Yamaha’s factory rally team have wheeled in new staff ahead of the weekend’s season opening Rally Kazakhstan in order to improve reliability.

Since the 2021 Dakar, the Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team has expanded its technical staff to further develop the Yamaha WR450F Rally bike and improve both its reliability and performance.

In taking to the start of Rally Kazakhstan, the team will face its first competitive world championship outing of the season with a new team structure, refined machinery, and a revised rider line-up, as they take their first steps towards Dakar 2022.


“Since the team returned from the Dakar we’ve made a number of positive changes that will benefit all three riders as well as strengthening the team’s personnel,” said team boss Alexandre Kowalski.

“We’ve brought in a technician who has a lot of experience in rally to improve the reliability of the bikes and the whole team is really positive ahead of round one. We have a smaller team for this season and are a little more focused with three riders, Adrien, Andrew, and Ross. They’re all really motivated to be racing again.

“Rally Kazakhstan is a great event for us to start the season. It’s a little bit smaller than the other rallies and only five days of racing, so it’s a good place to start and then we’ll take it step-by-step as we head towards the Dakar in 2022. All three of our riders want to perform, and they’re very capable of being competitive so we look forward to a positive season of racing in 2021.”