Van Beveren Goes On The Attack During Stage Two At Merzouga Rally2016-05-24 12:10
Determined to reduce the gap between himself and the rider at the top of the provisional overall standings, Adrien Van Beveren delivered a committed performance during the second full-day of racing at the Merzouga Rally to finish in second position. Continuing his strong run at this year's event his teammate Helder Rodrigues came home in fifth, with the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team duo currently occupying third and fourth in the general classification.
Featuring a large amount of racing in deep sand, stage two of the 2016 Merzouga Rally was another test for Adrien and Helder's navigational skills. Powered by his WR450F Rally machine Adrien posted the fastest time in the first of the day's two special stages. Making up almost three minutes on the race leaders the Frenchman kept pushing hard to complete the day in a time of 04:53:03 - a little more than one-minute behind the day's winner Gerrard Farres.
Remaining focused on his goal of a good overall result Helder Rodrigues had the demanding task of opening several of the day's tracks. Putting in a mistake-free performance aboard his WR450F Rally bike, the Portuguese rider wrapped up the day with the fifth best time.
Stage three of this year's event will see riders do battle in a 223km special stage. In addition it will also be the first day of the event's marathon stage, with riders forced to perform all maintenance on their bikes by themselves within a designated marathon bivouac.
SCCR2016 - Adrien Van Beveren - Yamalube Yamaha Official Team rider Adrien Van Beveren, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider
2nd Stage 2 / 3rd Overall
"My plan for the day was to push hard for a good result and to make up for the time lost yesterday. Again there were lots of dunes with tricky navigation but I was feeling good from the start. I attacked the first special stage and ended up posting the fastest time in the overall. Then I caught Helder and we rode the second part of the day together. There were places with lots of dust and others full of stones, so I tried to stay focused and avoid mistakes. I'm happy with second from today. My feeling on the bike keeps getting better. We also made small improvements in the suspension set-up and the bike gives even more confidence in the off-piste sections."
SCCR2016 - Hélder Rodrigues - Yamalube Yamaha Official Team rider Helder Rodrigues, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rider
5th Stage 2 / 4th Overall
"It was another good day for us. I was the second rider to start the stage and found myself having to open the tracks on more than one occasion. Overall, I had a good pace today and I'm pretty happy with my navigation as well. It was another day with lots of sand and dunes and my goal was not to make any mistake or loose a lot of time anywhere. The more time I spend on my bike the more comfortable I feel to push and that's great for the rest of the race. Tomorrow is going to be an even harder day but we're ready for it. My bike feels great and everything is moving in the right position to keep on fighting for a good overall result."
Jose Leloir, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team manager
"Two stages into this rally and I'm more than happy with the progress made. Today was another long stage and both our riders gave their best. Adrien had a very good first special stage, which he won. Most of it was run in the dunes and navigation once again was demanding. He gained a few minutes and caught Helder, so the two of them rode together opening the tracks for most part of the second special stage. Everything is going well for us in terms of results as well. Adrien and Helder are currently third and fourth in the overall standings and still in contention for the top. Tomorrow is probably going to be an even harder day. It's the first part of the marathon stage and our riders won't be allowed to have any outside assistance. But we've worked hard to prepare for that and we're ready to go."
Merzouga Rally 2016 - Stage 2 - Provisional Classification
Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 04:51:45
Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 04:53:03, +01:18
Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 04:53.18, +01:33
Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 04:54:10, +02:25
Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, 04:56:04, +04:19
Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 04:57:52, +06:07
Merzouga Rally 2016 -Overall Classification After Stage 2
Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 07:45:25
Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 07:49:02, +03:37
Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 07:49:16, +03:51
Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, 07:50:15, +04:50
Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 07:50:50, +05:25
Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 07:54:11, +08:46
Source: Yamaha Motor Europe N.V.
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