Positive End To Xavier De Soultrait’s 2019 Dakar Rally Campaign
Bringing their participation in the 2019 Dakar Rally to a close on Thursday, the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team saw WR450F Rally mounted Xavier de Soultrait secure a highly positive sixth place result in the rally's overall standings.
Claiming his fourth consecutive top 10 stage result today in Peru, Xavier de Soultrait solidified his strong result inside the top six in the event's final standings. Enjoying a great final performance aboard his WR450F Rally, during the event Xavier won stage three before placing third two days later on stage five. He secured a place inside the overall top 10 on stage three and remained there until the end of the event in Lima.
The 2019 Dakar Rally has been one of mixed fortunes for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally squad. With de Soultrait being the highest placed Yamaha racer in the final standings, his teammate Adrien Van Beveren was unable to finish the penultimate stage and had to sit out the final day of racing in Peru. One of the most consistent riders at this year's Dakar, Adrien had finished inside the top seven in all of the first eight stages of the rally.
Representing Yamaha at this Dakar, Franco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter entered the event with high expectations but were both not able to go further than stage two of the event. Strongly represented in the UTV open class of this Dakar, Yamaha saw the 100% female crew of Camelia Liparoti and Rosa Romero cross the finish line of the event today in Lima.
Xavier de Soultrait - Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider
8th Stage 10 / 6th Overall
"This was a hard Dakar and this result is the best reward for me and my team. All the members of the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team have done an amazing job these last two weeks here in Peru. My bike was running great from start to finish and it was really a pleasure to race in these difficult conditions. I'm also happy because we've made some big improvements this year with the bike and our whole approach to the race as a team. From my side, I had studied this race a lot and I just did my best to stay within my goals for each stage. The win on stage three shows we're on the right track. We take the experience collected from this rally and hope to come back even stronger in the future."
Alexandre Kowalski – Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team Director
"Xavier did a great job and to see him end the race on a high is a big reward for all the team. Today's stage was short and we were not expecting many things to change. We wanted Xavier to bring his Yamaha home in a good position and that's exactly what he did. As for Adrien, he's already on his way back to France and really determined to come back even stronger next year. He worked hard this year and his eyes are now focused on the future. This Dakar has given us some mixed emotions but once again this year we proved we have a competitive bike and a great team with riders who can battle for victory. I'm really proud of the hard work all our riders and team members have put in this year."
Dakar Rally 2019
Stage 10 Provisional Classification
1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 01:14:01
2. Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 01:16:22, +02:21
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 01:16:39, +02:38
4. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 01:17:20, +03:19
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 01:17:21, +03:20
6. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 01:18:00, +03:59
8. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 01:20:17, +06:16
Dakar Rally 2019
Provisional Overall Classification
1. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 33:57:16
2. Matthias Walkner (AUT), 34:06:29, +09:13
3. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 34:10:50, +13:34
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 34:18:02, 20:46
5. Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 34:41:26, +44:10
6. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 34:51:16, +54:00
Dakar Rally 2019
Stage 1 | Jan 7 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 84km | Total: 331km
Stage 2 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 342km | Total: 554km
Stage 3 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 331km | Total: 779km
Stage 4 | Jan 10 | Arequipa to Moquegua | SS: 352km | Total: 511km
Stage 5 | Jan 11 | Moquegua to Arequipa | SS: 345km | Total: 776km
Rest Day | Jan 12 | Arequipa
Stage 6 | Jan 13 | Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 317km | Total: 839km
Stage 7 | Jan 14 | San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 323km | Total: 387km
Stage 8 | Jan 15 | San Juan de Marcona to Pisco | SS: 361km | Total: 576km
Stage 9 | Jan 16 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 313km | Total: 410km
Stage 10 | Jan 17 | Pisco to Lima | SS: 112km | Total: 358km