Yamalube Yamaha Rally team riders are all set to take on the 2019 Dakar aboard the newest edition of the WR450F Rally works machine. With this 41st edition of the prestigious event contested exclusively in Peru, Yamaha will be strongly represented by Adrien Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait, and Rodney Faggotter. Franco Caimi’s participation will be decided prior to the event’s start in Peru. Working hard during the last few months to be ready for the biggest event in the annual rally racing calendar, the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team members are all looking forward to the 2019 Dakar. Remaining under the guidance of team director Alexandre Kowalski, team manager José Leloir and sport manager Jordi Arcarons, all riders are looking to make the most of their experience as they battle against the world’s elite rally racers in what is expected to be an anything but easy event.

Spearheading the team’s efforts for yet another year is Adrien Van Beveren. One of the revelations of the 2018 Dakar Rally, Adrien is eager to impress by fighting for the overall victory next January. At the top of his game following months of hard work, the French rider is now ready to do battle in the dunes of Peru. “I couldn’t be any happier with how things have worked out the last few months. I had some good weeks of training on and off the bike and I feel I’ve made a big step going into the Dakar. Physically I feel even stronger than last year and I just want to work on some minor details before heading to Peru. Race organisers announced there’ll be more than 90% of dune stages. I love racing in sand so I feel really comfortable going into this rally. With the race being shorter and more intense than in the past, I believe the level of competition will be quite high. These conditions really suit my style of racing and I really can’t wait to take the start of the race in Lima.”

Putting in many thousands of racing and training kilometres aboard his WR450F Rally machine in 2018, Xavier de Soultrait is set to enter the fifth Dakar Rally of his career this coming January. Working hard to further improve his navigational skills, the Frenchman has his eyes set on climbing onto the podium in Lima. “If the race started tomorrow, I’m happy to say I’d be 100% ready for it. These last few months I’ve been working hard, riding my rally bike in the sand in France and elsewhere. Physically I feel strong and I’ve also worked a lot on navigation. Last year I had a very good first week in the dunes of Peru. We’ve done a couple of races there now so I am feeling comfortable with the terrain and the conditions in the area. The next Dakar will be shorter and I like this new format. We’ve made some small changes to the gearing and the suspension and our bike now is perfect for the conditions we expect to have. I’ve studied the stages a lot and made my plans for each one of them. If it all goes well I believe I have a good chance to be among the frontrunners and battle for a good overall result in Peru.”

Playing a crucial role for the Yamalube Yamaha Rally team during the last two Dakar Rallies, Rodney Faggotter remains with the squad going into the 2019 edition of the event. Enjoying an extremely consistent run that saw him finish 16th overall at the 2018 Dakar Rally, the Aussie will look to improve on this result in January 2019. “I’m looking forward to the 2019 Dakar. I’ve been racing some Bajas and training hard back home in Australia these last few months. I feel strong physically and also mentally. In the beginning of December we’ve spent a full week testing and training with the team in Morocco and that was a good morale booster for me. We have a great spirit within the team and I want to be there for my teammates if they need me. I want to have a good clean run and do my own race. This Dakar might seem shorter, but we all know it’s still going to be a long and demanding race. If it all goes well, I’m confident I can improve my overall result from last year and fight for a spot inside the top-10.”

With the team 100% ready to have Franco Caimi enter the 2019 Dakar Rally, his participation will be decided just before the start of the race. Doing everything possible to return to full fitness following his injury during the Morocco Rally, the rider from Argentina is expecting to undergo his last medical checks just a few days before the start of the event. “I’ve been working really hard to get back to fitness and I’m getting stronger and stronger every day. Ever since I came back home to Argentina after my injury in Morocco, I’ve been closely following the plan that my doctors together with my trainers have set for me. I’ve been working every day either in the swimming pool or on my bicycle and I will jump on my rally bike as soon as the doctors allow me to do so. I am doing the best I can at the moment and I am positive I will be allowed to race the Dakar in January. A few days before the start in Lima, I’ll have to pass the medical exams from ASO and then I’ll know whether or not I can race. For the past few weeks I’m making good progress and I am positive I will be able to make it happen.”

