In spite it being Sunday, there is no rest for the Dakar. Far from it: today witnessed the longest stage so far in the 2019 odyssey at 839 kilometres. The route took competitors from inland to the coast – from the cold and wet heights of Arequipa to warm and windy San Juan de Marcona.

Riders rode the first 177 km-liaison section late yesterday evening which took the entourage to the impressive Tanaka dunes on the coast. Today the riders battled out an opening 84km-special, which was followed by an 18km neutralisation section before the stage’s main trek – a tough 232km special which returned the bikers back to the bivouac in San Juan de Marcona.

Kevin Benavides fought nail and tooth for the stage win and nearly pulled it off, coming home less than two minutes shy of stage winner Quintanilla. However, the Argentine Monster Energy Honda Team climbed the overall leader board from seventh to fourth place, eating one minute into the overall leader’s time.

Californian Ricky Brabec dropped a little time today trying to validate an awkward waypoint, which saw him concede the privileged position of overall race leader, although the American remains just four minutes adrift of the top spot.

Nacho Cornejo, who moved up to second place after race authorities returned the time that he had spent assisting fallen rider Paulo Gonçalves in stage five, ended up opening the way for several kilometres. As a consequence of this disadvantageous position the Chilean dropped time but managed to keep pace with his adversaries.

Tomorrow, Monday, sees the first of the looping stages which this edition of the Dakar will feature. Riders can look forward to the highest proportion of kilometres of special stage out of the total of 387 to be completed. The hundred participants still surviving will face 323 kilometres of special. The stage will have some complicated navigation and will play out over broken ground, as the area has already seen the vehicles pass over it on previous days.

José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

Today was a good day. It was tough as there were a lot of stones and sand on the course. The first stretches had very soft dunes which were very difficult to pass. It turned out to be a good day for me. There was a section of special where I opened the track and I felt very comfortable and set a good pace. I am happy. We have four more days left and we will continue pushing.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

It was another tough stage. The temperature was nice but the wind was a big factor. It’s kind of hard to ride all day with the wind pushing you around. At one point for about 50 km I was concerned about fuel. I know that we had filled up at the top at kilometre 80 at the neutralisation. I was freaking out because I ran out of one of my tanks earlier than expected. On the whole it was a good day. There’s four days left. I’m glad to be at this bivouac full of fesh-fesh that makes everything such a mess. I’m looking forward to the next four days. Hopefully I can stay in the fight and keep pushing. I feel great and my body is at 100%.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today was a good day. I changed the strategy to start pushing this second week and today I started further out. The idea was to finish as well as possible later on, so this second position on the stage is fine despite having lost a bit of time towards the end. We have to keep going and not waste too much time in the remaining stages.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

Today was a very good day for Kevin. In the end he was second, but everything went very well. Ricky had a minor loss of time at a waypoint, but it was a short time. In general, we are very happy with the three riders: we have two who are fighting for victory and Nacho is helping a lot. We will continue fighting for victory until the end. The first five of the general are very tight and anything could happen.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Dakar Rally

Dakar, Dakar (multiple countries)

Rally 2019

Sunday 13 Jan 2019, 23:50 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 03:50'47
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01'52
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'21
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'48
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +05'48
6 Ricky Brabec USA 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +07'30
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +08'20
8 Andrew Short USA 8 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +13'54
9 Luciano Benavides ARG 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'13
10 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +21'47
Saturday 12 Jan 2019, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 04:11'48
2 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +03'23
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'32
4 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 13 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +04'00
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +04'26
6 Andrew Short USA 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +04'36
7 Luciano Benavides ARG 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'36
8 Stefan Svitko SLK 8 Slovnaft Team KTM +05'05
9 Toby Price AUT 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +05'45
10 Skyler Howes USA 6 Klymclw Racing Husqvarna +06'00
11 Kevin Benavides ARG 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'46
12 Ricky Brabec USA 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'46
13 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'10
Thursday 10 Jan 2019, 22:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Ricky Brabec USA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 03:40'30
2 Matthias Walkner AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +06'19
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +07'07
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'35
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'29
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'36
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +14'10
8 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'33
9 Kevin Benavides ARG 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +15'20
10 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +17'02
Thursday 10 Jan 2019, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 25 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 04:07'42
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +00'15
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +02'37
4 Adrien van Beveren FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +06'42
5 Sam Sunderland GBR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +08'26
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +09'31
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +10'50
8 Oriol Mena SPA 8 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +11'15
9 Toby Price AUT 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +14'16
10 Michael Metge FRA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'45
11 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 5 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +14'59
12 Andrew Short USA 4 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +15'10
13 Ricky Brabec USA 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +20'01
14 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 2 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +30'57
Wednesday 9 Jan 2019, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:21'57
2 Ricky Brabec USA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00'22
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01'41
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'06
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +03'24
6 Sam Sunderland GBR 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +06'03
7 Adrien van Beveren FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +09'03
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +09'59
9 Andrew Short USA 7 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +12'25
10 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'43
11 Paulo Goncalves POR 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'12
Monday 7 Jan 2019, 23:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 57'36
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +01'34
3 Ricky Brabec USA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +02'52
4 Adrien van Beveren FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +02'55
5 Sam Sunderland GBR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +02'56
6 Toby Price AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'08
7 Matthias Walkner AUT 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'12
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +04'00
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +05'22
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +05'54
11 Paulo Goncalves POR 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'41
Provisional Dakar Standings
Sunday, 13 Jan 2019
# Rider Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
2 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
3 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
5 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
6 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
7 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
8 Stefan SVITKO SLK Slovnaft Team KTM
9 Xavier DE SOULTRAIT FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
10 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
12 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda