Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait and Franco Caimi are all-set to contest the 2018 Morocco Rally.
Using the five-stage event as part of their preparation for the upcoming Dakar Rally, the three WR450F Rally powered riders will look to end their international rally racing season on a high in Africa.
Playing host to the final round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the 2018 Morocco Rally will see competitors go head-to-head for six consecutive days in the Saharan Desert. Opting to race selected events and not the full Cross-Country Rallies World Championship in 2018, the three Yamaha riders are ready to challenge themselves against the international elite of rally racers.
We are glad to have a strong presence at this year's Morocco Rally and we are hoping our three riders will be able to show their true potential this week. So far this season, I'm happy to say our plan has worked quite well and our riders are now in the final stage of their preparations for the Dakar. Adrien, Xavier and Franco will be joined by Rodney Faggotter for the 2019 Dakar in January."
Securing a strong fifth place overall result at the Desafio Inca in September, Adrien Van Beveren
wants to continue building on his speed ahead of the upcoming Dakar.
"Everything has been going well for me this last month and I am really looking forward for this last race of the season and before the Dakar," Van Beveren said. "There are riders here in Morocco who will be battling for the world championship, so we expect competition to be quite elevated. For me, I'm hoping to continue improving my race pace. I want to be the best I can for the Dakar and right now I feel that there's still some things I can improve with my riding and navigation. I need more racing kilometres and that's exactly what I'm expecting to get out of this event. I am happy to be here and I want to make the best out of this rally in Morocco."