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ATTENTION - IMPORTANT INFORMATION: DUE TO THE STRIKE MOVEMENT EXPECTED ON DECEMBER 5th IN FRANCE, THE SCRUTINEERING AND THE BOARDING WILL TAKE PLACE ON DECEMBER 3rd AND 4th.
N°4 Bike YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM
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ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN

(fra) Born on 04/01/1991 1.87m / 86kg

Sponsors

Yamaha, Monster Energy, Yuasa, Thor, Arai, SBE, Ets Audo Express, Astradec, Raffolé, Boulanger, Oakley, Alpine Star, MCP, …

2019 : ab. étape 9
2018 : ab. étape 10
2017 : 4e
2016 : 6e

2019 : Merzouga Rally (1er), Silk Way Rally (3e), Rallye du Maroc (26e)
2018 : Desafio Inca (5e), Rallye du Maroc (6e)
2017 : 2e de L’Enduropale du Touquet
2016 : Vainqueur de l’Enduropale du Touquet, de la Ronde des Sables Loon Plage, 2e au Beach Cross de Berck, 6e Rallye du Maroc, 3e Merzouga Rally
2015 : vainqueur de l’Enduropale du Touquet, vainqueur de l’Enduro del Verano (Arg), 12e du Rallye de Sardaigne, 13e du Rallye du Maroc, 7e du Merzouga Rallye
2014 : vainqueur de l’Enduropale du Touquet, Champion de France des Sables
2013 : vainqueur de l’Enduro del Verano (Arg)

Interview

“I’ve learned that consistency pays off”

The Dakar is a test in the truest sense of the term. Adrian Van Beveren has learned the hard way, but has taken it all in stride…and clearly it is the best attitude for him to have to reach his ultimate goal. After conquering the sand racing world, winning the disciplines headliner race, the Touquet three years on the trot, he arrived on the Dakar scene with a solid reputation that he confirmed. After finishing 6th in his first go in 2016, then 4th in 2017, he rode his best, but also most painful rally in 2018. As he was about to finish stage 10 with a healthy lead from his rivals, the Yamaha team leader hit a stone that violently threw him of his bike, resulting in a punctured lung and broken collarbone, dashing his hopes for victory. Another disappointment followed in 2019 when his engine let him down while he was, once again, riding towards victory, two days from the finish. However, the discouraging sequence of events hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm and determination of the “Petit Prince des sables”, who bounced back with a win on the Merzouga Rally in the Spring and he comes to Saudi Arabia with a clean bill of health. This could be the time for Van Beveren to take Yamaha to victory, 22 years after the last win on two-wheels for his mentor Stéphane Peterhansel.

“I still feel like the young guy that I was when I did my Dakar first in 2016…but I am more experienced. My dream and goal are to win the Dakar. I came really close in 2018 and I retain important things from all of these difficult experiences. The blown engine last year was a heart-breaker. But I also realized that while not being at my best physical peak, I was able to race for the lead in the late stages of the rally: I was still in sync with my goal. So, I learned that consistency pays off. I'm not trying to win specials, and that's how I can win the Dakar. There were some things that were quickly called into question that helped me a lot at Yamaha. They immediately said to me “you did your job 100%, it's up to us to get back to work', they then worked hard all year to improve the engine, both in terms of performance and reliability. I know that the field is very strong, which is awesome. There are a lot of us who could win…maybe too many! I know that this year my preparation is optimal. I want my fitness to be on par with the demands of the rally, which are enormous, from the opening stage to the finish.”

Vehicle

YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : WR450F
  • Performance tuner : Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Assistance : Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Class : M_G1.1 : ELITE

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