A fourth stage win for Kevin Benavides in the 2019 Silk Way Rally. Today saw the tenth and final day of racing and the arrival in Dunhuang, with Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean rider finishing his maiden participation in the rally with another triumph.

The second round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Silk Way Rally, has come to an end. With a triumph in the final stage Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean ace takes his stage victory tally to four as the 5000-kilometre odyssey wraps up in Dunhuang. Over half of the total length between the Russian city Irkutsk, where the rally kicked off ten days ago, and the latter half in China, was completed against the clock. Monster Energy Honda Team had to deal with a wide range of terrain types en route. The final stint involved 255 high-speed kilometres over hard track, with less navigation than on previous occasions, before concluding the rally in Dunhuang, the majestic city in the heart of the Gobi desert.

In spite of a huge effort, Kevin Benavides was unable to accomplish his mission to land a podium place. The fourth stage victory on the final day of the Silk Way Rally, however, left the South American 36 seconds short of the podium after over 26 hours of rallying.

Joan Barreda and José Ignacio Cornejo were both showing blistering pace on the final stage to finish in fourth and fifth positions. The two riders finished well down the overall final standings at ninth and eleventh respectively.

Monster Energy Honda Team will be back in action in international competition next month with the Atacama Rally, the third date of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, to be held in Chile from 2nd to 7th September.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

I had a good stage, I won the special, but it was not enough. I narrowly missed out on the podium and I’m left with a bittersweet taste. On the final balance sheet I come away happy because I won four stages, more than any other participants. I felt fine and showed good speed. I was able to ride fast despite the adversities, even on the day when I had the problem with the brake support. I lost time there and also made a navigation error. Those 40 minutes could have changed things a lot. I was very close to getting on the podium today with this final stage, but in general I am happy because I felt good and have worked very hard. We need to keep working and improve on the final result.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

I'm happy to be at the end of the longest rally of the season. For me it was not an easy race. At mid-race I had a heavy fall where I lost a lot of time and I had a tough time doing the repairs and keeping up the concentration necessary to reach the finish-line that day and the following one. But the best thing is that I was able to finish the race and get a lot of kilometres done, which is super positive for our work plan this season.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

We had a good final stage, mostly on dry roads and rivers. I felt comfortable despite it not being a place where I feel completely at home. The rally was not very good for me in general because there were two days where I lost a lot of time: one with a penalty and another with problems with the GPS. Still, I'm happy because I improved my riding in difficult conditions and I’m looking forward to coming back for another edition. It was a great rally, a real adventure and I hope to return soon.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Silk Way Rally

Russia-Mongolia-China, Russia

Rally 2019, Round 2

Tuesday 16 Jul 2019, 13:59 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kevin Benavides ARG 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:40'49
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +1'50
3 Andrew Short USA 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +2'02
4 Joan Barreda SPA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'14
5 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'22
6 Sam Sunderland GBR 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'31
7 Paulo Goncalves POR 9 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +5'36
8 Luciano Benavides ARG 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'03
9 Oriol Mena SPA 7 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +7'34
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +15'02
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
Final Silk Way Rally Standings
Tuesday, 16 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 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
10 Maciej GIEMZA POL KTM Orlen Rally Team KTM
11 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda