Complicated sixth stage of the Silk Road Rally as the confusing, winding routes across the Mongolian steppes wreak havoc among riders and cause many navigational issues.

A thousand paths around Mongolia made for a tricky sixth day filled with navigation at the Silk Way Rally. The final stretches of the stage – with 408.17 kilometres against the clock proved to be particularly tough with some riders having great navigational difficulties to find the correct route. Riders, once again, had to face high-speed track en route through the Mongolian steppes.

After yesterday’s crash Joan Barreda – who was nevertheless able to make it to the finish, albeit very late in the day – today bounced back, registering notable times to eventually finish third, three minutes behind the winner of the special. Monster Energy Honda Team companion José Ignacio Cornejo finished tenth.

Kevin Benavides hadn’t counted on the complications which eventually arose in the final stretches. The Argentinean rider was having a good day, recording good times on the stopwatch, in a bid not to concede time and set himself up to able to attack over the final stages. However, a series of confusing notes in the roadbook saw him among a group of several riders lose time trying to hunt down the correct route. Benavides dropped precious minutes and likewise slipped down the overall standings. The Argentine rider will go all out to try and claw back the time before the race finishes on Sunday.

Tomorrow there will be no special timed stage, but neither will there be a rest day due to the liaison section to be completed between Dalanzadgad and Bayinbaolige. The journey will feature a 550.66-kilometre trip from the final bivouac in Mongolia to the new camp in China.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

At the end of the stage I made a mistake with the roadbook when we found various riders trying to find the right route in the roadbook. We were searching for a track that we just couldn’t locate. It was really complicated. I was keeping the others in check because I didn’t want to have to open the track in the next stage either, but in the end we just got caught up in this mess. Let’s see what happens in the end.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

Today was a good stage after yesterday’s one. I have recovered the "feeling" and the race. The stage was really fast but I felt very comfortable and I rode well right until the end. In the middle of the stage there was a complicated situation for all the riders. The navigation was a bit confusing but I was able to get ahead. Now, for the final three stages, we will just have to hope that everything goes well.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

Today was a very fast stage. Everything went well until the neutralisation section, at more or less the halfway stage, where I started to have problems with the GPS. A lot of the riders lost the signal and we couldn’t find our way out of a complicated area. I had a hard time getting back into the race but in the end the day wasn’t so bad despite all these problems. Tomorrow, we have a day of liaison to cross into China just the road section, so we can rest a bit to face the final days better motivated.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Silk Way Rally

Russia-Mongolia-China, Russia

Rally 2019, Round 2

Friday 12 Jul 2019, 14:59 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Oriol Mena SPA 25 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero 2:13'32
2 Adam Tomiczek POL 20 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +0'16
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'03
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'52
5 Laia Sanz SPA 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +5'09
6 Andrew Short USA 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'31
7 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'32
8 Adrien van Beveren FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'48
9 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'02
10 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'12
11 Luciano Benavides ARG 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +14'25
12 Maciej Giemza POL 4 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +17'08
13 Kevin Benavides ARG 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +20'16
Thursday 11 Jul 2019, 09:56 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 3:05'31
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'33
3 Paulo Goncalves POR 16 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +2'47
4 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'59
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +7'37
6 Luciano Benavides ARG 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'33
7 Andrew Short USA 9 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +8'51
8 Laia Sanz SPA 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +8'54
9 Oriol Mena SPA 7 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +9'10
10 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +9'20
13 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +24'37
21 Joan Barreda SPA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2:51'29
Wednesday 10 Jul 2019, 11:19 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:15'19
2 Luciano Benavides ARG 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'46
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'57
4 Adrien van Beveren FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +7'23
5 Andrew Short USA 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +8'38
6 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'10
7 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +9'56
8 Oriol Mena SPA 8 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +10'09
9 Paulo Goncalves POR 7 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +11'49
10 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +12'33
11 Laia Sanz SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +14'47
12 Kevin Benavides ARG 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +18'32
Tuesday 9 Jul 2019, 11:25 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kevin Benavides ARG 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:28'14
2 Joan Barreda SPA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'30
3 Luciano Benavides ARG 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'54
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'46
5 Andrew Short USA 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'27
6 Adrien van Beveren FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'44
7 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'15
8 Oriol Mena SPA 8 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +6'34
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'58
10 Paulo Goncalves POR 6 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +8'09
Monday 8 Jul 2019, 13:47 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2:20'30
2 Oriol Mena SPA 20 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'39
3 Paulo Goncalves POR 16 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'50
4 Kevin Benavides ARG 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'07
5 Joan Barreda SPA 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'40
6 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'41
7 Luciano Benavides ARG 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'56
8 Andrew Short USA 8 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'24
9 Adrien van Beveren FRA 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'13
10 Laia Sanz SPA 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +12'57
11 Maciej Giemza POL 5 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +14'34
12 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +16'14
Sunday 7 Jul 2019, 11:48 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kevin Benavides ARG 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 00:30'51
2 Luciano Benavides ARG 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'36
3 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 16 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'51
4 Joan Barreda SPA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'06
5 Sam Sunderland GBR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'15
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +1'36
7 Adrien van Beveren FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'02
8 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'51
9 Andrew Short USA 7 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +3'01
10 Oriol Mena SPA 6 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +3'31
11 Adam Tomiczek POL 5 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +4'15
12 Maciej Giemza POL 4 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +4'47
13 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'10
Provisional Standings
Friday, 12 Jul 2019
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Oriol MENA SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
3 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
5 Franco CAIMI 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
6 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
7 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
8 Laia SANZ SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM
9 Adam TOMICZEK POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
10 Maciej GIEMZA POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
11 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
12 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda