Monster Energy Yamaha’s Adrien Van Beveren saw his Dakar aspirations ended following a high-speed crash shortly after the start of the stage. Adrien fractured a collarbone and has been transported to hospital for observation.
The second leg of the event’s marathon stage, day three saw riders complete a 504-kilometre looped stage that took competitors through breathtaking scenery and canyons to the north of the country. The 427-kilometre special stage was effectively shortened by the organisers – after the full distance had been completed – due to competitor GPS issues that left many riders unable to find key waypoints.
Sadly, stage three marked the end of the 2020 Dakar Rally for Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team’s Adrien Van Beveren. Crashing shortly after the start of the special stage Adrien was thrown from his WR450F Rally at approximately 120 kilometres per hour, landing heavily on his right side. Attended to quickly by fellow competitors, he was soon in the event’s medical helicopter and taken to the medical centre in the bivouac.
Continuing his Dakar Rally learning journey, Jamie McCanney enjoyed a good day. Feeling much more comfortable with the terrain, the Manxman placed a strong 33rd.