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With poor weather conditions playing a major part in today's stage eight of the 2017 #dakar Rally, the duo of #yamaha Racing's Adrien Van Beveren and Xavier de Soultrait reached the end of the two-day-long marathon stage retaining their strong third and sixth positions respectively in the rally's provisional overall rankings. Joined at the finish of today's stage by Hélder Rodrigues, the trio of #yamaha riders will continue pushing for even better results in the remaining stages of this year's #dakar Rally.
Rising river water levels forced organisers to modify the stage, splitting the timed special into two parts. Making a cautious start to the special stage, Yamalube #yamaha Official Rally Team's Adrien Van Beveren went on to post the 11th fastest time of the day. With four stages left to be contested in this year's #dakar Rally the Frenchman is still holding on to a very strong third place in the rally's provisional overall standings.
Trying to make the most of his experience in the difficult conditions of today's stage, Hélder Rodrigues struggled to find a good race pace and had to settle for 18th. The Portuguese rider is currently 16th in the rally's standings, less than 30 minutes behind the provisional top 10.
Attacking today's second part of the marathon stage, WR450F mounted Xavier de Soultrait was the highest placed #yamaha rider. Involved in some great battles with the fastest riders of the day, the Frenchman wrapped up the stage in ninth to retain his impressive sixth place in the provisional overall standings.
Update: With all major roads being blocked due to flooding and mud slides, team crews and competitors eventually reached the Salta bivouac right after midnight, which forced race organisers to cancel Wednesday's stage nine. #yamaharacing riders together with their team crews will now head directly to next day's bivouac in Chilecito, where the race will resume on Thursday morning.