Hard work paid off for Adrien Van Beveren at the Andalucia Rally as he enjoyed a mistake-free week of racing to claim second overall. Consistent results on every stage signalled that the Frenchman has returned from injury and is back to his usual, competitive form. With his 2020 Dakar Rally crash and subsequent surgeries well behind him, Van Beveren’s runner-up finish puts him in a positive position for the 2021 rally season.
Jamie McCanney recorded a positive end to the Andalucia Rally, claiming third place on the fourth and final stage. At the head of the field for much of the day, McCanney frustratingly caught two riders and, without forcing the issue and risking a mistake due to the dust created in front of him, opted to bring home his WR450F Rally home safely. A great conclusion to the rally saw Jamie advance to seventh in the overall standings.
Placing eighth overall in the final classification, Franco Caimi delivered a solid week of racing in Spain. Overcoming a technical issue as the final stage came to a close, Franco was able to ride through it and ended the Andalucia Rally just behind his teammate, Jamie McCanney.
Andrew Short enjoyed his week with the team in Spain but couldn’t quite get comfortable on the hard and fast stages that formed the Andalucia Rally. Despite this, the American was able to claim 13th overall and looks forward to returning to the desert rallies that he’s more familiar with, starting with the Dakar Rally in January 2021.
Taking all the positives from his first week of racing for the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team, Ross Branch ended the Andalucia Rally in contention for another stage win. Placing fifth on the final day, the stage two winner was familiar with the tracks that were re-used from earlier in the rally and confidently attacked the course to end just two minutes down on the eventual stage winner.
The Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team will now continue their preparations ahead of the 2021 Dakar Rally, which takes place in Saudi Arabia next January.