News Fri 24 August 2018

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Make Significant Progress At Atacama Rally

Entering the most vital part of their preparation for the upcoming Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders are more than satisfied with the progress made at this year's Atacama Rally. Getting valuable racing time aboard their WR450F Rally machines Franco Caimi, Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait placed fifth, eighth and 11th respectively at the 2018 edition of the event in Chile.

Racing more than 1,300km over a wide variety of terrain, the three Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders challenged themselves against the elite of international rally racers in really tough conditions. From the massive dunes north of Copiapó to the fast trails in desert south of the Chilean mining city, the 2018 Atacama Rally proved to be quite a challenge.

Kicking off his participation at the 2018 Atacama Rally with a solid runner-up result on the event's short Prologue, Franco Caimi continued battling for the overall podium all through the week in Chile. Collecting yet another top three result by placing third on stage four, the rider from Argentina wrapped up the rally with a strong fifth place in the final overall standings.

Back to full fitness following his Dakar Rally injury, Adrien Van Beveren made some good steps towards the right direction this last week in Chile. Feeling strong aboard his WR450F Rally machine, Adrien kept building on his speed and confidence to earn a positive eighth overall in the rally's final overall standings.

Battling through a crash during the opening stages of the Atacama Rally, Xavier de Soultrait managed to cross the finish line of the five-stage long event in 11th position. Satisfied with his speed, the Frenchman now has his eyes set on the team's next multi-stage rally in September.

Following their strong outing in Chile, the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team will soon head to Peru in order to contest the 2018 Desafio Inka Rally on September 14/16.

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