"This Dakar has been a big adventure for all and we are extremely proud of our team and our bike," Alexandre Kowalski - Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Director - said.
"The opening week of the race was like a dream coming true, the best reward for all our hard work and dedication over years. We reached the halfway point in Tupiza with two of our riders inside the top six and Adrien looking comfortable in the overall lead. The second week was different and brought some mixed fortunes for our team. Seeing Franco unable to continue after stage seven and then Xavier suffer a crash on stage eight was disappointing.
"Despite the misfortunes, we kept pushing hard, fully supporting Adrien in his quest to retain the overall lead. Everything was working according to plan and Adrien was showing extreme maturity. He knew when to attack and also knew how to find his way out of tricky navigation.
"We knew stage 10 would be crucial. Adrien lost seven minutes in the opening part of that day, but then put the hammer down in the second half of the timed special. Making no mistake he was among the first riders to find the correct route and kept pushing and had already built a sizeable gap to Matthias Walkner. His crash just before the finish of that stage shows how tough and unforgiving this race can be.
"Despite all the misfortunes, we managed to reach the finish with Rodney. He did a great job for the team and we can't thank him enough for that. Overall, we're really satisfied with the things we learned and the ways in which we improved this year. We had an amazing team spirit at all times and we became even better after this adventure. We showed we have a machine that is capable of winning stages and battling for the overall victory.
"The WR450F Rally was there no matter the terrain or conditions. It's a great race machine that we will continue developing to make even better. This had been a massive experience for all of us and we can't wait to be back," Kowalski concluded.
Eric de Seynes - Yamaha Motor Europe President, CEO - concluded, saying, "I would like to genuinely congratulate the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team and all the Yamaha riders. This 40th edition of the Dakar has been one of the toughest in recent memory. It was an extremely demanding race with hugely varied terrains and conditions ranging from the extreme heat of the Peruvian dunes to the low temperatures in the Bolivian mountains."
"We are really proud of the work done by the official Yamaha riders, who demonstrated a great potential to battle for victory. They managed to remain competitive while also maintaining a true spirit of commitment and solidarity.