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Making the best of a demanding stage three, Yamalube #yamaha Official Rally Team riders Adrien Van Beveren, Franco 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, #adrienvanbeveren 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, #francocaimi 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.
Satisfied with his overall performance for the day, #xavierdesoultrait 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.
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