Yamaha, Monster Energy, Yuasa, Thor, Arai, SBE, Ets Audo Express, Astradec, Raffolé, Boulanger, Oakley, Alpine Star, MCP, Gentleman Factory…
2018 : ab. étape 10
2017 : 4e
2016 : 6e
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)
It may be through pain that he has learned to grow. After conquering the world of sand racing, with three straight wins in the disciplines most prestigious race, the Touquet, Adrien Van Beveren came to the Dakar with a well-earned reputation. He lived up this status, finishing 6th in his maiden participation in 2016, and then just one spot off the podium in 2017. On the 40th edition, he simultaneously had the most convincing and most painful race of his career. As he was about to finish stage 10 with a considerable lead from all of his rivals, the leader of the Yamaha team hit a stone that sent him flying off his bike. His hopes for the win disappeared and he also suffered a punctured lung and a broken collar bone. During the long recovery period, Adrien had the time to analyse this disillusionment and rethink his entire work ethic, by including the advice of his mentors Stéphane Peterhansel and Cyril Despres. To follow in their wheel tracks, the “sand racing wunderkind” fully assumes his victory aspirations. While he still has more to learn on the Dakar…a certain amount of maturity is now expected from the highly touted French rider.
“This fall on the last Dakar was just fate. I wasn’t riding too fast, I wasn’t over riding. It was very hard because my dream slipped through my fingers. Fortunately, I soon understood that I wold be okay physically. I never doubted for a second that I would return to the Dakar and I very soon knew it would be this year. I thought it was long, even more so as the doctors didn’t want to operate on the collar bone at first and the healing dragged on. But now, I have no pain at all and I ride just as fast as before. In any case, I very quickly understood just how much I enjoyed what I was doing. I didn’t have any doubts, but when you can’t do it, there are a few qualms. Then, I found it all to be a bit long, I was surprised by how much patience I had, I got to know myself. Last year I was leading the rally as we were leaving Peru. I love the dunes. I hope that navigation will be hard and that I get lost then find my way! I know that I have everything I need to win. The competition will be rude, but I am not worried too much about that. If I had to define the style of my adversaries, I would say they attack more than I do. Kevin Benavides for example, seems to always be flat out, whereas I look for fluidity more than anything else. In any case, we get on very well and there is a lot of respect among us. They are all my mates, but I want to beat them all.”
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Adrien Van Beveren has finally managed to finish the special. The Yamaha rider finished 70th, a full 3 h 30 behind the winner. Plummeting to 14th place overall will be the least of his concerns, however, with the threat of disqualification hanging over him for completing the special on a pick-up truck.
Another shocking twist in this dramatic Dakar! Adrien Van Beveren, who started the stage in fourth place overall, has broken his engine with 16 km to go. Another favourite bites the dust within sight of Lima, just one day after Ricky Brabec was also knocked out by an engine failure!
Placed second in the general standings this morning, due to navigational errors the Yamaha rider was not able to take advantage of Ricky Brabec dropping out of the race.
“The day was hard again. To start in the fog and in the fesh-fesh is not easy. I’m not super happy about my stage. I wanted to push maybe too much and I made some navigation mistakes, which...
Having started the day second in the general standings this morning, Adrien Van Beveren could have led the rally this evening following Ricky Brabec's premature exit from the race at the start of the special. However, the Yamaha rider was not up with the pace on the way to Pisco and has lost more than 11 minutes to Matthias Walkner. This evening, the Frenchman will find himself...
Fourth in today's stage, the Yamaha rider is starting to reap the benefits of his consistency and is now third overall, less than eight minutes behind Ricky Brabec.
"I was just catching up with the group on the dunes when I saw them turning around in circles. I realised they were unable to find the WP, so I pulled away and validated the waypoint, but Matthias saw me and...
Toby Price and Adrien Van Beveren have stayed out of the spotlight since the start of the Dakar, but their consistency is starting to pay off and the two riders are now on the provisional podium, about 7 minutes behind Ricky Brabec.
Adrien Van Beveren finished fifth today and is also sitting fifth overall, still a threat at less than 10 minutes behind new leader Pablo Quintanilla. The Yamaha rider is banking on a war of attrition.
"The rest day was a godsend because we've been having short nights. Today's special was hard. I stopped to help Santolino after he crashed, and it always feels weird,...
Adrien Van Beveren has finished the stage in ninth place, 16'44" behind the winner, but he will probably be deducted the eight minutes he spent helping Lorenzo Santolino after the Spaniard's crash.
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