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Movistar Yamaha Make Positive Start to Sepang Test

Y2YEOL7QX049DIVYSVDQAfter a long winter wait, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team were back on track today for the first Official IRTA MotoGP Test of the 2018 season, held at the Sepang International Circuit. The first day of the three-day pre-season outing in Malaysia gave riders Valentino Rossi and Maverick Viñales a chance to get to know their new YZR-M1s and to start working through many test items. The teammates completed their first day back aboard their Yamahas in 6th and 13th place respectively.

The rain in the morning had Rossi venture out on track, keen on working on the wet setting of his bike and confirming the findings the team made in the Valencia and Sepang tests they held back in November. Heading out with a new 2018 pre-season helmet, he ended the morning stint in 12th place.52AWR4FMBYGNUJXRF8YH

As his afternoon session got under way, a dry track was waiting for the Italian, who took this opportunity with both hands. With three hours remaining, he put his 2018 bike to the test and set a provisional fastest time of 2'00.799s. As his teammate and various competitors started to pick up their pace towards the end of the session, the pack got reshuffled. Rossi responded by reclaiming first place on lap 44/50, and retired to the pit early. A flurry of activity in the last 15 minutes saw him end up in sixth position with a 2'00.233s, 0.806s from first.

Viñales was also eager to get going aboard his YZR-M1 this morning, to do a race simulation and start working on the electronics and engine specifications together with his teammate. The Spaniard came prepared with a special Sepang Test helmet too, with a design inspired by the famous artist Salvador Dali, and held fourth place at the end of his morning runs.

The 23-year-old looked comfortable out on track in the afternoon and he continued to put in lap after lap. As the pace of the field started to pick up in the drier conditions, he temporarily took over top billing from Rossi, clocking an impressive 2'00.758s. The competition got more and more heated towards the end of the day, but Viñales stuck to his testing schedule. He dropped a 2'00.714s on lap 55/72, which ultimately earned him 13th place, 1.287s from the front.KY4KLDGKDIZKJWYEL1YNend bike test


The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Presents its 2018 Colours in Madrid

XMQBJWAAYL1XS7GGQL72The Italy-based Yamaha Factory Racing team travelled to Madrid not only to present a new livery, but also to celebrate its strong partnership with telecommunications giant Telefónica Spain.

The two companies signed a five-year partnership agreement in the premier class of road racing in 2014, underlined with Movistar becoming the team's title sponsor. In the past four years, Yamaha and Telefónica Spain's shared values and passion for innovation laid the groundwork for success, resulting in a MotoGP Triple Crown in 2015 and the MotoGP Team's Title in 2016.

However, the focus of the 2018 Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Presentation event was set on celebrating the start of the new season, rather than commemorating past achievements. Eager to take on the challenge to push the limits even further in 2018, the two companies unveiled a new team logo, that shows Movistar's new colour scheme, with a light blue "M".

Masters of Ceremonies, Izaskun Ruiz and Dylan Gray, presented the launch event and soon welcomed the new Yamaha Motor Racing President and General Manager of Motorsports Development Division, Kouichi Tsuji, to the stage for a Q&A session. He shed light on how Yamaha is working on pushing the limits, before it was Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team Director Massimo Meregalli's turn to discuss the 2018 preparations and how the team aims to rise to the challenges ahead.

The next guest speakers were nine-time World Champion Valentino Rossi and former Moto3 World Champion Maverick Viñales, who are no strangers to pushing boundaries and breaking records.RJWU2ZBOQUQ9OH3P8V1S

Rossi is known to be Yamaha's most successful rider and is determined to further confirm his status in 2018, as he enters a sixth consecutive year with Yamaha Factory Racing since his return to the manufacturer in 2013. Moreover, 2018 will be his 13th season with the team since he first joined Yamaha in 2004.

Though the Italian had a strong start to the season last year - and briefly led the championship standings - two injuries sustained in separate incidents ultimately cost him a chance to fight for the 2017 title. Despite these misfortunes, the 38-year-old Italian secured six podiums in total, including a brilliant race win in the Netherlands. With a total of 115 Grand Prix victories written to his name, this year he'll be gearing up once more for his quest to secure a tenth World Title.

Viñales made waves on his first year with the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP Team. He joined the Factory Yamaha crew after gaining two years of experience in the premier class and was quick to make a name for himself as one of the key protagonists, securing third place in the overall rider standings in his first year with Yamaha.

