News Sat 11 August 2018

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Gear Up For 2018 Atacama Rally

Looking forward to returning to competitive action, the trio of Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Franco Caimi are all-set to contest the six-day-long Atacama Rally 2018 - round three of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, this coming week in Chile.

This 2018 edition of the Atacama Rally will offer the three Yamaha WR450F Rally powered racers the chance to challenge themselves in true rally conditions as they continue their preparation for the coming Dakar Rally in January, 2019.

Working hard to get back to full competitive fitness following his injury last January, Adrien Van Beveren is looking at gradually building on the impressive speed that saw him as one of the revelations of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Looking forward to some challenging racing miles aboard his WR450F Rally machine in Chile, the Frenchman wants to continue improving in all aspects of his riding and navigation ahead of the coming edition of the Dakar.

Feeling physically and mentally strong, Xavier de Soultrait will be a force to be reckoned with this coming week in the dunes of Chile. Undergoing surgery shortly after the 2018 Dakar, Xavier has been back training on his Yamaha since April. Taking his time to return to full fitness, Xavier is highly motivated to go after a good overall result at this coming edition of the Atacama Rally.

Following his highly positive fourth place result at the Merzouga Rally back in April, Franco Caimi will be looking to go even higher at the 2018 Atacama Rally. Working hard during the last few months to further improve his speed and navigation, the rider from Argentina will be a strong asset for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team this coming week in Chile.

Featuring a total race distance of 1,200km over a mix a mountain, valley and coastal terrain within the Atacama Region of Chile, the 2018 Atacama Rally will be challenging for all competitors. The event will kick off with the Prologue on Monday, August 13, before racers set off for five tough stages around the city of Copiapó. The scheduled finish will again be in the city of Copiapó on August 18, 2018.

Race Schedule - Atacama Rally 2018

Prologue | August 13 | Antay Copiapó
Stage 1 | August 14 | Copiapó - Copiapó
Stage 2 | August 15 | Copiapó - Vallenar - Copiapó
Stage 3 | August 16 | Copiapó - Inca de Oro - Copiapó
Stage 4 | August 17 | Copiapó - Chañaral - Copiapó
Stage 5 | August 18 | Copiapó - Copiapó

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