The penultimate stage of the Abu Dhabi desert challenge once again provided a physically demanding test for all riders. Opening with rolling sand dunes, the terrain then switched to fast, desert tracks to ultimately offer a much more diverse stage compared to previous days of the event.
Returning to the form that brought him so much success in the past, Adrien Van Beveren has claimed another stage win at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge aboard his Yamaha WR450F Rally. Demonstrating excellent navigation, and confident to push hard throughout the mixed terrain stage, the 30-year-old sustained his high pace to secure victory and maintain his third-place ranking in the overall provisional classification.
Ross Branch entered stage four with a focus on minimising mistakes and gaining further experience ahead of the Dakar Rally. The Botswana native achieved his objective, safely completed the stage in sixth place and now, with just one stage remaining, looks forward to delivering another strong result to leave Abu Dhabi on a positive note.
After yesterday’s success on stage three, Andrew Short was forced to withdraw from stage four after experiencing a technical issue shortly after the start of the penultimate special.
Tomorrow brings the fifth and final stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Providing the shortest special stage of the event at 216.92 kilometres, it will be a sprint to the finish line in Al Fathiyeh with Adrien Van Beveren well on course for top-three overall result.