Yamaha Takes Overall Dakar Rally Lead

By Reporter, The HighLand Times, Wednesday January 10 2018

Van Beveren Wins Stage Four.

Putting in a brilliant stage performance aboard his WR450F Rally machine, Adrien Van Beveren has won stage four of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

In doing so the Frenchman takes control of the event's provisional overall standings.

Making the day even more special for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, Adrien's team-mate Xavier de Soultrait claimed the runner-up spot on the stage to move up to a very strong fifth position in the provisional overall standings.

Everything went according to plan for Van Beveren on Tuesday's stage four of the Dakar.

Making full use of his advantageous starting position - within the second group of riders - he put his vast sand racing experience to good use.

Remaining focused on his navigation and pushing hard until the very end, he completed the timed special stage five minutes faster than his teammate Xavier de Soultrait and a blistering seven minutes faster than the rest of the field.

Four stages into this year's Dakar Rally and Van Beveren is currently leading the overall standings by a little less than two minutes over his closest rival Pablo Quintanilla.

With still a long way to go in this 40th edition of the event, Adrien remains focused on the ultimate goal of making history by bringing Yamaha back to the top of the Dakar Rally.

Fast from the get go, Xavier de Soultrait enjoyed his best stage to date in this year's event.

Being among the first group of riders to take the start, the Frenchman found himself provisionally leading the pack, only to be passed by his team-mate Van Beveren after the halfway mark. Securing the runner-up spot of the stage, Xavier is now fifth in the rally's provisional overall standings, seven minutes and 34 seconds behind Adrien.

Stage four saw Franco Caimi put in yet another strong performance in this year's Dakar Rally.

Avoiding any costly mistakes the young rider from Argentina claimed 11th on the stage to move up to eighth in the overall standings.

Enjoying a mistake-free performance, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Rodney Faggoter has now made it into the top 20 in the rally's overall standings.

Securing 21st on stage four, the Aussie racer is now 18th in the overall standings.

Yamaha's domination continues in the quad class of the 2018 Dakar Rally.

With Sergei Kariakin winning the stage, Chile's Ignacio Casale retains the provisional overall lead after stage four of the rally.

Leaving the San Juan de Marcona bivouac and heading south, competitors will have to race a 266km-long special stage on their way to the city of Arequipa tomorrow.

The fifth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally will be one more test for their strength and stamina as the race slowly moves towards the high fields of Bolivia.



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