Further strengthening Yamaha’s presence at the 2019 Dakar will be Camelia Liparoti. Teaming up with Rosa Romero Font as her co-driver, the two highly-experienced racers will compete in Yamaha’s YXZ1000R side-by-side machine at the coming edition of the event in Peru. Taking place in the southern part of Peru, the 2019 Dakar Rally features a total of 10 demanding stages. The race kicks off on January 7 in Lima, with competitors returning to the Peruvian city for the big finish on January 17 and after an exhaustive 5,000km in the dunes of the South American country.

Race Schedule – Dakar Rally 2019
Stage 1 | Jan 7 | Lima to Pisco | SS: 84km | Total: 331km
Stage 2 | Jan 8 | Pisco to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 342km | Total: 554km
Stage 3 | Jan 9 | San Juan de Marcona to Arequipa | SS: 331km | Total: 779km
Stage 4 | Jan 10 | Arequipa to Moquegua | SS: 352km | Total: 511km
Stage 5 | Jan 11 | Moquegua to Arequipa | SS: 345km | Total: 776km
Rest Day | Jan 12 | Arequipa
Stage 6 | Jan 13 | Arequipa to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 317km | Total: 839km
Stage 7 | Jan 14 | San Juan de Marcona to San Juan de Marcona | SS: 323km | Total: 387km
Stage 8 | Jan 15 | San Juan de Marcona to Pisco | SS: 361km | Total: 576km
Stage 9 | Jan 16 | Pisco to Pisco | SS: 313km | Total: 410km
Stage 10 | Jan 17 | Pisco to Lima | SS: 112km | Total: 358km

 

Can’t make it to Méthamis this weekend to attend the Grand Prix of France? No worries, ABC Communication and Vigneau & Co will be broadcasting a Facebook Live of the Saturday afternoon ‘Super Straight‘ event.
This ‘Super Straight‘, an original idea by Greg GILSON to replace the traditional Super Test and add a little more spice to Saturday, will be the very last special of the day. We should therefore see very exciting duels to determine the winners of Day 1 and the places on the podiums of the 7 categories!
This special, sponsored by Kenny Racing, Ipone and Willermin Utilities, will be broadcast live on EnduroGP‘s Facebook page. For this, four cameras and a drone will be deployed in order to make you live the best possible experience and to see Alex SALVINI (I – Husqvarna), Steve HOLCOMBE (GB – Beta), Christophe NAMBOTIN (F – Gas Gas), Loïc LARRIEU (F – Yamaha) and others at work in this unique event. 
 
So join us on Saturday, September 22, around 17:00 CET (time to be confirmed) on EnduroGP‘s official Facebook page to follow in full the last special of the first day of the Grand Prix of France!

Making light work of a tough round six of the 2018 FIM Enduro World Championship in Edolo, Italy, Jamie McCanney twice finished as runner-up in the highly competitive Enduro 1 category at the GP of Italy. Collecting valuable points, the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship with two rounds to go

Featuring challenging special tests in muddy and wet conditions, the GP of Italy was tough both physically and mentally for all competitors. Back to competitive fitness following his shoulder injury at the previous round of the series, Jamie McCanney entered the GP of Italy focused on collecting as many points as possible for the championship.

Starting the weekend with a positive third-place result in the short opening SuperTest, the WR250F powered rider was a force to be reckoned with during the first full day of racing. Posting times inside the top-three in 11 out of 12 tests, McCanney secured the runner-up spot in the 250cc class.

On day two McCanney posted top-three times in all but two tests, to secure his second consecutive runner-up result in the Enduro 1 category. Despite being unable to score points at the GP of Trentino due to his shoulder injury, Jamie remains second in the provisional Enduro 1 World Championship standings. With two rounds still to be contested, he is now 24 points behind provisional leader Brad Freeman.

Jamie McCanney and the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team return to action in Methamis, France for the penultimate round of the 2018 Enduro World Championship on September 22/23.

