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Yamaha Riders Battle Through The Longest Stage Of The Atacama Rally | Latest

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, the trio of Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Franco Caimi have successfully made it to the finish of a gruelling stage four of the Atacama Rally.

Overcoming everything that was thrown at them, they will all look to wrap up this rally on a high note during tomorrow’s fifth and final stage in the Chilean dunes.

Gradually getting back up to speed following injury, Adrien Van Beveren was the team’s best performing rider today, getting a strong seventh place result. Enjoying a very good first part of the special stage, the Frenchman saw all the hard work he’s been putting in since the start of the rally finally paying off. Gaining a spot in the provisional overall standings, Adrien is currently seventh with one stage to go.”My pace in the opening part of the special stage was quite good and I’m really happy about it. It shows that we took the right decision to come and race the Atacama Rally,” said Van Beveren.

“Everything was going well for me until halfway through the special when the base holding my GPS broke because of the excessive vibrations. I tried to fix it with the tools I had on my bike but then shortly after the GPS collapsed again. It’s been a learning experience and I’m glad I reached the finish of the stage without getting seriously lost. The good thing is that I already feel a lot better on my bike. I will continue the hard work with the goal to be 100% ready for the Dakar in January.”

Adrien’s Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team partner Xavier de Soultrait was unable to show his true speed in this 375km-long stage four. Battling through demanding navigation and a few small mistakes, Xavier had to settle for an eighth place result on the penultimate stage of the rally.

“My plan was to start the day more on the cautious side. I knew it would be a long stage and I wanted to remain focused until its end. Overall, I am not satisfied with my speed today. Navigation was so demanding it was almost impossible not to make mistakes,” said de Soultrait

“I can see other riders are a lot more familiar with this type of road-book and this is surely an advantage for them. As for us, we are here to learn and this is exactly what we’re doing. I’m hoping to wrap up this rally with a good result on the final stage tomorrow.”

Enjoying a blisteringly fast pace in the first part of the special stage, Franco Caimi suffered a small mechanical issue that removed any chances for the Argentinean to get a good result. Eventually making it to the finish of the day Franco claimed an 11th place result, which dropped him to ninth in the provisional overall standings.

“I started the special stage really well and was able to make some good passes, but things didn’t go our way today. Right after the refuelling point I had a small mechanical issue that was not allowing my engine to perform at full power,” said Caimi.

“That happened 30km before the finish of the special and then we had another 200km to reach the finish of the day. We need to take the positives out of this experience. Things like that happen to everybody and in a way it’s good that it happened now. We will investigate the issue and do our very best with the team not to allow it to happen again.”

Taking place on Friday, the fifth and final stage of the Atacama Rally 2017 will see riders complete a 210km-long circular route around Iquique.