Adrien Van Beveren On The Road To Full Recovery
Working hard in recent months to return from the injuries sustained following his crash on January 16 while provisionally leading the 2018 Dakar Rally, the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider has been cleared to resume training at the beginning of April.
Following a small fall while training at the sandy track at Loon-Plage, Adrien suffered a new fracture to his right collarbone, which forced the Frenchman to undergo surgery on April 17. Adrien is expected to be away from competition for a maximum of three months.
Following a successful outing at the Merzouga Rally earlier this month, the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team will be heading to Chile to contest the third round of the 2018 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the 2018 Atacama Rally on August 11 to 19. Depending on the progress of Adrien's recovery, it will be decided at a later stage whether the Dakar Rally sensation will join the team for the trip to Chile in August.
Adrien Van Beveren - Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider
"The goal now is to be 100% fit again and every day that goes by brings us a bit closer to that goal. Crashing and breaking my collarbone on the first training session after three months off the bike was difficult to accept but it is what it is. There's nothing else that I can do other than accept it and move on. I need to be patient and look ahead. We had a great Dakar until my crash last January and the motivation is there to do better next year. My surgery last week went quite well and I'm hoping to be back on the bike in two or three months. Crashes and injuries are part of racing motorcycles, and in times like this you learn to be patient. I want to give my body time to properly heal so that I can slowly start building on my speed again for the coming Dakar. I want to thank all the members of my team for their huge support and I will do my best to come back even better."
Alexandre Kowalski – Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team director
"It is of major importance to have our riders fully fit and callable to perform at their best during each race. Following his injury while leading the Dakar, Adrien took his time to recover and we were looking forward to having him back racing with us soon. Unfortunately, as soon as he resumed his training in France he had a small crash and fractured his collarbone again. The surgery went well and we now want to give Adrien time to be 100% fit again. Adrien will be out of action for a couple more months but we are confident he has the time needed to prepare himself for the coming Dakar. Without any particular pressure from our side, we are really looking forward to seeing him back racing his Yamaha. We are hoping Adrien will be back with us later during the season so that he can start building his speed and confidence ahead of the 2019 Dakar Rally."