line where we had an electrical problem that made us waste 2h30! At the same time, our GPS stopped working and we got lost at the bridge and lost some precious minutes… so it was a day to forget!”

 

The Brazilian team Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival N.367 arrived to the La Rioja bivouac at 8 am this morning. The crew took the start at 8:15, after spending the night repairing with Marco Piana, who provides fast assistance service. Needless to say that Leandro and Lourival are very tired, but happy to be there!

 

 

DAKAR 2 016

14 janvier 2016

 

 

 

11e étape : La Rioja – San Juan (Argentine)

Spéciale 431 km – Liaison : 281 km – Total : 712 km

 

Le Dakar continue sa descente vers l’arrivée, cette onzième étape rallie San Juan, région reconnue comme très chaude. La Spéciale se déroule à nouveau dans une fournaise sans nom, sur du terrain compliqué composé de fesh-fesh mais aussi de partie rapide sur graviers ou cailloux.

Malgré nombre de péripéties, le team Polaris Xtremeplus arrive au bivouac, situé sur l’autodrome coincé entre les montagnes, au complet qui plus tôt que les autres…

 

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu n°394  : « Aujourd’hui, c’était une très longue journée avec du sable, du fesh-fesh, du passage dans le lit d’une rivière et pour finir on a traverser deux gués ! C’était très dur physiquement mais cette fois, je ne me suis pas arrêté pour me reposer. J’ai juste demander de l’eau froide par deux fois à des Argentins tant il faisait chaud. J’ai roulé à un bon rythme mais tranquillement sans prendre de risque. Je ne voulais pas abîmer la voiture, si je ne voyais pas bien où je mettais les roues, je n’y allais pas et quand c’était clair, je roulais à fond. Nous avons eu beaucoup de grosses pierres et de poussière et je savais qu’il n’y avait pas d’assistance à moins de 6h derrière nous, donc j’ai assuré. Je me fiche du résultat, je veux finir ce Dakar et réaliser mon rêve ! »

 

 

 

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell n°371 (52es en 8h32’15): « Nous avons roulé tranquillement pour préserver notre RZR et assurer notre arrivée. Nous avons donc joué les anges gardiens pour l’équipage brésilien qui n’avait pas dormi. Nous les avons aidé à changer la roue et j’ai bien aimé ça… »

 

Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella n°389 : « Tout a bien marché jusqu’à 50 km de l’arrivée où nous avons connu un problème électrique qui nous a fait perdre 2h30′ ! Au même moment, le GPS nous a lâché et nous nous sommes perdus sous le pont, perdant d’autres précieuses minutes. Ce fut donc une journée à oublier pour nous ! »

 

L’équipage brésilien, Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival n°367 est arrivé au bivouac de La Rioja a 8h du matin… et est reparti à 8h15′ après avoir passé la nuit à réparer en compagnie de Marco Piana qui assure l’assistance rapide. Inutile de vous dire qu’une fois au bivouac de San Juan, Leandro et Lourival se sont effondrés mais contents d’être là !

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dakar 2016

January 14 2016

 

 

 

Stage 11: La Rioja – San Juan (Argentina)

Special Stage: 431 km – Road connection: 281 km – Total: 712 km

 

The Dakar continues its way to the finish line, this time with Stage 11 that joins San Juan, a region recognized by its high temperatures. The special stage took place again under very hot weather, in a complicated terrain with fesh-fesh and also a fast track on stones.

 

In spite of the difficulties, the Polaris Xtremeplus team arrived to the bivouac located at the racetrack between the mountains, all together before other teams.

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394: “Today, it was a very long day with sand, fesh-fesh, a river crossing to finish with two fords! It was physically demanding, but this time, I didn´t stop to rest. I only asked for cold water to the Argentineans to cool down twice. I drove at a nice pace but calmly and without taking any risks. I didn´t want to damage the car if I could not see where the tires would go into, and when it was clear, I went fast. We had huge stones and dust and I knew that there was no assistance at less than 6 hours behind us, so I wanted to make sure we could finish. I don´t care of the result, I want to finish my Dakar and make my dream come true!”

 

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 (52 in 8h32’15): « We drove calmly to preserve the RZR and make sure we can finish. We have played guardian angels for the Brazilian team that didn´t sleep the night before. We helped them changing a tire, and I enjoyed it!”