The 23-year-old had a dream start to the 2017 season, taking two race wins at the opening rounds in Qatar and Argentina. He followed it up with a win in France to secure Yamaha's 500th Grand Prix victory. Though the remainder of the season was more challenging for the Spaniard, he still graced the podium a total of seven times last year, which only left him hungrier to compete at the front of the MotoGP field again during the 2018 season.

Finally, the President of Telefónica España, Luis Miguel Gilperez, was also put in the spotlight towards the end of the 2018 team launch ceremony. He further highlighted the close bond between Yamaha and Movistar, before it was time for the main event.

During the unveiling of the 2018 Yamaha YZR-M1, a new soundtrack, created by Yamaha Motor Racing Srl and Yamaha Music Europe GmbH - Branch Italy, set the scene of the action to come this racing season. Rossi and Viñales proudly presented their new bikes with a refreshed livery. Besides a revamped Movistar logo, the "Movistar M" design element on the bike is now white, making it blend in perfectly with Yamaha Factory Racing's aesthetics.

The team is also pleased to announce that, after introducing slogans of Yamaha Indonesia Motor Manufacturing ("Semakin Di Depan", or "One Step Ahead" in English), Yamaha Motor Vietnam Co., Ltd. ("Go Beyond") and Yamaha Motor Philippines, Inc. ("Blue is Fast") on the M1s last year, also Thai Yamaha Motor Co., Ltd. ( will be featured on the bike in 2018.

Furthermore, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP is delighted that Software Cradle Co., Ltd. ( has joined its sponsor line-up for 2018 (until 2020).end bike test


KTM DAKARMatthias Walkner has won the 2018 Dakar Rally. The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rider completed the 14th and final stage of the event in eighth place, enough to ensure a hard-fought overall victory while also giving KTM a 17th consecutive motorcycle class win. Toby Price pushed hard to the finish, placing as runner-up on today’s stage to claim an impressive third in the overall standings.

Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Matthias Walkner entered the final timed special stage of the rally with a healthy 22-minute lead over his nearest competitor. Holding his nerve and completing the short 120km loop around the Argentinian city of Córdoba, the KTM 450 RALLY mounted rider did exactly what he needed to do to win the 2018 Dakar Rally. This victory, the first for an Austrian rider in the motorcycle class, is the 17th in a row for KTM, who have won each edition of the Dakar since the rally moved to South America in 2009.

Walkner has unquestionably put in a champion’s performance at this year’s event – the 40th edition of the Dakar Rally. The former FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion has ridden intelligently from the very first stage, finding the right balance between out-and-out speed and error-free navigation. Stage 10 was again a game-changer in the rally with Walkner ending the day with an almost 30-minute advantage over his nearest competitors.

In reaching the finish of today’s final stage in eighth position, Matthias was finally able to relax and celebrate a well-deserved win and let his historic achievement sink in. 

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Matthias Walkner: “It’s unbelievable - I can’t describe how it feels. This year’s Dakar has been so difficult, easily the toughest rally of my career. Navigation has been tricky pretty much every day. At the beginning of the race, all the top guys were so close with not much time between us. I just tried to keep on doing well each day without making any mistakes. Things were so tight right up to my stage victory. After that I aimed to finish each day safely and get to the end of the rally without losing my advantage. Luckily the tactics worked out and I’m here at the end now as the winner and it feels unreal. Thank you to my team and everyone that has supported me – we did it!” 

Finishing as runner-up on today’s stage, Toby Price did everything he could to close down the gap on the riders in front of him. Playing catch up following an unfortunate navigational error earlier in the rally, Price’s speed in the final stages of the event have been phenomenal. His result today secured third place in the overall standings, an amazing feat considering the 2018 Dakar is the Australian’s first competitive outing since injury forced him out of the 2017 event. 

