Taking competitors to the marathon bivouac in Moquegua, stage four was an intense and fast-paced one. Racing without the pressure of the opening stages, Adrien Van Beveren remained fast and consistent from start to finish. Posting the fifth quickest time for the day, the WR450F Rally powered rider is now fifth overall and less than nine minutes behind the provisional overall leader.
Winning Wednesday's stage three, Xavier de Soultrait had the demanding task of opening the stage for all following competitors. Doing a great job, Xavier earned a 15th place result on stage four. Xavier is now ninth and the second Yamaha powered rider inside the top 10 in the provisional overall standings.
Featuring a mass start, stage five of this year's Dakar will bring competitors to the end of the two-day long marathon stage back in the Arequipa bivouac. Friday's stage five includes a 345km long timed special stage with a total distance of 776km to be covered by all riders. With their eyes set on reaching the Arequipa bivouac, the two Yamalube Yamaha Rally riders will then have half of a day to rest and prepare for the second week of the 2019 Dakar.