Eric De Seynes & Camelia Liparoti Top The SSV Class Podium At Sardinia Rally 2017

With Yamaha powered riders dominating all three major classes of the Sardinia Rally 2017, Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer Eric de Seynes together with co-driver Camelia Liparoti raced the new YXZ1000R SS SE side-by-side machine to victory in the SSV class of the week-long rally event on the Italian island.

Demonstrating the potential of Yamaha's new SSV vehicle in varied racing conditions, Eric de Seynes and Camelia Liparoti successfully completed a total of 1,320 km over six days and across the island of Sardinia.

Taking the provisional lead in the SSV class right after the short 5km-long Prologue, the duo went on to deliver Yamaha's YXZ1000R SS SE machine its first major victory in a multi-stage rally event. Living up to its fame as one of the most challenging events in the international rally racing calendar, the Sardinia Rally 2017 provided numerous navigational challenges to all competitors.

Remaining fast and consistent despite a couple of flat tyres, the duo of Eric and Camelia managed to retain the lead in their class all the way to the finish in the city of San Teodoro. Taking advantage of their participation in this week-long event in order to test a few technical solutions, the feedback collected from Eric and Camelia will be used to further improve Yamaha's SSV vehicle for competition purposes.

In what has been a great event for Yamaha riders, Italy's Alessandro Botturi topped the Motorcylcles category aboard his rally modified WR450F machine, with Yamaha France supported Sébastien Souday getting a well-deserved win in the Quad class.

Eric de Seynes - Yamaha Motor Europe Chief Operating Officer
"The Sardinia Rally is such a great event. Taking place over varied terrain, it involves five long stages with demanding navigation. The atmosphere is great during the event and the level of competition is quite elevated in all classes. The YXZ1000R is a great machine that can be competitive in this kind of multi-stage event with nothing more than the basic race preparation. Being such an enjoyable machine to drive, it helped us better understand its huge potential in competition. Racing for a whole six days alongside other competitors in the motorcycle, quad and SSV classes helped us learn a lot about the goals, the motivations and the demands of Yamaha's potential 'clients'. I'd like to congratulate Alessandro Botturi and Sébastien Souday who won the Moto and Quad classes and helped Yamaha complete their domination in this event. Also, congratulations to the organising team, to Antonello Chiara, to my lovely teammate Camelia Liparoti and to all our assistance crew managed by Thierry Viardot and John Maillon."

Camelia Liparoti - Yamaha YXZ 1000R SS Camelia Liparoti – Co-driver
"We're leaving Sardinia with a hugely positive feedback. Battling for the win in the SSV class, we also had the chance to test our vehicle in a widely varied terrain. Eric has been a great driver and my goal was to assist as much as possible with the navigation. Overall, it was a tough event with quite challenging navigation. We had a few small issues but luckily we were quickly finding our way out of any difficult situation. Racing on any kind of terrain, from open WRC styled tracks to tight enduro trails we managed to demonstrate the great potential of our YXZ1000R SS machine. We had a great spirit with Eric and all our team members and I'm personally really happy we wrapped up the event with victory in our class."

Sardinia Rally 2017 - Final Classification - SSV Class
1. Eric de Seynes (FRA) & Camelia Liparoti (ITA), Yamaha, 22:41:59.40
2. Enrico Ercolani (ITA) & Paolo Politino (ITA), Polaris, 26:31:24.80

Sardinia Rally 2017 - Final Classification - Motorbike Class
1. Alessandro Botturi (ITA), Yamaha, 11:53:18.99
2. Oriol Mena (ESP), Honda, 11:59'58.27
3. Andrea Mancini (ITA), Beta, 12:21'39.54

Sardinia Rally 2017 - Final Classification - Quad Class
1. Sébastien Souday (FRA), Yamaha, 13:58'56.41
2. Rafal Sonik (POL), Yamaha, 17:41'43.06
3. Kamil Wisniewski (POL), Can Am, 24:21:09.40


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