Marc Coma, sports director of the Dakar, was absolutely right: This Dakar’s edition is very difficult and doesn´t have anything of a nice and easy drive. For this third stage, divided in two sectors separated by a neutralized section of 124 km, the Xtremeplus’ crews saw everything: high temperatures, fesh fesh, mud and hail at 5,000 meters above sea level! And this time again, it is the “oldest”, Leandro Torres and Mao Rujin, both Dakar 2016 finishers, take the lead in the game. 
Mao Rujin, navigated by Sebastian Delaunay with #342, is the first of the bunch to arrive to the bivouac in San Salvador de Jujuy, glad that he managed the stage with the brains. Same scenario for Leandro Torres and Lourival Roldan in #351, had a smooth timed section and collected the stage win with the SSV 6’42 ahead of Mao Rujin, who keeps the overall lead on his Brazilian rival. 
Ravil Maganov and Kirill Shubin #378, winners of stage 1, had another difficult day and after a puncture and breaking the power steering, they arrived with the Xtremeplus truck at 3 am, exhausted. 
The Chinese team of Li Dong/Quanqian Guan in #374 suffered in the special stage, but did not face any monumental problems, which was not the case for #386 of Wang Fujian/Li Wei, which was rear ended by a truck. The scare was bigger than the damage, which consisted on plastic, broken pieces, an accelerator cable that had to be repaired. 
After stage 3, only six out of the eight SSV that took the start of the Dakar 2007 continue in the race. Five of them are the Polaris RZR 1000XT+30!! 
This morning, Xtremeplus Polaris Factory Team’s mechanics were still at work… Stage 4 arrives to Tupiza in Bolivia.

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