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Van Beveren Enjoys Positive Pre-Dakar Outing With Hail Baja Victory

Van Beveren enjoys positive pre-Dakar outing with Hail Baja victory

Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team’s Adrien Van Beveren has won the opening Hail Baja – the first of two bajas to be held as part of the Hail Rally – following victory on both stages of the two-day event. Using the race as preparation for the upcoming Dakar Rally, the Frenchman enjoyed a trouble-free run through the competition, enjoying the tricky navigation found throughout both stages.

Comprising a short, two-day schedule and covering a total distance of 692kms, the first Hail Baja provided plenty of positive training for Adrien. Welcoming the challenge that lay ahead, and very much using the event to further familiarise himself with true desert terrain, he was the first rider to set off into the sand dunes surrounding Radifah on the opening stage. Relying solely on his roadbook skills, Adrien confidently tackled the tricky navigation and with his pre-race training clearly paying dividends, the Frenchman delivered a mistake-free ride to claim the stage win.

Heading into the desert surrounding the city of Jubbah for day two, the 29-year-old initially navigated his way through a number of rocky sections before safely reaching the day’s sand dunes that formed a large part of the 347km stage. Going on to cross the finish line with a comfortable advantage, he secured the event’s overall victory and rounded out two days of enjoyable and constructive racing in style.

Confident with both his riding and the set-up of his Yamaha WR450F Rally, Van Beveren is now looking ahead to December 15 and the second leg of the Hail Rally. With a similar race format on offer, it will be his final competitive outing in desert conditions ahead of the Dakar Rally in January.

Adrien Van Beveren - Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Official Team

1st - Baja Hail 1

“This race was such great training for the Dakar Rally. Despite being called a Baja, this was just the name for the event and it was a true rally, with tricky navigation. I’m really pleased with my decision to race as the terrain and navigation was just like what is expected at the Dakar. It was cold starting early in the mornings, close to zero, but I really enjoyed both stages once I got into them. I’m here for training and I felt great on my bike, so I’m really happy. I’m now looking forwards to Tuesday for the second rally here and to continue with my preparation ahead of Dakar.”

Ross Branch
Baja Hail 1

Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 2)

1. Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) 5:38:22
2. Konrad Dabrowski (KTM) 6:26:47 + 0:48:25
3. Mishal Alghuneim (KTM) 6:57:33 + 1:19:11
4. Riyadh Saud Alshammari (Yamaha) 6:59:14 + 1:20:52
5. Abdulmajeed Abdulaziz Aakhulaifi (Yamaha) 7:12:06 + 1:33:44
6. Anas Al Ruhayany (KTM) 7:22:16 + 1:43:54

Andalucia Rally 2020