Following a well-calculated plan of attack, Xavier de Soultrait managed to make full use of his navigational skills during today's stage three of the Dakar. One of the first riders to find his way out of a tricky section in the first part of the stage, Xavier secured an emphatic stage win to move up to sixth in the event's provisional overall standings.
Putting in another solid performance today in Peru, Adrien Van Beveren managed to climb three spots in the provisional standings. Currently sitting 13 minutes behind the provisional overall leader and in fourth position, Adrien is looking ahead to the coming stages in the dunes of South America.
Stage three brought mixed fortunes for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team. With Xavier de Soultrait and Adrien Van Beveren both enjoying a great stage and climbing higher in the overall rankings, their teammates Franco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter were unable to finish the stage, forced to sit out the rest of the 2019 Dakar Rally.
Suffering intense pain on his recently injured leg, Franco Caimi was forced to abandon the stage. As for Rodney Faggotter, a small technical issue after the last waypoint left the experienced Aussie with no chance of finishing the stage.
The two-day long marathon stage that takes competitors directly to the rest day kicks off tomorrow in Peru. Featuring a 405km timed special, stage four of the Dakar will bring all riders to the overnight marathon bivouac in Moquegua.