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Putting 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, #adrienvanbeveren 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 #xavierdesoultrait, 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.
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.
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