Moto Land-Yamaha Yamalube Racing’s Adrien Van Beveren made the famously intense beach race Enduro du Touquet look easy this afternoon as he rode his Yamaha YZ450F to victory, claiming the French Sand Racing Championship (FFM des Courses sur Sable) title for the second time in a row.
Despite more than a thousand participants rushing at 165 km/h to the first corner, it was none other than Yamaha’s Van Beveren who took the holeshot award and the thousand euros prize money that goes with it. The 25 year old enjoyed a fight for the lead with rival Yentel Martens, closely followed by fellow Yamaha rider Daymond Martens. The leading trio soon started lapping riders, as heavy traffic resulted in a jam in front of the first jump after the start finish.
Van Beveren skillfully followed Martens through the cluster of stranded riders and took over the lead. Martens didn’t give up easily, but Van Beveren was able to hold off the Belgium rider’s aggressive attacks. The fight was decided by the first of three mandatory pit stops. Van Beveren was the last one to go to his box at the end of his fifth lap and was soon back on his way, re-entering the race at the front.
The race leader suffered a small collision with a backmarker, but managed to hold on and steer clear of further forms of trouble. Not letting the exhaustion get to him after completing 14 laps of 13 km he cruised to the finish line and clocked a time of 3h02’46.986, followed by Daymond Martens (at 5’50.964), Julien Tournessi (at 6’32.862) and Yamaha Factory Racing Rally Team Yamalube’s Dakar rider Olivier Pain (at one lap) who claimed second, third and fourth place respectively.
In the MX2 Junior class it was Maxime Renaux who charged to the top step of the podium on his Yamaha YZ125 2 stroke. The French 14 year old,is the first rider to win the Enduropale du Touquet MX2 Junior class on a 125cc model. He completed 24 laps and finished with a time of 1h30’52.082.
The Enduro du Touquet was created by Thierry Sabine in 1975, and has become a legend in the world of motorcycle sport, attracting more than a 100.000 spectators every year. Celebrating its 40th anniversary, this legendary event has been able to evolve and adapt to environmental constraints and is seen as the ultimate get-together for professional beach racers and newcomers from other disciplines.
Enduro du Touquet
1. Adrien Van Beveren, FRA (Yamaha) 14 laps, 03:02:46.986
2. Daymond Martens, BEL (Yamaha) 14 laps, 03:08:37.950, +5:50.964
3. Julien Tournessi, FRA (KTM) 14 laps, 03:09:19.848, +6:32.862
4. Olivier Pain, FRA (Yamaha) 13 laps, 03:12:56.342, +1 lap
5. Nicolas Cailly, FRA (Honda) 13 laps, 03:15:55.967, +1 lap
6. Rodolphe Bignot, FRA (Yamaha) 13 laps, 03:16:22.918, +1 lap
7. Nicolas Leteve, FRA (Suzuki) 13 laps, 03:21:03.131, +1 lap
8. Eddy Mollon, FRA (Yamaha) 12 laps, 03:03:10.072, +2 laps
9. Arnaud Moras, FRA (Suzuki) 12 laps, 03:03:37.808, +2 laps
10. Cedric Tosatto, FRA (Yamaha) 12 laps, 03:05:25.912, +2 laps