Dakar, Stage 5: navigation errors

Dakar Rally - Stage 5 : Van Beveren deals with navigation errors

Setting off from Riyadh and heading north to Al Qaisumah, stage five of the 2021 Dakar Rally provided a very long and tough day of racing, with stage times for the leading riders exceeding five hours. Featuring mixed terrain with rocky tracks and challenging sand dunes throughout, patience was needed to deliver a mistake-free ride with many competitors caught out by the tricky navigation.

Adrien Van Beveren was the 11th rider to enter stage five. With his beneficial starting position, the Frenchman quickly caught the leading riders until a navigational error cost the Frenchman just over 20 minutes. Following his mistake, Adrien was left with little choice but to charge hard in a bid to reclaim the lost time, going on to successfully complete the stage. Now, the recently turned 30-year-old looks forward to the sand dunes he’ll face tomorrow and will enter stage six in 23rd with his full focus being on making up for the time lost.


Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

"Today was going really well for me but I made a mistake with my navigation and struggled to find a waypoint. It’s disappointing but these things happen. The important thing is that I am healthy, and tomorrow’s stage in the sand will be good for me. I believe I can make up a lot of the time and then we will have a rest day to regroup our focus on the second week of racing."

With five stages of the 2021 Dakar Rally now complete, stage six takes riders west to Ha’il and includes a 448-kilometre special set entirely within rolling sand dunes. Following the completion of the stage, racers will take a well-earned rest day on Saturday ahead of six further days of racing, beginning with the event’s marathon stage.

Dakar Rally 2021:

Stage 4 Provisional Classification:

1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 5:09:50
2. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 5:10:50 + 0:01:00
3. Toby Price (KTM) 5:11:10 + 0:01:20
4. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 5:12:19 + 0:02:29
5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 5:14:07 + 0:04:17
6. Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna) 5:17:45 + 0:07:55

23. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 5:44:21 + 0:34:31

10. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 2:56:12 + 0:09:22

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 4):

1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 20:15:39
2. Xavier de Soultrait (Husqvarna) 20:18:10 + 0:02:31
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 20:19:21 + 0:03:42
4. Toby Price (KTM) 20:19:22 + 0:03:43
5. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 20:21:45 + 0:06:06
6. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 20:25:10 + 0:09:31

15. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 20:54:30 + 0:38:51