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Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

New Monster Energy/Can-Am racing team will compete with Maverick X3s

Can-Am’s new Monster Energy/Maverick X3 racing team will compete in the 2019 Dakar Rally. The three-racer squad features American Casey Currie, reigning Dakar champion Reinaldo Varela, and Spaniard Gerard Farrés. As part of the Dakar effort Can-Am will attend the race to capture the defiant 172-hp, turbocharged Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side in action, provide social updates, and produce a three-part documentary series about Currie and his Dakar experience.

Can-Am will also field a talented South Racing/Can-Am team and several other support drivers in its pursuit of back-to-back Dakar titles. Can-Am, the defending side-by-side category champion, is returning to the Dakar Rally in full force January 6–17 in South America with a field of more than 20 professional racers.

“Dakar is about overcoming difficulties through persistence. It’s about an unyielding, all-out effort to finish something you started. At BRP, we carry this same determination and internal drive to win in everything we do. The Can-Am Maverick X3 vehicle was engineered with this attitude, and to this day provides our racers with the supreme confidence that they will prevail against all odds,” said Olivier Camus, Can-Am global marketing director. “Winning Dakar and to repeat as champions is our objective. Our team is trained to endure the rigors of the world's toughest race, and our racers are just built for this! We have a deep connection with them and we value their stories, the families, and camaraderie involved in this effort. As a global Can-Am family, we’re all in this monumental adventure together.”

Monster Energy/Can-Am Dream Team

Can-Am joined forces with Monster Energy and South Racing to build a Dakar Rally dream team. Leading the way is defending Dakar SxS category champion Reinaldo Varela. The Brazilian piloted a Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side to a historic victory earlier this year in its first-ever running of Dakar, earning him and copilot Gustavo Gugelmin respect around the world.

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

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Currie will be representing North America. The US racer earned his Dakar series stripes this year by earning the fastest qualifier and stage win at the Merzouga Rally and then solidified his off-road legend status with a win at the Desafío Inca Challenge (Dakar series) this September 14–16 in Peru. Farrés and co-driver Dani Oliveira are no strangers to Dakar series success, having just scored a runner-up finish in October at the Rallye du Maroc in Morocco, so they’re amped and ready to take on Dakar and all challengers.

Casey Currie—Off-Road Icon’s First Dakar Rally

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

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To capture Currie’s first attempt at conquering Dakar and fulfilling a lifelong dream, Can-Am will produce a three-part documentary series about the off-road icon, from preparation to the finish line. The first video, Born to Race, launched today and digs into how he started racing, its impact on his life, and more about his motorsports family. For Part 2, Preparing for Dakar, Currie recaps the knowledge gained for Dakar from his previous efforts at both the Merzouga and Inca rallies. The final installment, called It’s ON!, is a planned behind-the-scenes take to explain his determined effort to prepare for Dakar, from his family’s backing, the travels, race planning, and up to the starting line.

South Racing/Can-Am And More

South Racing/Can-Am, led by manager Scott Abraham, has its own fast five for the 2019 Dakar Rally in Hernan Garces and Juan Pablo Latrach; Miguel Jordão and Lourival Roldan; Ellen Lohr and Anton de Roissard; Ricardo Porem; Thomas Ourrednicek and David Nipal. This exceptional team has dozens of combined years of racing experience, has driven an assortment of diverse vehicles (karts, cars, trucks, semis, etc.) and has witnessed firsthand both the thrill of victory and the agony of defeat, so it’s primed and ready for Dakar.

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

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In all, the 20-plus Can-Am racers represent at least 10 different countries creating a global family not only linked together by their determination to defeat Dakar but also the vehicle they choose to compete in.

Maverick X3 Side-By-Side Vehicle: Perfect For Dakar

The Can-Am Maverick X3 Turbo R side-by-side immediately verified its stance as the most prodigious vehicle on the planet when it won the inaugural 2018 Dakar SxS category title in its first-ever entry. With its Dakar series rally racing wins, its several huge desert racing victories in North America, and the abundant US off-road national championships the Maverick has also earned, this season has further cemented its status as the most desirable racing side-by-side vehicle on the planet.

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

Can-Am Goes All In For 2019 Dakar Rally

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The Can-Am Maverick X3 side-by-side, with its powerful turbocharged 172-hp Rotax engine, is the ideal platform for Dakar and all its challenges because it was engineered for the desert. Its aggressive, future-forward design puts the driver in control at the heart of the vehicle, connecting them as one. Dakar has proven to be downright exhausting to man and machine, but the Maverick X3 and its relentless character are ready for the world’s toughest race, which is spread out over 5,000 kilometers (3,106 miles) and lasts 11 days.

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