Dakar, Stage 9: Van Beveren rides to 5th

Dakar Rally - Stage 9 : Van Beveren rides to 5th

Stage nine of the 2021 Dakar Rally was a loop stage beginning in, and returning to, Neom, on the sandy shore of the Red Sea. After a few kilometres riding over smooth sand, the 465-kilometre special – the second longest of the entire rally - took riders inland onto sandy tracks and rocky trails that formed much of the stage’s terrain. Nearing the conclusion, accurate navigation through many technical canyons was needed in order to secure a strong result.

As the 13th rider to enter the day’s special, Adrien Van Beveren had an optimal starting position for the stage but opted to concentrate on his road book and focus on riding his own race. The strategy worked with the Frenchman quickly up to speed on the challenging terrain. Reaching each checkpoint among the leading riders, AVB placed a fine fifth overall - his best result in this year’s event and a positive boost for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team. Following his strong performance on stage nine, Adrien advances to 10th in the general rankings and looks forward to the final three stages.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

"Today was a really good day for me and I’m really pleased with my riding, my navigation, everything went perfect for me. There wasn’t as much sand on the stage as expected, but I was still able to make a good result, so this gives me a lot of confidence for the coming days. It feels like all the work that I put in has finally paid off, up until today it didn’t feel that way so I have a really good feeling now and look ahead to ending the Dakar with more strong results."

The 10th stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally opens with beautiful scenery and breath taking views of the Red Sea, before heading east and into a series of rocky canyons. Patience and accurate navigation throughout the 342-kilometre special will ensure strong stage results ahead of the penultimate day of racing.

Dakar Rally 2021:

Stage 4 Provisional Classification:

1. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 4:49:15
2. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 4:50:33 + 0:01:18
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 4:50:49 + 0:01:34
4. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 4:59:26 + 0:10:11
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 5:03:07 + 0:13:52
6. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 5:03:34 + 0:14:19

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 4):

1. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 36:51:00
2. Kevin Benavides (Honda) 37:02:24 + 0:11:24
3. Sam Sunderland (KTM) 37:05:34 + 0:14:34
4. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 37:08:26 + 0:17:26
5. Joan Barreda (Honda) 37:20:00 + 0:29:00
6. Daniel Sanders (KTM) 37:29:23 + 0:38:23

10. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 37:53:48 + 1:02:48