Jaimy McCanney,

“It was a hard GP and I’m satisfied with the results we got here in Italy. Coming back from my shoulder injury made things even harder for me this weekend, but my speed was good – I was happy to find out that my pace was good on day one. I was challenging for the overall EnduroGP class podium all day long, before getting second in my class. The last three months I’ve been doing my best to get back my fitness and strength and this GP was tough on me both physically and mentally. Getting second again on day two in such a stacked field of riders is a good result. We’ll keep on building from here and the goal now is to come back even stronger at the French GP in late September.”

 

 

With four rounds complete, the World Enduro Super Series now gears up for the second half of the season with four more action-packed races awaiting. In the battle to become this year’s ULTIMATE ENDURO CHAMPION, Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Jonny Walker holds the upper hand over his title contenders. But with four different event winners having already emerged, the fight for the top step of the podium has been anything but predictable.

In May, Portugal’s Extreme XL Lagares proved an exciting start as the inaugural season of WESS racing. From Portugal, the series headed to Austria and one of Enduro’s most iconic venues – the Erzbergrodeo. After two high-speed days of qualification, the action culminated with the legendary Erzbergrodeo Red Bull Hare Scramble. Played out live on Red Bull TV, the 500 competitors went to battle on the Iron Giant’s formidable terrain.

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Shortly thereafter, the WESS headed to France and the Trèfle Lozérien AMV for Classic Enduro just five days later. In stark contrast to the Erzbergrodeo, France’s most prestigious Enduro offered a test of speed and tenacity across 600 kilometres of idyllic countryside. An opportunity for the Classic Enduro specialists to show their skills, Hard Enduro’s top players also secured some notable results, too. Six weeks later saw the championship travel to one of the furthest corners of Europe for round four and the Red Bull Romaniacs in Romania. A demanding test of man and machine against the elements, the five-day Hard Enduro Rallye celebrated its 15th edition in style. Challenging the physical and mental strength of the 500 competitors from 53 nations, it simultaneously offered some incredibly closely fought racing.

 

The World Enduro Super Series continues with round five at Red Bull 111 Megawatt, Poland on September 8th and 9th.

 

WESS Fast Facts

4: Number of different winners from the first four rounds
5: Number of manufacturers placed inside the top 10 overall standings
11: Nationalities placed inside the top 20 championship standings
82: Points difference between fifth and seventh in championship standings
840: Competitors who have scored WESS points this season

Championship Standings (After round 4 of 8)

1. Jonny Walker (KTM – GB) 2900pts; 2. Manuel Lettenbichler (KTM – GER) 2715pts; 3. Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB) 2520pts; 4. Wade Young (Sherco – RSA) 2220pts; 5. Paul Bolton (KTM – GB) 1832pts; 6. Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB) 1818pts; 7. Josep Garcia (KTM – ESP) 1750pts; 8. Taddy Blazusiak (KTM – POL) 1445pts; 9. Travis Teasdale (Beta – RSA) 1410pts; 10. Lars Enockl (Gas Gas – AUT) 1351pts…

2018 WESS Event Winners

Round 1 – Extreme XL Lagares: Billy Bolt (Husqvarna – GB)
Round 2 – Erzbergrodeo: Graham Jarvis (Husqvarna – GB)
Round 3 – Trèfle Lozérien AMV: Loic Larrieu (Yamaha – FRA)
Round 4 – Red Bull Romaniacs: Wade Young (Sherco – RSA)

WORLD ENDURO SUPER SERIES – 2018 SCHEDULE

Rnd 1. Extreme XL Lagares (Portugal) May 11-13
Rnd 2. Erzbergrodeo (Austria) May 31-June 3
Rnd 3. Trèfle Lozérien AMV (France) June 8-10
Rnd 4. Red Bull Romaniacs (Romania) July 24-28
Rnd 5. Red Bull 111 Megawatt (Poland) September 8-9
Rnd 6. Hawkstone Park Cross-Country (England) September 22-23
Rnd 7. Gotland Grand National (Sweden) October 26-27
Rnd 8. Red Bull Knock Out (The Netherlands) November 10