Always a crucial one to shake off pre-race anticipation, the opening stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally took competitors to the first overnight bivouac in the city of Pisco. Enjoying a steady pace from start to finish, Van Beveren posted the fourth best time in the day's timed special. Less than three minutes behind the provisional overall leader, the Yamalube Yamaha Rally rider is now looking ahead to the coming stages of the rally.
The second Yamaha powered rider inside the top 10 on stage one was Xavier de Soultrait. The Yamalube Yamaha Rally team rider enjoyed a mistake free performance on Monday, which put him 10th in the event's provisional overall standings after stage one. Xavier's goal for the coming stages is to remain within striking distance to the leaders in the provisional overall results.
Returning to competitive action following his leg injury, Yamalube Yamaha Rally team's Franco Caimi made a positive start by securing an 18th place result on Monday. Aiming to gradually find a good race pace, the Argentinean hopes to start moving up in the overall standings.
Highly experienced Rodney Faggotter took his time to settle in and wrapped up the opening stage with a 29th place result. Enjoying a good feeling aboard the latest version of the WR450F Rally, the Aussie looks to continue building on his speed during the coming stages.
With no time to relax, competitors will face one of the rally's most demanding stages on Tuesday. Taking racers from Pisco to San Juan de Marcona, stage two of the Dakar includes a 342km timed special in a total distance of 553km to be covered by all during the day.