Receiving key updates for 2019, the WR450F Rally is the machine that all four Yamaha riders will be competing on throughout this 41st edition of the of the iconic event. Featuring a revised engine configuration for increased performance and an updated suspension set-up, the new rally machine is set to face two weeks of demanding racing in the dunes of Peru.
One of the revelations of the 2018 Dakar, Adrien Van Beveren is back stronger and ready to show what he’s capable of this January in Peru. Adrien will be joined at the start of the 2019 Dakar by fellow Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait. Putting in thousands of racing kilometres on his WR450F Rally machine in 2018, Xavier is excited to be entering the fifth Dakar of his career.
The Yamalube Yamaha Rally team will be further strengthened by Franco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter. Doing everything possible to return to competitive fitness following surgery to his injured leg in October, Caimi is looking to gradually improve his speed and confidence during this Dakar. As for Faggotter, the experienced rally racer is expected to once again play a crucial role for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team in Peru.
Kicking off this Monday January 7 in Lima, the 2019 Dakar Rally is a 5,000km adventure in the dunes of the South American country. The race features 10 demanding stages and will see all competitors return to Lima for the big finish on January 17.