Toby Price: “The final stage is over and it went really well. I’m happy to get to the finish line, that was always the main goal right from the start. I tried to push today to make up the time on Kevin (Benavides) but halfway through I knew five minutes was just too much and so I just aimed for a safe finish. To finish the Dakar is an achievement in itself, to come away at the end of this year’s race with a podium is unbelievable, especially after the year I’ve had. The whole team have come together and worked so hard, none of us could do it without them. I’ll concentrate on the 2018 season now and try to get a little stronger and come back here next year looking for the top-step.” ktm-450-rally-dakar-test

Similarly to his team-mate, Antoine Meo’s 2018 season has been plagued with injury. Coming into the Dakar the Frenchman’s goal was simply to get to the finish. Two stage wins and a successful rally later, Meo has placed an impressive fourth overall, a great achievement considering the difficulty of this year’s event. 

Antoine Meo: “I am so happy to complete the race in one piece. Today was difficult, not because of the length of the stage but because we had to wait around a bit and it was hard to maintain concentration. I tried to push early on, but after making a small mistake I caught a truck in an awkward part of the track and lost some time stuck behind him. I had a couple of crashes this year but nothing too bad. I’m happy with how things have gone and would like to thank the team for getting us through it this year.”

Laia Sanz never ceases to impress. Despite two big crashes on the closing stages of the race, the Spaniard gritted her teeth and kept on going. Always close to the top-10, Laia eventually completed the Dakar in 12th overall. The multiple world champion, was over the moon with her performance.

Laia Sanz: “I am so happy to get to the finish, I am really pleased with my position too – it has been a very tough rally. I had two big crashes, which luckily didn’t cause too much damage to me or the bike. I am exhausted now but feel good because I am here, safely at the finish. I want to thank all the team for their help and now it’s finally time to relax.” 

After close to 9,000km covered, one of the toughest rallies in history, the Dakar has come to a close. In only its second competitive outing the new KTM 450 RALLY has proven its worth and taken Matthias Walkner to his first Dakar win and KTM to its 17th Dakar victory.dakar-rally-2018-route-reveal

Provisional Final Standings – 2018 Dakar Rally 

1. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 43:06:01 
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 43:22:54 +16:53 
3. Toby Price (AUT), KTM, 43:29:02 +23:01 
4. Antoine Meo (FRA), KTM, 43:53:29 +47:28 
5. Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 44:07:05 +1:01:04 

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9. Daniel Oliveras Carreras (ESP), KTM, 45:43:21 +2:37:20 
12. Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, 46:02:03 +2:56:02end bike test

METZELER ROADTEC™ 01 awarded "Tyre of the Year” by Motorcycle News for the second consecutive season

TYRE otyThe renowned sports touring tyre makes it three in a row for METZELER tyres winning this prestigious award Munich (Germany), 18 October 2017 – The METZELER ROADTEC™ 01 has won the "2017 Tyre of the Year" award chosen by the UK publication Motorcycle News.

The prestigious British title had already awarded the sport touring tyre this important accolade in 2016, its debut year, confirming the excellent qualities of METZELER ROADTEC™ 01.

METZELER ROADTEC™ 01 has been proven as a reference tyre in the market and MCN is just the most recent award already obtained by this tyre.

Last year at its debut METZELER ROADTEC™ 01 also won the Sport Touring tyre comparative tests promoted by the German magazine Motorrad and by MCN in addition to the "Tyre of the Year 2016" award.

This year, MCN repeated the sport touring tyre comparative test and the winner was again METZELER ROADTEC™ 01. Two consecutive successes in this crucial market segment convinced the editorial team of Motorcycle News to award it this year with the "Tyre of the Year" award.

Chief Road Tester Michael Neeves from Motorcycle News explained the reasons why the METZELER ROADTEC™ 01 won the award for the second consecutive year: “The METZELER ROADTEC™ 01 has moved the game on a notch. They warm up exceptionally fast, even in the coldest conditions and offer good grip no matter the weather. They’re almost perfect.”

For METZELER this is the third consecutive "Tyre of the Year" award as RACETEC™ RR won the award in 2015, to be added to the three consecutive ones obtained as the "Best Tyre Brand" from the German magazine Motorrad.

Simon Carter, Metzeler UK Marketing Manager, added: "Winning the Tyre of the Year Award for three consecutive years, of which two with ROADTEC™ 01, is a source of tremendous satisfaction for all of us at METZELER. Those successes, as well as the victory for two consecutive years of the sport touring tyre comparative test and the Motorrad magazine's award as Best Tyre Brand for three consecutive years, confirms the high quality and technological superiority guaranteed by METZELER and its products".

