“I have the speed to be among the Top 5”
At just 25 years of age, Adrien Van Beveren was a stand out on the 2016 Dakar, finishing a very encouraging 6th place (best placed French rider) in his maiden participation. This professional rider is a sand racing specialists with three Enduropale victories to his credit, and is now on the rally-raiding fast track. His run on the 2016 edition convinced the factory Yamaha team, which signed him to do the next three Dakars…A ‘new' career for this young man from France's Nord Department, whose path to moto-cross began one Christmas Eve night with a mini-bike under the tree, which triggered the traditional racing chain of events: instructional league, Pee-Wee, then motocross and super-cross…Later on Adrien moved to sand racing with meteoric success. Three consecutive Touquet triumphs (the first at just the age of 23), with the last coming just after his return from the Dakar. Nicknamed the ‘Little Prince of the Sand' Adrien Van Beveren is an ambitious lad but doesn't want to take any shortcuts and knows he is right not to do so. His idol? None other than Stéphane Peterhansel…Serious in his training and approach to competition, he believes that today he has the best conditions to improve and ‘one day' reach his goal: win the Dakar.
“The 2016 Dakar opened doors and gave me a new career. This 6th place proved to me that technically I am capable of racing at the sharp end of the order. In signing me for the next three editions, Yamaha is providing me with the best possible conditions with a competitive bike and all the experience of the staff, and especially that of Jordi Acarons. This year, I raced in several rallies and took my first podium on the Merzouga. I know I still have a lot to learn. My objective is, like last year, to be at the finish line of the 2017 Dakar. I have the speed to be among the Top 5, but there are so many hazards on a race like the Dakar, so I have to keep a cool head, not take any shortcuts and not take any unnecessary risks. I want to put in the kilometres and gain experience to reach my goal.”