Adrien Van Beveren

Stamping his mark on the 2018 Dakar Rally, Adrien Van Beveren retained the provisional overall lead for five days until his race-ending crash on stage 10. Taking the global rally scene by surprise with his sixth place result at his first Dakar Rally in 2016, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider Adrien Van Beveren took an outstanding 4th at his second participation in 2017. 

Following an early career in motocross racing Van Beveren became one of the world's most successful sand riders. Winning numerous beach races in France since 2008 he dominated the last three editions of the famous Enduropale du Touquet. Van Beveren has demonstrated he has the speed and technical skills to battle with the best off-road racers in the world.

Fuelled by his passion for dirt bike racing the Frenchman gladly accepted Yamaha's offer to join the Yamalube Yamaha Junior Rally Team for the 2016 Dakar Rally and since then he has focused his attentions solely on rally racing.

Right after his impressive result in January 2016, the Frenchman joined the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team for his first complete season of FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship competition. Claiming his first individual stage victories and finishing third overall at the Merzouga Rally 2016, Van Beveren showed he's quickly getting to grips with the demanding challenges of rally racing.

Entering the 2017 Dakar Rally as a member of the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, Adrien finished an impressive 4th, less than a minute off the 3rd spot. Adrien Van Beveren went on to gain invaluable experience at the Atacama, Desafio Ruta 40, Baja Inka and Oilibya Maroc rallies, finishing 8th, 19th, 2nd and 18th respectively. 

Demonstrating he has the potential to battle for the coveted Dakar Rally victory, Adrien won one stage and managed to retain the provisional overall lead for four stages during the 2018 Dakar Rally. His crash shortly before the end of stage 10 came at a point when Adrien was looking to further extend his lead in the provisional overall standings.

Returning to competitive action in August, the WR450F Rally powered rider collected a set of strong results at the last three events of the 2018 season finishing eighth at the Atacama Rally, fifth at the Desafio Inka and sixth at the season ending Morocco Rally.