The regularity by which the METZELER continues to be awarded with such prestigious titles is an important confirmation of the commitment and passion the brand is devoting to research and development. Providing motorcyclists with innovative solutions and setting themselves as a market reference points within their respective segments whilst at the same time continuously improving those products which are already undisputed market leaders.

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Two Yamaha Riders Inside The Top Four As Dakar Rally Reaches Its Halfway Point

8NVMOCYWK5VAFO8JLLYMFollowing six long and challenging days of racing in South America, the duo of Adrien Van Beverenand Xavier de Soultrait find themselves well-placed inside the top four of the 2018 Dakar Rally's provisional overall standings. With all four Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders successfully reaching the Laz Paz bivouac this afternoon, they are now looking forward to tomorrow's Rest Day in the Bolivian capital. 

Following a well-calculated plan of attack, Adrien Van Beveren secured a top 10 stage result, to reach the Dakar Rally's halfway point second in the provisional overall standings. Wrapping up a highly successful first week of racing in South America, the WR450F Rally powered rider is now one-minute and 57 seconds behind the provisional overall leader.

Able to show more of his skills today, Xavier de Soultrait enjoyed a great start to the special stage. Making a few crucial passes, the Frenchman lost some time in the deep mud halfway through the stage, eventually crossing the finish line in ninth position. Gradually gaining positions in the overall standings since the first stages of this year's Dakar, Xavier is now fourth in the overall and within striking distance of the leading trio.IHCLNRBZGJPW1V77NT4F

Enjoying yet another steady performance, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Rodney Faggotter remains inside the top 20 in the provisional overall standings. Reaching the La Paz bivouac without any issue, the Aussie is now 18th in the provisional overall.

Following yesterday's issues, Franco Caimi was back in the game today. Wrapping up stage five with a 21st place result, the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team rookie is moving up the overall standings.

Yamaha continues to dominate the Quad class of the 2018 Dakar Rally. With Ignacio Casale retaining the lead in the class' provisional overall standings, there are nine Yamaha powered riders inside the top 10.

The 2018 Dakar Rally's Rest Day tomorrow will give Yamaha Racing riders the chance to get some well-deserved rest ahead of the second week of competition. With eight more stages yet to be contested, week two of the event is shaping up to be equally or even more demanding than the first one. KUWJUJ4Q67T2N7QKDXTSend bike test


Van Beveren Retains Overall Lead After Dakar Rally’s Stage Five

HCE8JZ0UAGO7AXAKJMD2Putting in a convincing stage five performance, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Adrien Van Beveren remains at the top of the 2018 Dakar Rally's provisional overall standings. Living up to the challenges of yet another demanding stage in the dunes of Peru, his team partner Xavier de Soultrait is fifth overall and within striking distance to the top of the provisional leader board.

Following their 1-2 result from yesterday's stage four, the duo of Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team partners Van Beveren and de Soultrait were the first to start Wednesday's timed special. Opening the tracks from start to finish, the two WR450F Rally powered riders rode together until the finish of the 266km-long special.

Following his impressive winning result from yesterday's stage four, Adrien Van Beveren knew he would have to up his pace in order to maintain the coveted lead in the provisional overall standings. Enjoying a mistake-free stage, the Frenchman claimed a fifth-place result for the day. With the race heading to Bolivia tomorrow, Van Beveren and Yamaha will enter the second part of this year's rally as the provisional overall leaders.

For Xavier de Soultrait, today's stage five was another demonstration of the Frenchman's acute skills in tackling tricky rally stages. Racing alongside his teammate from the start to the finish of the timed special, Xavier brought his Yamaha home in sixth position and is now seven minutes and 42 seconds behind Adrien in the overall standings.EPT0E3J891E0R99SW21V

Continuing his steady run at this year's Dakar, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Rodney Faggotter crossed the finish line in 20th position. Making use of his experience the Aussie moved up one spot in the provisional overall where he is now placed 17th.

Stage five brought some mixed fortunes for Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Franco Caimi. Suffering a crash in the opening part of the timed special, the young Argentinean was left with a mountain to climb after his navigation tower got damaged. Giving his all to reach the finish line, Franco lost a vast amount of time and is now placed 38th in the overall standings.

Securing the runner-up spot for the stage, Ignacio Casale managed to further extend his lead in the Quad class' provisional overall standings. With five stages completed, the Yamaha powered rider is a whooping 40 minutes ahead of his closest rival.

