Xavier De Soultrait

Based on his first performances in enduro, Yamaha Racing's Xavier De Soultrait is also a safe bet in rally-raid. With a good progression on his last two Dakar Rallies as an amateur, when he classified 34th and 13th in 2014 and 2015, the ambitious French rider has matured and is ready to take his career to the next level. This year, Xavier De Soultrait joins Yamaha's official rally program in the Yamalube Yamaha Junior Rally Team alongside his teammate Adrien Van Beveren. He took the start for the 2016 Dakar on the WR450F Rally and unfortunately had to retire in the 10th round. De Soultrait went on to his first professional finish in the 2017 Dakar where he gained invaluable experience in the world's toughest race.

The Frenchman will have only one goal: to climb onto the podium of the Dakar Rally. He is ambitious but calm, smart and wise; qualities which make him a valuable rider. Punchy at the handlebars of a motorcycle, De Soultrait went from the French motocross fields to international enduro competitions, while achieving his studies in economy. In a few years he rose to the top ten of the FIM World Enduro Championship.

He first experienced the Dakar in 2014 and is convinced that the path to the podium is just a matter of time. In previous years he mastered advanced navigation techniques and learnt how to manage efforts and risks during the race to avoid rookie mistakes. The experience was conclusive and validated his potential: De Soultrait classified 34th on his first Dakar Rally and 15th on the 2015 edition.

The 2015 season was spent in the Yamalube Yamaha Junior Rally Team, he trained hard and was ready to push to the limit at every event. In the 2016 season he finished an encouraging sixth position overall in the Merzouga Rally and eighth position in the Oilibya Rally (Morocco). In 2017 he had an incredible season where, despite a disappointing Dakar, he went on to take his first rally win at Merzouga, place 5th in the Atacama Rally, 3rd at Desafio Ruta 40 and 4th overall at the Baja Inka Rally.