Delivering Yamaha their first stage win at the 2019 Dakar Rally, WR450F Rally powered Xavier de Soultrait has secured victory on stage three ahead of Pablo Quintanilla and Kevin Benavides.
At 331 kilometres in length, the timed special on day three was always going to be demanding. Starting at sea level and climbing to an altitude of over 2,000 metres, the stage tested the riders to their limits. Not only was the mixture of sand dunes and river beds physically tiring for competitors, tricky navigation and fog encountered on the highest sections of the stage also made the day mentally exhausting.
Following a well-calculated plan of attack, Xavier de Soultrait managed to make full use of his navigational skills during today's stage three of the Dakar. One of the first riders to find his way out of a tricky section in the first part of the stage, Xavier secured an emphatic stage win, his first, to move up to sixth in the event's provisional overall standings.
"It feels great to get this stage win in the bag. We had some challenging navigation today and I'm glad I made no mistake," de Soultrait said.
"For me this was the first proper rally stage of this race," the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team rider continued. "My plan going into this stage was to push and everything worked to my favour. I had a steady pace from start to finish and this helped me secure the win. I want to keep that same momentum throughout this first week of the race and then try to push harder whenever I get the chance to do so. Everything is going well for me so far, the bike is working great and I've had no crashes or mistakes."