 

 

Michele Cinotto/Mauricio Dominella N.389: “Everything has worked well until km 50 before the finish line where we had an electrical problem that made us waste 2h30! At the same time, our GPS stopped working and we got lost at the bridge and lost some precious minutes… so it was a day to forget!”

 

The Brazilian team Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival N.367 arrived to the La Rioja bivouac at 8 am this morning. The crew took the start at 8:15, after spending the night repairing with Marco Piana, who provides fast assistance service. Needless to say that Leandro and Lourival are very tired, but happy to be there!

 

 

Dakar 2016

January 13, 2016

 

Stage 10: Belen – La Rioja (Argentina)

Special Stage: 278 – Road connection: 485 km – Total: 763 km

 

 

This morning, the bivouac at Belen woke up under a drizzle similar to those in northern Europe. With this, the Dakar 2016 would have had all kinds of weather conditions. Due to the storm that followed the race since the beginning, today’s special stage was shortened to 244 km. The rivers grew with the water coming down from the mountain were impossible to cross!

 

At 7:30 pm, the only Xtremeplus crew to have completed stage 10 was N.394, Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu.

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394 (6h40’41): “It was a great day for us, also very hot but everything worked well. Yesterday, I had to stop and get rest under a tree because it was so extremely hot. Today, we had two punctures and we got lost for 7 km but we are here, and we are the first team of the Xtremeplus to finish the stage, it´s amazing!

I had an excellent feeling in the dunes, it is true that in China we had huge dunes, and I drive on the sand. So that didn´t make me feel scared, even if the sand is soft. We passed several cars during the stage and here we are, 32nd!”

The other teams faced some difficulties and arrived to La Rioja a late… to start the 11 stage La Rioja – San Juan.

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 (52 in 8h32’15): “I preferred to make sure we made it, the stage was so hard! So I wanted to maximize the engine power because it was so hot that we lost power. We had to go from top to top but we but stuck in a basin and stood there for an hour…”

Michele Chinotto/Mauricio Dominella N.389 (42 in 7h20’34) stopped to let the Polaris RZR Maxxis’ engine cool off. The temperatures climbed up easily over normal levels. The Italian crew was also forced to change the belt. 

 

The Brazilian crew Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival n°367 was blocked quite a long time on the track with Marco Piana reparing the gear box.

Dakar 2016

January 13, 2016

 

Stage 10: Belen – La Rioja (Argentina)

Special Stage: 278 – Road connection: 485 km – Total: 763 km

 

 

This morning, the bivouac at Belen woke up under a drizzle similar to those in northern Europe. With this, the Dakar 2016 would have had all kinds of weather conditions. Due to the storm that followed the race since the beginning, today’s special stage was shortened to 244 km. The rivers grew with the water coming down from the mountain were impossible to cross!

 

At 7:30 pm, the only Xtremeplus crew to have completed stage 10 was N.394, Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu.

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394 (6h40’41): “It was a great day for us, also very hot but everything worked well. Yesterday, I had to stop and get rest under a tree because it was so extremely hot. Today, we had two punctures and we got lost for 7 km but we are here, and we are the first team of the Xtremeplus to finish the stage, it´s amazing!

I had an excellent feeling in the dunes, it is true that in China we had huge dunes, and I drive on the sand. So that didn´t make me feel scared, even if the sand is soft. We passed several cars during the stage and here we are, 32nd!”

The other teams faced some difficulties and arrived to La Rioja a late… to start the 11 stage La Rioja – San Juan.

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 (52 in 8h32’15): “I preferred to make sure we made it, the stage was so hard! So I wanted to maximize the engine power because it was so hot that we lost power. We had to go from top to top but we but stuck in a basin and stood there for an hour…”

Michele Chinotto/Mauricio Dominella N.389 (42 in 7h20’34) stopped to let the Polaris RZR Maxxis’ engine cool off. The temperatures climbed up easily over normal levels. The Italian crew was also forced to change the belt. 

 

The Brazilian crew Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival n°367 was blocked quite a long time on the track with Marco Piana reparing the gear box.

