CanAm Takes the Prize
UTV Action would like to congratulate Can-Am for its SxS-class win at the 40th Dakar Rally. This is only the second year that UTVs had their own class. South Racing entered two Maverick X3 UTVs into the rally, and both finished the grueling 5,625-mile, 13-stage race. Brazilians Reinaldo Varela and Gustavo Gugelmin won five stages in the #356 X3 and took the overall victory by 1:39 after 13 stages and 72:44:06 of special tests.
South Racing also took sixth overall, with Argentina’s Leo Larrauri and Fernando Imperatrice winning the final stage in the #362 Maverick X3. After 13 days and more than 5,600 miles of dunes, desert, rain and mud, the Xtreme Plus Factory Polaris Team took second through fourth in the first stand-alone UTV class at the 40th Dakar, held in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Polaris won six stages, while Can-Am won seven stages.
Three Polaris Victories
Frenchman Patrice Garrouste and co-pilot Steven Griener won five stages of the Dakar Rally in the #361 Xtreme Plus Factory Polaris to take second overall UTV, and Peruvian Anibal Aliaga won the first stage for Polaris. The teamran CST Lobo RC tires, even in the seven dune stages.
Frenchmen Claude Fournier and co-pilot Herve Lavergne took third overall in the 40th Dakar in the #387 RZR, and Xtreme Plus Factory Polaris had three of four RZR XPs finish the grueling rally, which had seven all-dune stages.
Yamaha’s First UTV Class Finish
Yamaha has ruled the Dakar Rally ATV class for many years, but it has never raced the UTV class. Polaris and Can-Am have been racing the cars in the Dakar Rally for many years, and, now Yamaha has made its mark in the iconic two-week race. In its first attempt and the first year UTVs got their own class, Yamaha finished a solid fifth.
C.A.T. Racing entered two YXZ1000Rs, while Jaton Racing fielded a third YXZ. Italy’s Camelia Liporati and Manual Lucchese finished all 5,625 miles and 13 UTV stages of the 40th Dakar Rally, held in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. Camelia is a Dakar veteran, having raced Yamaha Raptor 700s from 2009 to 2017, and finished her first UTV attempt in fifth, her best ever.
To learn more about the finishers and the race visit the 2018 Dakar Rally website.