Adrien Van Beveren is the latest victim of the Curse of the Japanese 450 Rally Bike.
A series of almost laughable errors has realistically ruled Honda out of any chance at even a podium at this year’s Dakar Rally.
It’s getting down to the wire, with only three days left, and no room for errors.
There were several sad stories of withdrawals today, including the frontrunner in the Malle Moto class.
Day 4 saw the riders in the first part of a marathon stage, with no outside help available to repair the bikes at the end of the day’s racing.
It looked like everything was business as usual this morning at the start of Stage 3, and then it all blew to pieces very quickly.
The mayhem really got underway today, with most of the usual suspects leading the pace.
Today’s riding is just about determining tomorrow’s starting postition.
The 2019 Dakar Rally starts Sunday. Here’s how the race works.
From an epic two-continent race in Europe and Africa, the Dakar rally is now down to a 10-stage race in a single country.