The third day of the Atacama Rally race has drawn to a close in Diego de Almagro, where the riders will spend the night in the temporary bivouac without the mechanical assistance of their teams. American Ricky Brabec performed well to claim the day’s second best time.

The first part of the Atacama Rally marathon stage concluded this afternoon back at the camp in Diego de Almagro after a stage which had been a very complete one featuring fast sections, areas clouded with fesh-fesh, dunes, sand and mountainous tracks that required delicate navigational prowess. At the end of the special the riders were not permitted to receive outside mechanical assistance for their equipment, having to carry out any necessary repair-work on the bikes by themselves.

Ricky Brabec was the best of the four Monster Energy Honda Team riders, finishing in runner-up spot after the 281-kilometre special, four seconds behind the stage winner. With today’s result, the American climbs a position in the general standings.

In fifth position finished Joan Barreda who had been able to reach his team-mate Kevin Benavides on the track, who finished eighth on the day, the two reaching the final destination together with a solid yet prudent pace to not overwork the machinery. Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo made some navigation slip-ups at the beginning of the special and dropped precious time ending his initial hopes of making up positions on the stage. .

After resting in Diego de Almagro, the riders will start out tomorrow in the direction of Bahía Inglesa, where the fourth stage – the longest of this Atacama Rally – at 426.68 kilometres sets off from. The route will consist of 354 kilometres of timed special before reaching the surroundings of Copiapó.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today was a rather complicated stage. I had to open track all day and it was quite hard. We had technical areas at the beginning, some dunes, valleys ... with complicated navigation ... I am happy with the pace that I managed to keep up until the end. We shall keep moving forward and we will prepare everything to be able to attack tomorrow. The bike is fine, so I didn’t have to do much work on it today.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

The day was somewhat better for me, as the speeds remained high, but the terrain was much more rugged than yesterday, which was safer than the day before. The fast tracks and the stones make me feel at home, but I still don't feel motivated by the style of this rally because of how fast it is. Sometimes the sand is very soft in the valleys and when I try to push it, it slows me down and I feel like I'm wasting time, but this is a feeling we all have. Now is the time to do the work here in the marathon, give a break to the mechanics who have worked hard so far and it is time to charge batteries for the next two days.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

We are in the marathon stage, quite happy with the day. It has not been an easy stage. We started out ahead, with Kevin opening track, with a lot of dust. The first part more technical, mountainous, even with trial areas. Then we have got together and we have practically gone together until the end. We have given up some time, but it was something we expected. Let's see how things play out over the two days left of the race.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

It was a hard, very varied special: with areas of dunes, sand, rocks, with navigation ... I made several navigation errors and it didn’t go quite as I had expected. I lost several minutes which is a pity. In the second part I tried to recover a little and I reached the final goal, with the bike in perfect condition. We will try to attack in the next stages.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Atacama Rally

Atacama Rally, Chile

Rally 2019, Round 3

Thursday 5 Sep 2019, 23:06 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 3:23'03
2 Ricky Brabec USA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'58
3 Sam Sunderland GBR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'06
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'13
5 Joan Barreda SPA 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'48
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'20
7 Luciano Benavides ARG 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'51
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'21
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +11'16
10 Andrew Short USA 6 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +13'06
Wednesday 4 Sep 2019, 23:55 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kevin Benavides ARG 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 3:03'09
2 Joan Barreda SPA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'56
3 Sam Sunderland GBR 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'42
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'48
5 Andrew Short USA 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'43
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'20
7 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'52
8 Luciano Benavides ARG 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +8'23
9 Ricky Brabec USA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'14
10 Matthias Walkner AUT 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'24
Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 21:45 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 2:24'24
2 Sam Sunderland GBR 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'50
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'19
4 Ricky Brabec USA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'17
5 Matthias Walkner AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'45
6 Joan Barreda SPA 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'37
7 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'55
8 Toby Price AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'56
9 Andrew Short USA 7 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +9'11
10 Luciano Benavides ARG 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'33
Tuesday 3 Sep 2019, 03:27 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2'34
2 Andrew Short USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +0'03
3 Luciano Benavides ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'06
4 Ricky Brabec USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'07
5 Joan Barreda SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'07
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +0'09
7 Sam Sunderland GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'11
8 Aaron Mare RSA Vendetta Racing UAE KTM +0'11
9 Matthias Walkner AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'13
10 Kevin Benavides ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'15
11 Daniel Nosiglia BOL Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +0'16
12 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'21
Provisional Standings
Thursday, 5 Sep 2019
# Rider Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
2 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
3 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
4 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
5 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
6 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
7 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
8 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
9 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
10 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM