N°4 Bike MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
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ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN

(fra) 1.87m / 85kg

Hobbies

moto de piste, jetski, VTT, rallye voiture, buggy…

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

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM

  • Mark : YAMAHA
  • Model : WR450F
  • Performance tuner : Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Assistance : Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team
  • Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites

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All news of A. Van beveren

Newsflashes - 07/01 13:33 [GMT +3] - Moto

Medical report on Adrien Van Beveren

After an initial examination at the bivouac in Neom, the French rider has a collar bone fracture and bruised hip. He has been taken to the King Khalid hospital in Tabuk for further examinations and medical care.

Newsflashes - 07/01 09:26 [GMT +3] - Moto

Van Beveren falls and exits the race

The Yamaha rider has suffered a severe fall after just three kilometres of the day’s special. He has not lost consciousness, but has been attended to by the medical team and transported by helicopter to the bivouac in Neom.

Reactions - 06/01 14:19 [GMT +3] - Moto

Adrien Van Beveren: “I’m struggling to find the right balance”

The Yamaha leader had a problem with his front wheel today, but is especially having trouble in making his mark on this edition of the Dakar.

“It’s not turning out as I would have liked it to. I’m focusing on navigation because it’s difficult, but in the meantime, I’m not accelerating and I’m losing time. I’m...

Newsflashes - 06/01 08:24 [GMT +3] - Moto

Van Beveren and De Soultrait in the hunt

After a disappointing first stage, the two official Yamaha riders Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait will be attempting to take advantage of the tracks made by Price and others to regain some time today, putting them in an ideal position to pick up a good result.

Newsflashes - 05/01 11:07 [GMT +3] - Moto

Van Beveren plays it safe

After failing to finish the previous two editions, Adrien Van Beveren is acutely aware that the Dakar will not be decided on the first day. The Frenchman is tackling the opening stage with caution and trailing Toby Price by 5′40″.

Reactions - 04/01 11:08 [GMT +3]

Adrien Van Beveren: "You need to be ready for everything, but you can't anticipate everything"

The Yamaha leader knows what it feels like to be knocked out of the race while in contention for overall victory in the closing stages of the Dakar two years in a row. However, the biker from northern France remains as upbeat as ever.

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