Rally Dakar 2022: Stage 11

Stage 11 Dakar Rally: Van Beveren battles with navigation on penultimate stage.

After a highly positive day at the Dakar Rally yesterday for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team, stage 11 has proved to be a seriously tough test of both patience and stamina.

Entering the penultimate day of the event as the provisional overall leader, Adrien Van Beveren suffered a frustrating navigational issue early on, which cost the Frenchman considerable time. Recovering the best he could to eventually place 15th, he now lies fourth overall. 

Along with many riders who struggled to validate a waypoint early on stage 11, Adrien Van Beveren lost close to 10 minutes to the overall rally leaders just four kilometres into the timed special. But without losing his focus, the Frenchman soon returned to the main racing line and began to reel in the leading riders. Continuing his charge, the Yamaha WR450F Rally racer then opened the final 60 kilometres of the special, navigating with precision and completing the stage in 15th. The penultimate day of the Dakar Rally 2022 was a frustrating day for Van Beveren, who is now fourth in the overall provisional classification.

"It was a hard one today. Just four kilometres in I struggled to validate a waypoint and it easily cost me 10 minutes. It was a frustrating start to the stage but then I really pushed hard, harder than at any time in the rally so far. I caught the leading group of riders with around 60 kilometres to go and then just kept pushing hard. The gap to the lead is big now, but I will fight to the end."

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

Race results:

Stage 11 Provisional Classification:
1. Kevin Benavides (KTM) 3:30:56
2. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 3:31:00 + 0:00:04
3. Joaquim Rodrigues (Hero) 3:33:22 + 0:02:26
4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 3:35:50 + 0:04:54
5. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 3:36:18 + 0:05:22
6. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 3:38:36 + 0:07:40
15. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:52:29 + 0:21:33

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 11):

1. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 37:04:05
2. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 37:10:57 + 0:06:52
3. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 37:11:20 + 0:07:15
4. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 37:19:35 + 0:15:30
5. Joan Barreda (Honda) 37:31:59 + 0:27:54
6. Ricky Brabec (Honda) 37:41:29 + 0:37:24