DAKAR 2 016

13 janvier 2016

 

 

 

10e étape : Belen – La Rioja (Argentine)

Spéciale 278 km – Liaison : 485 km – Total : 763 km

 

Ce matin, le bivouac de Belen s’est réveillé sous un crachin digne du nord de l’Europe. Décidément, ce Dakar 2016 aura vécu toutes les sortes de conditions climatiques. À cause des violents orages qui sévissent depuis le début du Rallye, la Spéciale a été à nouveau raccourcie au km 244, les rios gonflés des eaux de la montagne étant infranchissables.

 

A 19h30′. Le seul équipage Xtremeplus à avoir terminé la 10e spéciale est le n°394 Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu qui arrive le premier au bivouac de La Rioja, très heureux d’avoir accompli cet exploit.

 

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu n°394 (6h40’41) : « Ce fut une très bonne journée pour nous… toujours aussi chaude mais tout a bien marché. Hier, j’ai été contraint à me reposer sous un arbre tellement j’avais chaud. Aujourd’hui, nous avons crevé par deux fois et nous nous sommes perdus 7 km mais nous sommes là, les premiers du team Xtremeplus, c’est incroyable !

J’avais un excellent feeling dans les dunes, c’est vrai qu’en Chine nous en avons de très grandes et j’ai à rouler dans le sable. Donc cela ne me faisait pas peur et le RZR passe très bien même si le sable était très mou. Nous avons doublé beaucoup de voitures dans la spéciale et nous sommes 32es ! »

 

Les autres équipages ont connu quelques mésaventures mais ont tous rallié la Rioja un peu tard… pour mieux repartir dans cette 11e spéciale La Rioja – San Juan.

 

Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell n°371 (52es en 8h32’15): « J’ai préféré assurer car l’étape était vraiment très dure. J’ai donc voulu économiser le moteur car il faisait très, très chaud et nous avions perdu de la puissance. Il fallait donc passer de crête en crête mais dans une cuvette, nous sommes restés plantés une bonne heure… »

 

Michele Cinotto/Maurizio Dominella n°389 (42es en 7h20’34) se sont arrêtés souvent pour laisser refroidir le moteur POLARIS RZR MAXXIS, les températures grimpant trop facilement au-dessus de la normale. L’équipage italien a également été obligé de changer la courroie.

 

L’équipage brésilien, Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival n°367 a été longtemps bloqué sur la piste avec Marco Piana, à réparer la boîte cassée.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dakar 2016

 

 

 

January 12, 2016

Stage 9: Belen – Belen (Argentina)

Special Stage: 285 km – Road connection: 111 km – Total: 396 km

 

Today, competitors experienced the real Dakar during this loop Belen – Belen. The journey was mostly off-road, in small dunes with some vegetation, then harder terrain and a riverbank. This special stage was also announced to be challenging navigation wise.

 

This morning, the sky was clear and the thermometer quickly climbed to the red zone… It was so red that the organizer stopped the special stage at CP2 for the bikes, cars and truck. Tomorrow, the Super Special starts with the ten best times of each class combined. At the arrival of the bivouac, all crews were exhausted and had to face the sandstorm. Most of them tried to escape to get some rest at the hotels.

 

At the time of this press release, three out of four Polaris crews completed the special stage. Only Eugenio Amos/Rafael Tornabell N.371 is still in the tracks with an electrical problem to be solved.

 

Michele Cinotto/Mauricio Dominella N.389 (38 in 5h17’11):“When we arrived to CP2, they signaled that the special stage had finished, so I hugged the guys at the CP. It was a journey for survivors, the temperature was terrible and all cars would heat up. We had to stop several times to cool it down. Then, we had a puncture, and with this weather, it was impossible to get the jack to come up so we repaired avec wicks twice. We also had a battery problem and the RZR stopped twice. In a canyon, a truck rolled over in front of us, so we just had time to climb and then, we couldn´t find the way to go back down. It was fun!”

 

Mao Rujin/Ka Chun Yu N.394 (47 in 5h40’21): The Chinese team has managed this difficult stage with only one puncture. Mao and Ka arrived to the bivouac in the 47th place. A job well-done considering the difficulties of the day!

 

Leandro Torres/Roldan Lourival N.367(54es en06h38’32): “I can´t do this anymore, I am so tired… we had to work with our shovels for an hour, putting plates and the jack… It was extremely difficult with the heat!”