Leandro Torres and Polaris
take 2017 Dakar SSV Title
Minneapolis, MN (1/16/2017)
- Leandro Torres and co-driver Lourival
Roldan have become the very first Dakar SSV class
winners, taking the 2017 title in their factory
Xtreme Plus Polaris RZR1000XT machine, by an impressive
One of five Polaris crews to enter the world's
toughest race, Torres and Roldan dominated the
second half of Dakar 2017, gradually extending
their lead over fellow Polaris crews, after all
other rival manufacturer teams retired before
the mid-point rest day.
RZR XP Driver Leandro Torres Wins 2017
As the very first edition to be recognised with
its own SSV official class, only Polaris machines
would finish the grueling 12-day event, with every
one of the five Xtreme Plus run team machines
completing the 9,000km race.
Brazilian winner Torres commented, "It is
only my second Dakar and I only started in cross
country rallying just last year. Now I take the
victory of the first edition of the SSV category
in the Dakar and this is incredible. My dream
has come true.
"It was hard, but very different compared
to last year. I was more aggressive and I adored
the special stages with the many surface changes.
The road connections were tough too, as they were
long and temperatures ranged from five to 50 degrees.
It was tough, but to win the Dakar is just incredible."
Following the Brazilian pairing home to runner-up
spot was the Chinese team of Wang Fujiang and
Li Wei. Finishing just an hour and half ahead
of third spot, Fujiang and Wei took the 2017 Rookie
Co-driver Wei, commented "The first stages
were difficult because of the high heat, we thought
we would never make it. We even had to drive at
night and we have never done that before, but
our team manager Marco kept us motivated and we
progressed day after day to finish second in SSV,
and as the first rookies. An incredible experience."
Locking out the podium for Polaris was the Russian
pairing of Ravil Maganov and Kirill Shubin. Early
stage winners with impressive pace, it would be
small mistakes that would hamper their progress,
still finishing well despite some bad luck.
Maganov commented, "This was a tough personal
challenge but I was generally comfortable throughout.
The RZR worked great and as my second Dakar I
found navigation easier too. Ultimately the early
mistakes cost me a better result."
Completing the SSV class list of finishers for
2017 and making the entire class a Polaris lock-out,
were the Chinese / French pairing of Mao Ruijin
and Sebastien Delaunay in fourth, and the second
Chinese crew of Li Dongsheng and Quanquan Guan.
Xtreme Plus Team Manager, Marco Piana had the
final word, commenting,
"I am extremely proud of what we have all
achieved as a team. To win the Dakar is special,
but to fill the podium, get every RZR home and
to be the only manufacturer in our class to finish
the race is simply incredible. A huge thank you
to everyone that has supported us and our drivers
this year, it's been a truly incredible ride."
Final Dakar 2017 SSV
1st: No. 351 TORRES / ROLDAN (BRAZIL)
2nd: No. 386 FUJIANG / WEI (CHINA / CHINA)
3rd: No. 378 RAVIL MAGANOV / KIRILL (RUSSIA /
4th: No. 342 RUIJIN / DELAUNAY (CHINA / FRANCE)
5th: No. 374 DONGSHENG / QUANQUAN (CHINA / CHINA)
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