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Polaris RZR This Week in UTV: January 18, 2020

by Chris Leone // Website // Twitter
Images via ASO (1); RJ Anderson (Gallery)

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405 Currie Casey (usa), Berriman Sean (usa), Can – Am, Monster Energy Can-Am, SSV, Motul, podium at the arrival of the Dakar 2020, in Qiddiya, Saudi Arabia, on January 17, 2020 – Photo Francois Flamand / DPPI

Americans Excel in Dakar

In an event that had previously never seen an American winner, Casey Currie topped the SSV class at this year’s Dakar Rally, joining motorcycle winner Ricky Brabec as the first American champions of the world’s most legendary rally raid. Currie held the overall lead after seven of the 12 stages of the event, including the final six, and finished seventh or better on the day in all but the final stage.

”Two Americans on top!” Currie exclaimed after the race. “I’m blown away, man! Sean and my team did a phenomenal job. The car ran great all the time. It’s just an epic experience, and I’ll never forget it, for sure. This is my most emotional win ever. The amount of pressure that was on me was incredible. I love this rally! We’re coming back next year to defend our title. I’m very stoked for Ricky Brabec, he deserves it more than I do.”

Austin Jones also wrapped up his first Dakar in eighth in the category, finishing two weeks of grueling action with a third place stage finish on the final day. Red Bull Off-Road Junior Team racers Blade Hildebrand and Mitch Guthrie Jr. each dropped out of the overall classification with mechanical issues, but scored two stage victories apiece; Guthrie would’ve had a third on Stage 8 if not for a 50-hour penalty for an engine change.

RJ Anderson Drops New Build for WORCS Opener

RJ Anderson had a brand new Polaris RZR Pro XP in time for the WORCS season opener at Buffalo Bill’s Casino in Primm this weekend. Anderson’s team built three vehicles, also including single-seater RS1 builds. Check out the shots of RJ’s new ride below!

Blurton Tops Best in the Desert Opener

At this point the Parker 250 presented by Polaris RZR may already seem like a distant memory, but not for UTV class winners Phil Blurton (UTV Turbo), Kaden Wells (UTV Production), or Michael Isom (UTV Unlimited). The event featured a record 295 competitors, including short course competition, where Blurton’s co-driver Beau Judge took the victory the day before the three-lap desert race. UTVs return to BITD action on February 20 as part of this year’s Laughlin Desert Classic.

Click here for the overall results from last Saturday’s UTV race!

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