Dakar 2018: Yamaha looking for the surprise with the WR450F Rally

Honda and KTM have hoarded all the light bulbs when speaking of the bike category of the Dakar. For this reason, Yamaha wants to give the surprise in the Dakar 2018 and put in bail to the two big structures that dominate the rally-raid of the world’s toughest. To do this, the team Yamalube Yamaha Rally Team will feature the new Yamaha WR450F Rally, a bike that has been designed to overcome successfully the most demanding terrain. The training will look at the 40th edition of the Dakar a livery special with the name Tenere, trying to recapture the spirit of the bikes that Yamaha has won the Dakar.

face to the edition of 2018 of the Dakar, the official team of the brand of the tuning fork will be with four pilots. Adrian Van Beveren, Xavier de Soultrait, Franco Caimi and Rodney Faggotter will be in charge of piloting the four Yamaha WR450F Rally of the structure of the factory, a bike that, according to team director Alexandre Kowalski, is lighter, quicker in a straight line and more consistent over changing conditions than its predecessor. The experienced Jordi Arcarons will ultimately be the leader of this project, at least in its facet sport and always with a role closer to the pilots.

Adrien Van Beveren is somehow the spearhead of a project of Yamaha. Despite suffering an injury in the first part of the season, Van Beveren comes finished fourth in his second Dakar. His progression has been fantastic and in the evidence that has coincided with the pilots of Honda and KTM throughout the season has been at its height. Xavier de Soultrait will be the second trump card of the team after competing in the Dakar 2017 as private. The French rider is winning the Rally Merzouga to the beginning of the year.