The 11th stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally was originally billed as the longest of the event before a minor alteration reduced the timed special to 464 kilometres. The stage opened with a number of technical, slow speed and rocky sections before a punishing stretch of close to 100 kilometres of sand dunes provided a physical test as the stage neared its conclusion.
Continuing with his strong run of form during week two of the 2021 Dakar Rally, Adrien Van Beveren again impressed on stage 11, delivering yet another solid ride to successfully complete the special among the leading riders. With the Frenchman picking up his pace as he entered the sand dunes, the 30-year-old put his sand riding skills to effective use, ending the stage in a well-deserved 10th place. Following another strong result, AVB advances to eighth in the provisional standings with one day of racing to go.
Tomorrow, the 12th and final stage of the 2021 Dakar Rally offers the final chance for Adrien to climb higher up the overall standings. With the last day of the rally featuring the shortest special at just 225 kilometres, it will be an intense race to the finish line in Jeddah.