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Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Polaris Finishes Three at DAKAR


First manufacturer with official team sees three of four finish!

Minneapolis, January 20, 2009 –The 2009 DAKAR saw 23 ATVs start with only 13 finishing. Of that 13, three were members of Team Polaris!

French Racer Hubert Deltrieu, winner of the DAKAR Series Central Europ, Lybia Desert Challenge, Pharaons Rallye and second at the DAKAR Series Portugal, had a very good showing taking fourth. Eric Carlini took eighth and Betty Kraft took ninth and became the first woman to finish the DAKAR on an ATV. Italian Racer Pietro Fogliani had to leave the race due to a hand injury.

“We are very proud of the racers and their efforts at DAKAR,” said Eric Nault, race team manager for Polaris. “Having three out of four finishers is a true testament of both the riders’ and machine’s grittiness and endurance, and we congratulate Deltrieu, Carlini and Kraft on their incredible achievements.”

All racers ran the 2009 Outlaw 525 IRS for the race. The Outlaw 525 IRS is endurance race proven and its Independent Rear Suspension provided a smooth ride and reduced rider fatigue.

About Polaris
With annual 2007 sales of $1.8 billion, Polaris designs, engineers, manufactures and markets all terrain vehicles (ATVs), including the Polaris RANGER™, snowmobiles and Victory motorcycles for recreational and utility use. Polaris is a recognized leader in the snowmobile industry; and one of the largest manufacturers of ATVs in the world. Victory motorcycles, established in 1998 and representing the first all-new American made motorcycle from a major company in nearly 60 years, are rapidly making impressive in-roads into the cruiser and touring motorcycle marketplace. Polaris also enhances the riding experience with a complete line of Pure Polaris apparel, accessories and parts, available at Polaris dealerships. Polaris Industries Inc. trades on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol “PII,” and the Company is included in the S&P Small-Cap 600 stock price index. Information about the complete line of Polaris products, apparel and vehicle accessories is available from authorized Polaris dealers or anytime from the Polaris homepage at www.polarisindustries.com.

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