MONSTER ENERGY HONDA
Adrien VAN BEVEREN(fra) 1.87m / 86kg
moto de piste, jetski, VTT, rallye voiture, buggy…
Monster, Honda, HRC, Motul, Showa, Method Race Wheels, 100%, Alpinestars
A new start for ‘VBA’
After 2017 and his 4th place on the Dakar, just a handful of seconds off the podium, Adrien Van Beveren suffered four consecutive DNFs, the hardest to digest being that of 2018 where he narrowly missing out on victory, after falling on stage 10 while leading the race. The next three editions also took their toll on the three-time winner of the Enduropale du Touquet, both physically and mentally. After the Dakar 2021, which decimated their entire team, Yamaha began to ask themselves some serious questions. For the first time ‘VBA’ took part in the whole of the world championship, at the end of which the Frenchman finished second in the world championship behind Matthias Walkner, giving Yamaha second place in the manufacturers' championship and with it the confidence to forget their ‘black’ Dakar. In January 2022, ‘VBA’ replayed the scenarios of his first Dakar rallies, taking the lead of the race a few days before the finish as in 2018, only to finish at the foot of the podium as in 2017, his best performance to date. On February 18, Yamaha announced the end of their Dakar motorcycle programme, putting a stop to fourteen years of participation. The reigning world vice-champion, who was fourth in the provisional W2RC standings with 20 points, did not show up for the start of the second round of the W2RC. The Frenchman, who was recruited by Honda at the end of May, is due to return to the World Championship at the Rallye du Maroc, where he finished fifth in 2021. Despite his absence from the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, he is seventh in the provisional W2RC standings thanks to the points he earned on the Dakar. Places of honour remain accessible for Honda’s new recruit who in Agadir will start his first race under the HRC banner.