Ten vehicles of the brand (6 Renegade 800 XXC ATVs and 4 Commander 1000X UTVs) focused the attention of the world press at the awards in the Dakar 2013, which was held in La Moneda. The local Sebastian Palma, from Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am was awarded as the winner in the ATVs Class 2 (4×4) category. The Argentine Claudio Cavigliasso, second in the same category, gave his medal to his wife on her birthday. Rodrigo Ramírez announced, before the arrival of Reinaldo Varela and his Commander 1000x, that in 2014 are hoping to compete with the new Can-Am Maverick. The quality of the Can-Am serial products was again demonstrated in the world’s most demanding race.
By Mariano Iannaccone
It was practically a parade of Can-Am vehicles, the awards of the Dakar 2013, which ended on Sunday in La Moneda, Santiago, Chile. With no less than ten products at the finish line, the brand had a very strong presence in the formal closure of the 35th edition of the world’s most famous rally. Between 9:50 a.m. and 17:30, the Can-Am machines constantly climbed the Podium Finish. The first to reach the award ramp was Marcelo Fernandez with a Renegade 800 from the Argentine team Rally Raid Mazzucco Can-Am. Then came his partner Claudio Cavigliasso, that in one of the most touching gestures of this historic journey, dedicated and handed his medal to his wife Monica, on her birthday. “These 15 days and 8,500 km were racing for you,” said Claudio visibly moved to his wife, who is preparing to debut in Dakar for 2014, and also with a Can-Am.
The strongest applause of the Chilean public that filled the grandstand installed opposite the podium, was to the local Sebastian Palma, from Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am, awarded as the winner in the ATVs Class 2 category (up to 900 cm ³ and 4WD traction) aboard his Renegade 800, the product presented publicly at the ceremony as “Rally Legend”. “It is a great pride as a Chilean to be here in Santiago celebrating having completed the Dakar. I want to thank all at Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am for their work and companionship. Starting this Monday, I will work to compete again in 2014,” said Palma, 35 year old entrepreneur who lives in Los Angeles, Chile.
Later came the awards for Rodrigo Ramírez (third in the ATVs 4×4), Ricardo Vinet (4th) and Diego Martinez (5th), all from Team Nextel Huawei by Can-Am. And once received their deserved medals, they stayed by the podium to receive the Brazilian Reinaldo Varela, with the first out of four Commander 1000X highlighted in the award party. Amid the festivities and Brazilian flags, with both pilots and the team, Rodrigo Ramírez publicly announced that for the Dakar 2014 they wish to participate with the brand new Maverick, an excellent UTV created to compete. Then completed the Can-Am parade the Chilean Francisco Lopez and his navigator the Argentine Sebastian Scholz; the Colombian Martha Mariño and her compatriot Carlos Bustamante, who were greeted at the podium by the Sports Minister of their country; and also the Chilean Pablo Donoso and Juan Pablo Cerda. “Absolutely all Can-Am UTV vehicles that left Lima are here in Santiago!” Publicly highlighted the speakers at the ceremony to an audience of more than 50 thousand people.
So ends another historical Can-Am participation in the most demanding mechanical reliability test on the planet. The legend that began in 2004 with the victory of the South African Cornel De Villiers remains with the demonstration that the quality standard of its products, demonstrated by Commanders 1000 and Renegades 800, overcome also the Dakar requirements.