Returning to rally competition for the first time since the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally, Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren will take to the start of the Merzouga Rally on Sunday, March 31, focused on victory while also furthering the development of his WR450F Rally machine.
Looking forward to getting back into rally competition, Adrien Van Beveren will be the sole official representative of the Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team competing in the Moroccan event. Ahead of him, the Merzouga Rally promises five full and demanding days of racing, kicking off with a short, opening prologue. Four stages in the sands of Southern Morocco with challenging navigation, in and around the town of Erfoud, will then follow. The event reaches its end with the closing Extreme GP – an explosive, mass start, final day sprint.
Enjoying positive results at the 2017 edition of the Merzouga Rally where Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team rider Xavier de Soultrait claimed victory, in 2019 the team is focused on more success as Van Beveren makes his first competitive post-Dakar Rally outing. The race is the first of a number of competitions in which the Frenchman, who is riding with #1 on his bike, and the Yamalube Yamaha Racing Team will compete, ahead of Dakar 2020. The Moroccan event offers the perfect opportunity to further improve rider navigational skills and for the team to fine-tune the set-up of the WR450F Rally.
Adrien Van Beveren
Yamalube Yamaha Official Team rider
“It’s great to be back in the desert. This is the first competition of the year for myself and the team but following Dakar I have been working hard and with not so much time away from training. It is important that as a team we keep pushing and keep working towards the next Dakar. I feel really good. I just finished three days of navigation training and together with improvements we have made to the bike I can’t wait to race here in Merzouga. Everyone knows that navigation in this race is very tricky, with a much lower average speed during this race compared to Dakar. But for navigation training it is so, so important to be here. Also, as an ASO race it is good for us. The coming days will not be easy, but I really enjoy this race and now this is my third time here, and with more experience than before, I am really looking forward getting started.”
Race Schedule – Merzouga Rally 2019
Prologue / March 31 / Erfoud
Stage 1 / April 1 / Erfoud to Erfoud
Stage 2 / April 2 / Erfoud to Erfoud
Stage 3 / April 3 / Erfoud to Marathon Bivouac
Stage 4 / April 4 / Marathon Bivouac to Erfoud
Stage 5 / April 5 / Extreme GP