Enjoying a well-deserved break in Arequipa on Saturday, Yamalube Yamaha Rally team riders Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait are set to attack the second part of this year’s Dakar Rally.
Currently sitting fifth and eighth respectively in the provisional overall standings, the two WR450F Rally powered riders are determined to continue their fight for glory in the Peruvian countryside.
Overcoming the added pressure of the first few days, Adrien Van Beveren is now looking to show his full potential on the second week of the Dakar. Enjoying a mistake-free race, Adrien is now fifth overall and less than seven minutes behind the provisional overall leader.
Delivering Yamaha its first stage victory at this year’s Dakar by winning stage three, Xavier de Soultrait is now eighth in the provisional overall. Physically and mentally strong, the rider from France is looking to take advantage of his acute navigational skills as the race enters it hardest part this coming week.
Racing a stock YXZ1000R machine in the UTV Open category of this Dakar, the 100% female team of Camelia Liparoti and co-driver Rosa Romero Font are still in the race for the finish. Battling through tough stages and lack of sleep, Camelia and Rosa have their eyes set on crossing the finish line in Lima on January 17.
Taking competitors back to Lima, the second week is expected to be long and demanding. The second part of the race commences on Saturday afternoon, when riders will head to the start of stage six. Scheduled for Sunday is a 336km long timed special.