Second position for Kevin Benavides in the fifth stage of the Silk Way Rally. Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean rider successfully overcomes the second leg of the marathon stage after having dropped time yesterday.

The second part of the marathon stage was today battled out in the steppes, with the rally having reached day five. Now deep into Mongolia, riders faced stony, potholed terrain with some hilly, mountainous stretches which climbed as high as 1,600 metres above sea-level. There was even some offroad to tackle . The 337-kilometre special proved to be a fairly taxing task after yesterday’s demanding marathon stage.

Kevin Benavides managed to successfully repair his front brake, re-fixing the screws of his brake calliper on his Honda CRF450 RALLY which enabled him to take the start this morning from Ulan Bator. The Argentinean rider started out from the rear section of the field and, in spite of having to endure the dust generated ahead, was able to fight back to second place on the stage and climb to third spot in the overall standings.

Chilean rider José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo suffered a rough stage, particularly after having helped out his team-mate. Nevertheless, he was able to make it to the final goal without mishaps and hang on to his overall position in the rally.

Joan Barreda fell today after starting out from third position and going all out for the stage victory. At WP1 he had already notched up the fastest time, but came a cropper at kilometre 122 while attempting to overtake another rider, putting an end to chances of rally glory. The Spaniard, however, battled on at a far less ferocious pace which saw him arrive home after a much delayed margin.

Competitors can expect another tough stage tomorrow with the second longest special of the rally at 408.17 kilometres between Mandalgovi and Dalanzadgad. Once again there will be fast tracks through the Mongolian steppes, with constant changes of direction, which means that the riders will have to stay firmly focused on the roadbook and won’t be able to savour the extraordinary countryside around.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

I pushed quite a bit and I think I have had a good stage. I felt good and the bike is fine. My partner Joan fell and I stopped in case he needed help and later I was able to get back into the race again. For him it was quite complicated but I was able to keep going ahead. I had started from further back, but I passed several riders in the dust and I felt good riding today.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

It was a hard day for me. I was going at a very good pace over the opening kilometres that was quite fast. I reached Luciano and wanted to pass him but there was a lot of dust and it was dangerous. Then, when we got onto the grass, I tried to overtake at a junction with some roads. There was a very large hole that I hit and I ended up on top of the bike. The bike was pretty badly damaged and it was difficult to reach the end.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

We finished the very fast fifth stage with a lot of pace. I had some problems with the roadbook rubber and I lost some time having to pass the notes manually. I was unable to go at the pace I had wanted, but I was able to make it to the finish line, our final goal of the stage. There are still four more stages and we will do our best to try to make up positions in the general.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Silk Way Rally

Russia-Mongolia-China, Russia

Rally 2019, Round 2

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
Thursday, 11 Jul 2019
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
3 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
4 Paulo GONCALVES POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
5 Oriol MENA SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
6 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
7 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
8 Franco CAIMI 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
9 Laia SANZ SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM
10 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
13 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda