Courtesy of Yamaha Racing
Continuing their 2019 Dakar Rally adventure, the four Yamalube Yamaha Rally riders have tackled a fast-paced and highly-challenging stage two of the event in Peru. Leading the team’s efforts in South America, Adrien Van Beveren secured a strong seventh place result and is currently seventh in the event’s provisional overall standings.
Living up to everyone’s expectations, the 2019 Dakar Rally is proving to be demanding right from the get go. With stage two of the event taking competitors further south in the Peruvian countryside, all four Yamalube Yamaha Rally riders have safely reached the San Juan de Marcona bivouac.
Working hard to avoid costly mistakes during today’s stage, Van Beveren posted the seventh best time in Tuesday’s timed special. Currently seventh in the provisional overall rankings, the WR450F Rally powered racer is looking ahead to the coming stages of the rally.
Xavier de Soultrait was the second Yamaha powered rider on Tuesday’s special stage. Collecting a 13th place result on stage two, the rider from France is currently 12th in the provisional overall standings.
Suffering some pain in his recently operated leg, Franco Caimi opted to take no risks during stage two. Bringing his Yamaha home in 18th position, the Argentinean is positive for some better performances in the stages to come.
Experienced rally racer Rodney Faggotter put in another steady performance on stage two of this year’s Dakar. Collecting a 29th place result, the Aussie is now 27th in the provisional overall.
The YXZ1000R powered crew of Camelia Liparoti and Rosa Romero are now 61st in the car category’s overall standings.
Wednesday’s stage three will see riders return to the dunes of the South American country. It features a massive distance of 798km and includes a timed special of 342km.
Adrien Van Beveren – Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider
7th Stage 2 / 7th Overall
“Today we were treated with a fast and difficult stage. There was a lot of fesh-fesh and some parts with loads of stones. It’s quite hard to feel comfortable racing in this terrain but I did my best to stay close to the leaders. There were also lots of tracks from the cars and it was easy to make navigational mistakes. In the dunes I felt good on my bike and managed to gain some time, but overall I had to be patient and try not to make costly mistakes. There’s still a long way to go in this Dakar and I’m now are set on tomorrow’s stage three.”
Xavier de Soultrait – Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider
13th Stage 2 / 12th Overall
“It was a fast day that reminded me a lot of a Baja race. There were some tricky parts and I tried to stay focused on my navigation. The race has just started for me. Tomorrow we will have another difficult stage. It seems to be a stage with demanding navigation and I am ready for it. My plan is to take one stage at a time without pushing too hard or going over the limit. The race is long and I’m sure there will be many more chances to make up for the time lost during these first two stages.”
Franco Caimi – Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider
18th Stage 2 / 17th Overall
“It was a challenging day but we are still in the race to the finish. The stage was super long and I felt some pain on my leg. Tonight I’ll try to work with our team’s physio and I’m hoping things will be better tomorrow. The race has just started and we haven’t even entered the crucial dune stages of this Dakar. At the moment, I am happy I am racing my Yamaha and I really want to improve my speed in the coming stages.”
Rodney Faggotter – Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider
29th Stage 2 / 27th Overall
“We’re just two days into this Dakar and we’ve already entered the most demanding stages. The stage today was fast and long. For me, the goal is to remain consistent and bring my Yamaha back at the bivouac safely. It’s all going according to plan so far and I’m looking forward to the dune stages to come.”
Dakar Rally 2019
Stage 2 Provisional Classification
1. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 03:23:57
2. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 03:24:19, +00:22
3. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 03:25:38, +01:41
4. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 03:27:03, +03:06
5. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 03:27:21, +03:24
6. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 03:30:00, +06:03
7. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 03:33:02, +09:05
13. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 03:40:08, +16:11
18. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 03:47:40, +23:43
29. Rodney Faggotter (AUS), Yamaha, 03:57:10, +33:13
Dakar Rally 2019
Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 2
1. Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 04:23:14
2. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 04:24:45, +01:31
3. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 04:24:47, +01:33
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 04:26:31, +03:17
5. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 04:27:47, +04:33
6. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 04:30:32, +07:18
7. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 04:33:33, +10:19
12. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 04:43:38, +20:24
17. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 04:53:01, +29:47
27. Rodney Faggotter (AUS), Yamaha, 05:06:13, +42:59