After five gruelling days in the dunes of Peru, the 2018 Dakar Rally is heading east tomorrow and towards the mountains of Bolivia. Featuring a timed special of 313km, the day will end in the city of La Paz.end bike test

Van Beveren Wins Stage Four, Yamaha Takes Overall Dakar Rally Lead

AXTQNRASFAKK1R0VJHP6Putting in a brilliant stage performance aboard his WR450F Rally machine, Adrien Van Beveren has won stage four of the 2018 Dakar Rally. In doing so the Frenchman takes control of the event's provisional overall standings. Making the day even more special for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team, Adrien's team-mate Xavier de Soultrait claimed the runner-up spot on today's stage to move up to a very strong fifth position in the provisional overall standings.

CTX0EPMS3JOPCZCC8B07Everything went according to plan for Van Beveren on Tuesday's stage four of the Dakar. Making full use of his advantageous starting position - within the second group of riders - he put his vast sand racing experience to good use. Remaining focused on his navigation and pushing hard until the very end, he completed the timed special stage five minutes faster than his teammate Xavier de Soultrait and a blistering seven minutes faster than the rest of the field.

Four stages into this year's Dakar Rally and Van Beveren is currently leading the overall standings by a little less than two minutes over his closest rival Pablo Quintanilla. With still a long way to go in this 40th edition of the event, Adrien remains focused on the ultimate goal of making history by bringing Yamaha back to the top of the Dakar Rally.

Fast from the get go, Xavier de Soultrait enjoyed his best stage to date in this year's event. Being among the first group of riders to take the start, the Frenchman found himself provisionally leading the pack, only to be passed by his team-mate Van Beveren after the halfway mark. Securing the runner-up spot of the stage, Xavier is now fifth in the rally's provisional overall standings, seven minutes and 34 seconds behind Adrien.

Stage four saw Franco Caimi put in yet another strong performance in this year's Dakar Rally. Avoiding any costly mistakes, the young rider from Argentina claimed 11th on the stage to move up to eighth in the overall standings.

Enjoying a mistake-free performance, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Rodney Faggoter has now made it into the top 20 in the rally's overall standings. Securing 21st on stage four, the Aussie racer is now 18th in the overall standings.

Yamaha's domination continues in the quad class of the 2018 Dakar Rally. With Sergei Kariakin winning the stage, Chile's Ignacio Casale retains the provisional overall lead after stage four of the rally.

Leaving the San Juan de Marcona bivouac and heading south, competitors will have to race a 266km-long special stage on their way to the city of Arequipa tomorrow. The fifth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally will be one more test for their strength and stamina as the race slowly moves towards the high fields of Bolivia.Y5KO6PFK8QWKPU3227WA

Dakar Rally 2018 - Stage 4 - Provisional Classification
1. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 04:08:23
2. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 04:13:24, +05:01
3. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 04:15:33, +07:10
4. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 04:15:55, +07:32
5. Stefan Svitko (SVK), KTM, 04:16:08, +07:45
6. Dani Oliveras (ESP), KTM, 04:17:02, +08:39

11. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 04:18:46, +10:23
21. Rodney Faggotter (AUS), Yamaha, 04:25:49, +17:26
23. Alessandro Botturi (ITA), Yamaha, 04:28:43, +20:20

Dakar Rally 2018 - Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 4]
1. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 11:03:23
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 11:05:18, +01:55
3. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 11:06:38
4. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 11:08:46, +05:23
5. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 11:10:57, +07:34
6. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 11:13:37, +10:14

8. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 11:16:11, +12:48
18. Rodney Faggotter (AUS), Yamaha, 11:43:56, +40:33
20. Alessandro Botturi (ITA), Yamaha, 11:49:31, +46:08

