The Desafío Inca will be held in Peru from September 11-13 and the leaders are beginning to make themselves known. Yamaha Motor Europe is entering Hélder Rodrigues on this round of the Dakar Series. The Portuguese rider will be joined by Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren.

The two previous editions of the Desafío Inca in Peru have convinced riders that this event is the ideal way to prepare for the Dakar. Yamaha got the message and has entered two riders for the third and final round of the 2015 Dakar Series that will be run from September 11-13 in Peru (the official presentation will be held on July 9, 2015).

Hélder Rodrigues, who returns to Yamaha this year, will be joined by young French rider Adrien Van Beveren, who will be entered in the Dakar Challenge category. An interesting association between the experienced 36-year old Portuguese rally-raider, who won the 2011 Cross Country Rallies World Championship, has two overall top-three results on the Dakar (from 9 participations), seven stage victories (including three with Yamaha) and that of a young moto-cross rider who is a sand specialist and twice winner of the Enduropale du Touquet. Van Beveren is also well-known in South America after winning the Del Verano Enduro sand race in Argentina.

Helder Rodrigues has been on form this year aboard the Yamaha 450 WRF, winning the Tunisia Rally and taking a podium result in Sardinia. No doubt he will arrive in Peru with ambitious goals. Adrien Van Beveren will be aiming for victory in the Dakar Challenge category, which would see him win his entry for the 2016 Dakar.

We will have the details of the 2015 Desafío Inca in a few days’ time.