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Adrien Van Beveren Gears Up For Hail Rally And Final Dakar Rally Preparations

Adrien Van Beveren Gears Up For Hail Rally And Final Dakar Rally Preparations

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team’s Adrien Van Beveren enters the final stages of his 2021 Dakar Rally preparations this coming Friday when he lines up to race the Hail Rally (Saudi Arabia) on December 11-12. The short, two-day event will take place on very similar terrain to the upcoming Dakar, providing the perfect environment in which the Frenchman can re-familiarise himself with true desert conditions ahead of the world’s toughest rally race.

Hosting the opening round of the FIA World Cup for Cross-Country Bajas, the Hail Rally is set to provide challenging terrain and, more importantly for Van Beveren, the opportunity to enter into competition following a disrupted season of rally racing. Ensuring plenty of pre-Dakar saddle time, Van Beveren will also make a second outing, at round two of the Hail Rally, where a similar race format will provide two further days of valuable racing in the desert.

With each competitor receiving their roadbook just 20 minutes prior to the beginning of each stage, mirroring the exact same procedure that will be used at the Dakar Rally, the Hail Rally looks set to provide the perfect end-of-year shakedown for Adrien.

With the fast-approaching Dakar now less than one month away, Van Beveren has been training hard in recent weeks, in the sand dunes close to Dubai. Focusing on his roadbook skills, along with fine-tuning his Yamaha WR450F Rally, his time spent training has been extremely positive, as he becomes re-acquainted with the challenges of desert racing.

Adrien Van Beveren

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team

“It’s going to be great to get some more racing completed ahead of the Dakar. The Baja Hail is two small races but importantly the 2021 Dakar route travels through the same area so it will be great to ride similar terrain ahead the Dakar in January. I’ve been in Dubai training a lot in the desert so these two races will form part of my final preparations. I’m in a good place and feel great on the bike so I’m really looking forward to going racing again.”

Ross Branch