Race Schedule - Dakar Rally 2018
Stage 1 | Jan 6 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 31km | Total: 272km
Stage 2 | Jan 7 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 267km | Total: 278km
Stage 3 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 295km | Total: 501km
Stage 4 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 330km | Total: 444km
Stage 5 | Jan 10 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 264km | Total: 770km
Stage 6 | Jan 11 | Arequipa to La Paz | SS: 313km | Total: 758km
Rest Day | Jan 12
Stage 7 | Jan 13 | La Paz to Uyuni | SS: 425km | Total: 726km
Stage 8 | Jan 14 | Uyuni to Tupiza | SS: 498km | Total: 584km
Stage 9 | Jan 15 | Tupiza to Salta | SS: 242km | Total: 754km
Stage 10 | Jan 16 | Salta to Belén| SS: 372km | Total: 795km
Stage 11 | Jan 17 | Belén to Fiambalá | SS: 280km | Total: 484km
Stage 12 | Jan 18 | Fiambalá to San Juan | SS: 375km | Total: 722km
Stage 13 | Jan 19 | San Juan to Córdoba | SS: 423km | Total: 904km
Stage 14 | Jan 20 | Córdoba to Córdoba | SS: 119km | Total: 284kmend bike test

Yamaha Racing Riders Battle Through Challenging Stage Three Of Dakar Rally

1BS0BMLJ9N24U15A1GIBMaking the best of a demanding stage three, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team riders Adrien Van BeverenFranco Caimi and Xavier de Soultrait all remain within striking distance to the provisional overall leaders of the 2018 Dakar Rally. Putting in a solid performance in the Peruvian dunes, their teammate Rodney Faggotter secured his first top 20 result at this year's event.

As the second rider to take the start of Monday's stage three, Adrien Van Beveren was one of the first riders assigned with the demanding task of finding the correct route in the unforgiving, sandy dunes of Peru. With many parallel tracks in numerous parts of the special stage, the Frenchman made a few small mistakes, wrapping up the day 13 minutes behind the stage winner. Continuing his strong run of form in this year's Dakar, Adrien is now sixth in the provisional overall standings.

Despite this only being the second Dakar of his career, Franco Caimi showed maturity and a great ability to navigate under pressure. Despite struggling to get his waypoints validated the Argentinean managed to remain focused on his riding and wrapped up the stage as the best performing Yamaha rider in 13th place. Franco is now 10th overall and 13 minutes behind the provisional overall leader.5EWVU8VCRGKD8X1763NY

Satisfied with his overall performance for the day, Xavier de Soultrait continues his considered run towards the finish of the race. Enjoying a good overall feeling on his WR450F Rally machine, the Frenchman found himself racing inside the top five for much of the stage. Making a small navigational mistake before the finish of the timed special, Xavier was 14th for the day.

Enjoying what was possibly his strongest stage performance in this year's event, Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team's Rodney Faggoter got his first top 20 result finishing the stage in 18th position. Three stages into the 2018 Dakar Rally and the Aussie is currently 21st in the provisional overall standings.

Yamaha powered riders continue to dominate the Quad class of the 2018 Dakar Rally. With Ignacio Casale securing yet another stage win, the first twelve spots in the provisional overall standings of the class are occupied by Yamaha mounted riders.

Featuring a circular route starting and finishing in San Juan de Marcona, the fourth stage of the 2018 Dakar Rally will feature yet more sandy dunes. The stage will see competitors set off for the 330km-long timed special together in a motocross-styled start.10ORBKE0H9HSLM6ZXLLM

Dakar Rally 2018 - Stage 3 - Provisional Classification
1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 03:20:43
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 03:23:46, +03:03
3. Toby Price (AUS), KTM, 03:21:11, +03:28
4. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 03:24:38, +03:55
5. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 03:25:03, +04:20
6. Gerard Farres (ESP), KTM, 03:25:51, +05:08

13. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 03:31:39, +10:56
14. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 03:32:35, +11:52
17. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 03:33:54, +13:11
18. Rodney Faggotter (AUS), Yamaha, 03:35:07, +14:24
20. Alessandro Botturi (ITA), Yamaha, 03:37:21, +16:38


Dakar Rally 2018 - Provisional Overall Classification [After Stage 3]
1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 06:44:23
2. Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 06:49:01, +04:38
3. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, 06:49:23, +05:00
4. Ricky Brabec (USA), Honda, 06:52:23, +08:00
5. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 06:53:13, +08:50
6. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 06:55:00, +10:37

9. Franco Caimi (ARG), Yamaha, 06:57:25, +13:02
10. Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, 06:57:33, +13:10
21. Rodney Faggotter (AUS), Yamaha, 07:18:07, +33:44
22. Alessandro Botturi (ITA), Yamaha, 07:20:48, +36:25


