Thor’s Adrien Vanbeveren kicks off stage one of The 2021 Kazakhstan Rally with 4th place.
With almost five months having passed since the Dakar Rally, the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team riders were excited to return to action with all racers completing the opening 280km special with strong rides, kickstarting the 2021 edition of Rally Kazakhstan in the best way possible.
Adrien Van Beveren put together an impressive ride on stage one to place fourth. After familiarising himself with a new style of roadbook used for this event, the Frenchman caught up to the leading riders but was forced to slow his pace to escape the dust kicked up by those ahead of him. Biding his time and concentrating on his navigation proved to be highly rewarding for the 30-year-old, as he stayed on the right course and found himself opening the stage after those in front made a mistake. Riding the final part of the stage in clean air, Van Beveren increased his pace and made up for lost time, going on to complete the special just seven minutes down on stage winner, and teammate, Ross Branch.
"Today was a good start to the event for me. We have a different style of roadbook compared to the Dakar, so it took some time to get used to that. After a while I got into it and started catching the riders ahead of me, but then I had to sit in their dust for over 100km and had to slow down a little. It was frustrating but then that group made a navigational mistake and then I found myself leading the stage. It was great to be in clean air and I was then able to make up a lot of time. Overall, I’m happy with how today went and I’m looking forward to tomorrow."
Rally Kazakhstan 2021:
Stage 1 Provisional Classification:
1. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:14:07;
2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:16:15 + 0:02:08;
3. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:17:44 + 0:03:37;
4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:21:23 + 0:07:16
5. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:21:46 + 0:07:39;
6. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 3:24:19 + 0:10:12;
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 1):
1. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:19:53
2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:22:04 + 0:02:11
3. Skyler Howes (Husqvarna) 3:23:36 + 0:03:43
4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:27:20 + 0:07:27
5. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:27:38 + 0:07:45
6. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 3:30:13 + 0:10:20