Dakar Rally - Stage 4 : Adrien endures longest stage of the Dakar
Stage four of the 2021 Dakar Rally provided the longest stage of the event at 813 kilometres, ensuring a gruelling day in the saddle for all competitors. Included was one of the shortest specials at 337 kilometres, which comprised of hardpack tracks and plenty of faster sections, all testing the mettle of each rider. With the stage now complete, and with many kilometres of racing ahead of them, Adrien safely reached the Saudi Arabian capital city of Riyadh.
The fast and rocky terrain found on stage four proved to be challenging for Van Beveren. Opting to focus on his navigation in order to minimise mistakes and maintain his consistency, the Frenchman completed the stage as the 10th fastest rider. With sandier stages ahead, Van Beveren is working towards stage results that will propel him up the provisional overall classification.
Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
"All good today. The stage was fast, which I don’t really like, so I concentrated on the roadbook and minimising mistakes to be consistent. Like always, I did my best and look forward to more sand dunes in the coming stages."
Leaving Riyadh and heading north to Al Qaisumah, stage five of the 2021 Dakar Rally will provide a challenging day of racing. Littered with rocky tracks and tough sand dunes, patience is needed to deliver a mistake-free stage as the rally moves nearer the halfway point.
Dakar Rally 2021:
Stage 4 Provisional Classification:
1. Joan Barreda (Honda) 2:46:50
2. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 2:52:59 + 0:06:09
3. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 2:53:12 + 0:06:22
4. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 2:53:47 + 0:06:57
5. Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna) 2:54:09 + 0:07:19
6. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 2:54:11 + 0:07:21
10. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 2:56:12 + 0:09:22
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 4):
1. Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna) 15:00:25
2. Joan Barreda (Honda) 15:00:40 + 0:00:15
3. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 15:05:49 + 0:05:24
4. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 15:05:49 + 0:05:24
5. Skyler Howes (KTM) 15:04:51 + 0:04:26
6. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 15:05:56 + 0:05:31
11. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 15:10:09 + 0:09:44