Race Schedule - Dakar Rally 2018
Stage 1 | Jan 6 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 31km | Total: 272km
Stage 2 | Jan 7 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 267km | Total: 278km
Stage 3 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 295km | Total: 501km
Stage 4 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 330km | Total: 444km
Stage 5 | Jan 10 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 264km | Total: 770km
Stage 6 | Jan 11 | Arequipa to La Paz | SS: 313km | Total: 758km
Rest Day | Jan 12
Stage 7 | Jan 13 | La Paz to Uyuni | SS: 425km | Total: 726km
Stage 8 | Jan 14 | Uyuni to Tupiza | SS: 498km | Total: 584km
Stage 9 | Jan 15 | Tupiza to Salta | SS: 242km | Total: 754km
Stage 10 | Jan 16 | Salta to Belén| SS: 372km | Total: 795km
Stage 11 | Jan 17 | Belén to Fiambalá | SS: 280km | Total: 484km
Stage 12 | Jan 18 | Fiambalá to San Juan | SS: 375km | Total: 722km
Stage 13 | Jan 19 | San Juan to Córdoba | SS: 423km | Total: 904km
Stage 14 | Jan 20 | Córdoba to Córdoba | SS: 119km | Total: 284km
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Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Gear Up For 2018 Dakar Rally

9WZOJ0VS59RS3PXRCY7YThe Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team of Adrien Van BeverenXavier de SoultraitFranco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter are all-set for the most demanding challenge on the annual rally calendar - the 2018 Dakar Rally held this year in Peru, Bolivia and Argentina. In what's expected to be the toughest Dakar in recent years, the Yamaha Racing quartet will be proudly carrying a special Ténéré 700 World Raid livery on their WR450F Rally machines.

Under the guidance of team director Alexandre Kowalski, team manager José Leloir and highly-experienced sport manager Jordi Arcarons the quartet of Yamaha riders head to South America looking to improve on last year's highly positive performances. Their ultimate goal is to challenge for the podium and successfully complete the hugely demanding event.VK7KKXE00V7GLHH4XQQO

Following a stellar performance in 2017, which saw him end his Dakar Rally adventure fourth and less than one-minute behind a potential podium result, Adrien Van Beveren is looking to finish even higher in 2018. Building his speed following injury early on during the 2017 season, the Frenchman is now at the top of his game and ready to do battle in South America.

Making a strong statement throughout 2017 following his Merzouga Rally victory and top three result at the Desafio Ruta 40, Xavier de Soultrait has demonstrated he has what it takes to battle on equal terms with the rally elite. Completing more than 20,000km of racing during the 2017 season, the Frenchman will be a strong asset for the Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team at the upcoming Dakar.X3VZXJ1MLFB0A8HAEMTS

Demonstrating impressive speed in his first event aboard the WR450F Rally, team rookie Franco Caimi wrapped up the 2017 Merzouga Rally with an impressive third place overall result. Winning stages and continuing to improve during the season, the young Argentinean will be pushing for stage victories at the 2018 Dakar Rally while gaining further rally racing experience.

The Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team is completed by Rodney Faggoter. Entering his second Dakar Rally aboard WR450F Rally machinery, the Australian is looking to make the most of his experience and mechanical aptitude to assist the team and get as close to the top five as possible.0WJZ0DULAL2Z7XTKMCZV

Honouring the imminent return of one of the most successful motorcycles ever, the team's four WR450F Rally machines will be proudly wearing the Ténéré 700 World Raid name and graphics throughout the 2018 Dakar Rally.

Yamaha Italy supported Alessandro Botturi and highly experienced racer Camelia Liparoti will further strengthen the brand's presence at the 2018 Dakar Rally. With Botturi entering his seventh Dakar Rally next January, Liparoti will make a debut appearance in the SSV class in Yamaha's YXZ1000R side-by-side machine.TJ3VZHBZ8BOJK5QOUB2A

Including seven 100% off-piste stages and five stages at an altitude of more than 3,000 meters, this 40th edition of the Dakar Rally is expected to be one of the most demanding in recent history. Kicking off in Lima, Peru on January 6, 2018, competitors will have to contest 4,500km of timed special plus another 4,500km of liaison sections on their way towards the finish line. The big finish of the 2018 Dakar Rally will take place in Córdoba, Argentina on January 20.end bike test







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