Dakar Rally 2018

(Bryon Enns) #1

Good to see a Yamie giviner out there at Dakar.

In a very special day for #YamahaRacing, Adrien Van Beveren wins stage four of the 2018 Dakar Rally and takes the provisional overall lead of the rally. To make things even better for the Yamalube #Yamaha Official #Rally Team, Xavier de Soultrait claims the runner-up spot today and moves up to 5th in the overall…

1 4
2 10
3 47
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 11H 06’ 38’’ + 00H 03’ 15’’
4 2
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 08’ 46’’ + 00H 05’ 23’’
5 23
6 8
RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM 11H 13’ 37’’ + 00H 10’ 14’’

(Arthur Pappas) #2

I don’t follow the Dakar. Are the bikes ‘race whatever you show up with’ or do they have classes for cc’s, etc? On another note, those big trucks they race are freakin insane.

(Clayton James William Walker) #3

Just 1 mc class. Max 450cc.

(Clayton James William Walker) #4

Do you love him Bryon?

(Bryon Enns) #5

Haha. Yes! Such a good rider and you know it’s a crazy event when they ban the 690 engine. It was just too fast.

(Bryon Enns) #6

I would look just like this at the Desert 100 if I only had a helicopter…

(Clayton James William Walker) #7

I think the 690 was banned because the helicopters kept crashing when they ran out of fuel from picking up all of the broken 690s up from the desert.

(Bryon Enns) #8

Here’s the intro to Yamaha’s Dakar vid


We’ve slipped to second overall, but today they rest and then giver for the final week.

(Bryon Enns) #9

Yami is back out front after today’s stage, first day of a two day marathon stage too.

(Arthur Pappas) #10

Team Blue has not won this for 20 years. Let’s see if the drought will continue:

(Bryon Enns) #11

This is the lead rider. A Yamaha guy of course. They’re due for an overall.

Adrien Van Beveren - Yamalube Yamaha Official Team #4
adrien van beveren

1st Overall
"We arrived in Salta earlier today and got the chance to catch up on some sleep. Everything is going really well for me at the moment. I’m 100% focused on the coming stages of the rally. These next three days will be very crucial. Tomorrow we have a long special stage. It is important to get a good result as on Wednesday we have the first part of the next marathon stage. On Wednesday we will be also be starting after the cars and the tracks will likely be destroyed. So far we had zero issues with the bike. Our mechanics are doing an excellent job and this gives me extra confidence to continue pushing. It is good that we had some time to relax and regroup today and now I am ready to give my best for the rest of the week."

(Bryon Enns) #12

Does this even look possible


Only a Yami rally rider with some big Kahunas.

(Bryon Enns) #13


Currently leading the way in this year’s Dakar Rally, Yamaha’s 2018 rally bike is a WR450F like no other…

The Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team bikes competing the 2018 Dakar Rally are WR450F like you’ve never seen.

Based on Yamaha’s four-stroke 450 enduro model the factory rally bikes have undergone a dramatic and purposeful transformation to not just be competitive and the notoriously tough event, but title contenders in this year’s Dakar.

Lining up against purpose designed and built race bikes from KTM and Honda it’s tempting to look at Yamaha as the best of the rest.

But that underestimates big time the efforts and results of the dedicated Yamaha Rally crew under the directorship of Alexandre Kowalski.

450F power plant
Using Yamaha’s WR450F reversed cylinder engine a host of development Genuine Yamaha Technology Racing (GYTR) parts bring performance changes almost beyond recognition from the original base bike.

A series of specially developed EFI fuel maps work with an Akrapovic titanium exhaust, which sweeps under the engine, plus larger volume air intake boost performance.

Consistent performance during huge altitude changes are crucial for success in Dakar.

The Yamalube Yamaha Rally team say one of their priorities was achieving a neutral riding position, as close as possible to the stock WR450F enduro bike, but comfortable and controllable for the extensive hour riders spend riding during Dakar stages.

Despite the 33 litre fuel tanks and additional oil capacity the current WR450F Rally bike weighs just 162kg fully fuelled.

Strengthened chassis
The strengthened chassis is based on Yamaha’s WR450F aluminium frame but features a two centimetre longer swingarm for better high-speed stability and a modified offset of 25mm.

