Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge

Stage 1: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge – Vanbeveren completes stage 1 in 5th.

Posting the fifth-fastest time on stage one, Adrien Van Beveren enjoyed the testing conditions found on the opening day of the rally.

Leading the stage for 60 kilometres and maintaining his strong pace throughout the 262-kilometre special, the Frenchman delivered an excellent result to finish just under five minutes behind Ross Branch after nearly three and a half hours of racing.

He is now focused on tomorrow’s stage two which brings the longest special of the five-day event, with the 470.58-kilometre stage including a 333.43-kilometre timed special against the clock.

"I’m happy with today. After not such a good time in the prologue yesterday I started down the order but quickly caught up and led the stage from kilometre 100 to kilometre 160. So this was a challenge, but I enjoyed it. To finish just five minutes behind Ross is great after opening a lot of the stage and by finishing fifth, I start tomorrow in a great position to follow the lines and hopefully I can produce another strong result."

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

Race results: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge 2021

Stage 1 Provisional Classification:
1. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:20:19
2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:20:25 + 0:00:06
3. Franco Caimi (Hero) 3:23:21 + 0:03:02
4. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 3:23:26 + 0:03:07
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:25:11 + 0:04:52
6. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:26:26 + 0:06:07

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 1):
1. Ross Branch (Yamaha) 3:25:14
2. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:25:35 + 0:00:04
3. Daniel Sanders (GASGAS) 3:28:38 + 0:03:06
4. Franco Caimi (Hero) 3:28:39 + 0:03:07
5. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:30:36 + 0:05:04
6. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:31:44 + 0:06:13