2016 Dakar Last Stage; Rodrigues and Van Beveren Raced Wheel to Wheel to the Finish in Rosario

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Dakar is over! Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team’s Hélder Rodrigues and Yamalube Yamaha Junior Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren completed today’s thirteenth and last stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally. They signed off with a good third and ninth position on this last special aboard their WR450F Rally and reached the final podium in Rosario, where an admiring crowd applauded the award ceremony and results announcement. The Yamaha riders ended up in fifth and sixth position, respectively, in the overall classification of the toughest rally of the world.

Today’s thirteenth and last stage of the 2016 Dakar Rally brought the competitors from Villa Carlos Paz’ bivouac to Rosario’s podium through a 699 kilometres journey on twisty, undulating routes and faster sandy and rocky sections. The 180-kilometre special of this last Dakar stage was probably the most challenging of the whole competition, with high stakes for the leaders. The battle for the podium was fierce and the front-runners all knew that anything could happen on the Dakar in the home stretch.

The reverse departure order was the main characteristic of today’s stage, making it even more challenging as the last riders of the overall ranking started first and raised much dust on the route, which forced the rider topping the leader board to slow down their pace.

Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team’s Rodrigues, with boosted confidence after his yesterday’s stage win, was fully committed to climbing up one more position in the overall classification today. However, he wasn’t able to attack as much as he would have liked, because of the route conditions; the dust blocked his view and made the special more complicated to handle. Yamaha’s top rider was forced to ride cautiously in order to join Rosario’s podium with his WR450F Rally in good shape and secure a top-5 general ranking. Rodrigues decided to avoid any risks and raced for a big finish. He ended up third of the stage and overall fifth of the Dakar Rally.

Yamaha’s rookie, Adrien Van Beveren, had as main target to get through his first Dakar Rally, but did even better in gaining one more place in the overall classification. He also stole the spotlight from his fellow countryman and Dakar beginner, Antoine Méo; Van Beveren is the first French rider of the 2016 Dakar on the general timesheet. He figures in the top-6 of the competition, in the slot just behind teammate Rodrigues.

In the quad category, the Patronelli supremacy continued. After a year off, Marcos Patronelli, thirty-three years old, offered his third victory on the toughest rally of the world. Winner in 2010 and 2013, the youngest brother did not flinch on this 38th edition and his brother, Alejandro, gave a good performance too, and finished just five minutes behind Marcos, in second overall position. Their closest rival, Brian Baragwanath (also driving a Yamaha Raptor 700) completed the podium but one hour and forty-two minutes behind them on the overall timesheet. Between them, the Patronelli have now accumulated five Dakar titles.

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