The final stage of the Silk Way Rally will be held tomorrow, Tuesday. Kevin Benavides, the best positioned of the Monster Energy Honda riders, will be in the battle for the rostrum at the close of the first-ever edition of the rally featuring the motorcycle category.

After the start in Irkutsk and a trek across Mongolia, the Silk Way Rally is heading for its final destination, the Chinese city of Dunhuang. To get there, riders face tomorrow morning’s 255-kilometre final stage which will link the Jiayuguan bivouac with Dunhuang. Today’s route from Alashan to Jiayuguan featured 290.30 kilometres of open track and dunes. The toughest aspects of the day were the searing temperatures which reign over the Gobi desert and the arduous navigation which riders had to endure.

In this penultimate stage, Monster Energy Honda Team’s Chilean rider José Ignacio Cornejo, was the best of the bunch, finishing in a fine fifth position. Kevin Benavides and Joan Barreda, posted sixth and seventh places respectively.

Benavides, after yesterday’s win, was forced to open the track. The Argentinean was making swift progress until he was caught by other riders who arrived back at the Jiayuguan bivouac in a group. Barreda, meanwhile, sought to maintain a fast pace in spite of not feeling very much at ease on the terrain.

Tomorrow sees a final 205-kilometre stage over hard ground, but without the dunes, where Kevin Benavides will be looking to whittle down the gap in the Silk Road Rally general standing which separates him from an overall podium place finish in Dunhuang.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today was a hard day, more than yesterday. There was a lot of navigation and offroad until kilometre 130. Opening the stage was a tough task in the stage with the most navigation of all. I felt good, I liked the terrain and I pushed hard throughout. The others didn’t catch me up until the end of that navigational phase. I let Van Beveren pass in front of me to be able to push hard again after the refuelling. I think it was good for both of us and we ended up happy with each other after having pushed the whole stage. And for tomorrow? Well, let's go for it. In rally you never know what could occur. Until the final kilometre everything can happen.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

It was a very physical stage. We had some off-piste with small dunes in which we had to work a lot. I did not feel very comfortable really, but I had quite a good stage. When I left the refuelling I caught Luciano and we lost a bit of time in an area with very difficult navigation, which was a pity. I got ahead and I really pushed in an area with a lot of dangers, but without losing my head. There is one final stage left, where we will have to keep searching for a good finish to the rally by completing all the kilometres and finishing it off with some good sensations.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

The stage was hard and physically demanding with dunes and camel grass; in addition, it was very hot. Then, after the refuelling, there were hard and broken tracks. You had to be very attentive to the roadbook because it was dangerous. I am satisfied with the fifth place today, I felt comfortable on the bike and I had no problems. Tomorrow sees the last stage so we will try to continue with these good feelings as we can not fight for anything else.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Silk Way Rally

Russia-Mongolia-China, Russia

Rally 2019, Round 2

Monday 15 Jul 2019, 10:46 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Andrew Short USA 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 3:52'28
2 Paulo Goncalves POR 20 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +0'43
3 Adrien van Beveren FRA 16 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +1'45
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'19
5 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'39
6 Kevin Benavides ARG 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'09
7 Joan Barreda SPA 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'17
8 Luciano Benavides ARG 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'18
9 Oriol Mena SPA 7 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +20'51
10 Adam Tomiczek POL 6 KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM +29'16
Sunday 14 Jul 2019, 20:14 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kevin Benavides ARG 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 04:20'37
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +0'42
3 Paulo Goncalves POR 16 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +3'05
4 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'44
5 Luciano Benavides ARG 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'15
6 Joan Barreda SPA 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'05
7 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'32
8 Sam Sunderland GBR 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'13
9 Andrew Short USA 7 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +7'24
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'40
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
Monday, 15 Jul 2019
# Rider Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
3 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
4 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
5 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
6 Oriol MENA SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
7 Laia SANZ SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM
8 Adam TOMICZEK POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
9 Maciej GIEMZA POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
10 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
11 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda