Yamaha’s Adrien Van Beveren crashed out of the lead of the Dakar rally today. “Following a crash shortly before the end of stage 10, Adrien has been forced to abandon the 2018 Dakar. He attempted to complete the stage but was unable to continue and was airlifted for medical check,” said a Yamaha statement. It’s thought the 27-year-old Frenchman is being checked out for a broken collarbone and damage to his middle and lower spine.
After looking like KTM could lose for the first time in almost two decades, the firm’s Austrian ace Matthias Walkner was the big winner of the day. He won the 10th stage and also took the lead in the overall standings. He won the stage more than 11 minutes ahead of Pablo Quintanilla and 39 minutes ahead overall on Joan Barreda as many of the top riders got lost.