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Adrien Van Beveren Is Back On Top At Dakar Rally 2022

Adrien Van Beveren Is Back On Top At Dakar Rally 2022

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has retaken the lead at the Dakar Rally following the conclusion of today’s stage 10. Delivering his best result of the rally so far with a third-place finish on what was a truly technical special, the Frenchman now returns to the head of the field in the provisional overall standings with a near six-minute advantage over his closest rival. Rounding out an undeniably positive day for the team, Andrew Short also posted his best stage result by completing the special as the fifth fastest rider and now advances three spots in the overall rankings to seventh with two stages remaining.

Even with his less than favourable starting position on stage 10, Adrien Van Beveren set off ninth yet set a blistering pace to quickly reel in the leading riders. From there, the recently turned 31-year-old rode his own race, navigating superbly through the rocky canyons near to the end of the 374-kilometre special to post the third fastest time - his best stage result of the rally so far. Following another strong day in the desert, Van Beveren now enjoys a healthy advantage at the top of the overall standings.

Adrien’s Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team teammate Andrew Short also enjoyed a successful stage 10 with the American securing the fifth fastest time, earning his best stage finish at the 2022 Dakar. As the sixth rider to enter the special, Andrew did a tremendous job in maintaining his high pace through the technical stage. And with the exception of a minor navigational mistake, he successfully brought his Yamaha WR450F Rally home among the leading group of riders.

In the Light Prototype class, Camelia Liparoti continues to enjoy a positive race at the Dakar Rally with the Italian now lying eighth in the provisional standings with two stages and a scheduled 508 kilometres of racing remaining.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

3rd Stage 10

Like every day I focused heavily on my roadbook and rode the stage with a strong pace throughout. Navigation wasn’t easy today, especially with so many canyons in places, but I did a really good job, I think. I did struggle to find a couple of waypoints but otherwise it was another great stage for me. I went as fast as I could near the end and ended up in a good spot on the stage, and also in the overall. Tomorrow is a big day and opening will be difficult, but I’m ready for the challenge.

Adrien Van Beveren – Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team

5th Stage 10

Stage 10 was really fun and I’m really happy to have posted by best result of the rally. It was a cool stage that flowed well with a bit of everything, rocks, canyons, some dunes, and even some dust which we haven’t, fortunately, seen too much of this year. I did make one small mistake which cost me a little bit of time, but not too much, so maybe my result would have been better without that. We’re getting close to the finish line now so two to go and I’m excited for tomorrow.

Andrew Short - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team
Dakar Rally 2022

Stage 10 Provisional Classification

1. Toby Price (KTM) 3:05:32
2. Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna) 3:07:41 + 0:02:09
3. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 3:09:07 + 0:03:35
4. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) 3:11:12 + 0:05:40
5. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 3:12:01 + 0:06:29
6. Stefan Svitko (Honda) 3:12:01 + 0:06:29

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Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 10)

1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 33:27:06
2. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 33:33:05 + 0:05:59
3. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 33:31:21 + 0:06:15
4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) 33:35:30 + 0:08:24
5. Joan Barreda (Honda) 33:37:53 + 0:10:47
6. Toby Price (KTM) 33:54:49 + 0:27:43
7. Andrew Short (Yamaha) 34:01:03 + 0:33:57

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Dakar Rally 2022

Race Schedule

Stage 1 | Jan 2 | Ha'il to Ha'il | Total: 546 km | SS: 334 km
Stage 2 | Jan 3 | Ha'il > Al Artawiyah | Total: 585 km | SS: 339 km
Stage 3 | Jan 4 | Al Artawiyah > Al Qaisumah | Total: 554 km | SS: 368 km
Stage 4 | Jan 5 | Al Qaisumah > Riyadh | Total: 707 km | SS: 465 km
Stage 5 | Jan 6 | Riyadh > Riyadh | Total: 563 km | SS: 348 km
Stage 6 | Jan 7 | Riyadh > Riyadh | Total: 635 km | SS: 421 km
Rest Day | Jan 8 | Riyadh
Stage 7 | Jan 9 | Riyadh > Al Dawadimi | Total: 700 km | SS: 401 km
Stage 8 | Jan 10 | Al Dawadimi > Wadi Ad Dawasir | Total: 828 km | SS: 394 km
Stage 9 | Jan 11 | Wadi Ad Dawasir > Wadi Ad Dawasir | Total: 490 km | SS: 287 km
Stage 10 | Jan 12 | Wadi Ad Dawasir > Bisha | Total: 757 km | SS: 374 km
Stage 11 | Jan 13 | Bisha > Bisha | Total: 500 km | SS: 345 km
Stage 12 | Jan 14 | Bisha > Jeddah | Total: 676 km | SS: 163 km

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