In the suspension department, the new WR450F Rally combines a set of forks developed by BOS Suspension with a KYB Factory rear shock.

Oversize 300mm Moto Master front disk handles the added loads of braking from higher speeds.

Yamaha has been slowly rebuilding itself in rally in recent years, with the goal of returning to its glory years of the Stephane Peterhansel era.

Currently leading the way at the Dakar Rally, the Yamaha Rally Team are on target to topple KTM’s 16-year win streak with Frenchman Adrien Van Bevern at the helm of that charge.

Whether Van Beveren will become the first rider to break KTM’s Dakar glory in almost two decades remains to be seen, there’s still a couple of thousand kilometres to go, but it’s certainly game on.

(Bryon Enns) #14

Oh no. Van Beveren lost lot’s of time today in Stage 10 and then crashed hard 3kms from the finish and his race is over. 3 KTM’s and 2 HONDA’s in the top 5 overall now.

(Arthur Pappas) #15

Crashing 3km before the finish line in a race this long has got to hurt. Hope he’s ok. By the way, you can buy the exact same bike directly from Yamaha. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say it will be expensive considering you get a crew of Yamaha factory mechanics included in the price at the Dakar.

(Clayton James William Walker) #16

Yep no Yammies anywhere to be seen. So sorry Bryon.


(Bryon Enns) #17

Ya, it hurts to say but KTM won again. How about Laia getting 12th to go with her 9th in 2015.

Austrian Matthias Walkner has won the 2018 Dakar Rally, taking KTM’s 17th win on the bounce at the historic event.
Austrian Matthias Walkner finished almost 17 minutes clear of second placed Monster Energy Honda rider Kevin Benevides and 23 minutes clear of his KTM Rally team-mate Toby Price in third.

85 remaining riders set off in reverse order on the final 14th stage in Cordoba today. Walkner had done all the hard work by then, avoiding crashes and navigational errors, which had put so many of his rivals out the race. With a relatively easy cruise to victory Walkner took Austria’s first moto victory at Dakar.

• Walkner takes Austria’s first Dakar win
• KTM win for the 17th consecutive year
• Third year in a row a different nationality has taken a maiden win
• Olivier Pain wins Malle Moto class, Lyndon Poskitt is second
• Laia Sanz finishes 12th
• The top 12 featured seven manufacturers

Photo credit: RallyZone

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Kevin Benevides was HRC’s strongest rider of the 2018 Dakar. The Argentinian particularly shone in his local stomping ground where he cemented second place overall after a tough battle with KTM’s 2016 winner, Toby Price.

Price was another rider who took the steadier approach and watched as rivals dropped out. With strong daily results as the rally progressed, including two stage victories, Price finished in third place for KTM.

Photo credit: PhotosDakar.com
In what turned out to a classically tough South American Dakar, the 2018 race was a war of attrition from the start. 2017 Dakar winner, Sam Sunderland was among the first big names to go out with a back injury.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Joan Barreda was another big name to retire. Barreda was his usual crash or bust self and despite some epic fast riding, eventually injured himself and was out of the race.

Photo credit: Yamaha Racing
Yamaha Racing’s Adrien Van Beveren was perhaps the unluckiest of the potential winners to go out after a high-speed accident minutes from the finish of stage 10. The Frenchman was holding strong through the first week of the rally, topping time sheets and leading overall before his crash.

Top ten results:
Dakar Rally 2018 - Provisional top 12 Overall Classification [After Final Stage 14]

  1. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 43h06m01s
  2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 43h22m54s
  3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 43h29m02s
  4. Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, 43h53m29s
  5. Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 44h07m05s
  6. Johnny Aubert (FRA), Gas Gas, 44h59m54s
  7. Oriol Mena (ESP), Hero, 45h28m53s
  8. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 45h30m06s
  9. Daniel Oliveras (ESP), KTM, 45h43m21s
  10. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 45h48m37s
  11. Juan Pedrero Garcia (ESP), Sherco, 45h51m59s
  12. Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, 46h02m03s

(Bryon Enns) #18

Did you see this crash? Sucks to be driving a truck somedays!