The Silk Way Rally, the second round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, has concluded in Dunhuang, China, with all three of the Monster Energy Honda Team trio crossing the finish-line after more than 5,000 kilometres of rally.

The Silk Way Rally came to an end in Dunghuang some ten days after getting underway in the Russian city of Irkutsk and crossing from the north to the south of Mongolia on the maiden appearance of the motorcycle category in the competition. En route competitors had to deal with nine stages packed with a multitude of terrain types on territory as yet unchartered for the most of the bikers involved. All three Monster Energy Honda Team riders managed to make it to the end of the rough ordeal. The arduous 5,000 km slog brings a wealth of experience to each of the riders as well as producing some crucial information that will help to further develop the Honda CRF450 RALLY.

Kevin Benavides, who took fourth overall place in the rally, also snatched four stage victories to become the rider with most wins in the special timed stages. In spite of having shown some serious on-track clout, the Argentinean fell foul of a note of the roadbook misinterpreted which effectively curtailed chances of overall victory.

Joan Barreda’s fall while in contention with the front-runners likewise ruled the Spaniard out of the battle for the final glory. Barreda displayed high-speed and showed fine race pace throughout the rally and, over various stages, held top positions for lengthy stretches.

Chilean rider José Ignacio was also demonstrating improved handling, in spite of some of the adverse conditions on the Russian routes. Nevertheless the rider was progressing in leaps and bounds until a penalisation put paid to chances of finishing among the top guns.

“It was a tough race for everyone – outlined Monster Energy Honda Team’s Sporting Director, Ruben Faria. This was a new date in the calendar and a brand new adventure as we faced three unknown countries with different languages. It really was a great adventure for everyone involved. It didn’t turn out to be the result that we were looking for but we did manage to finish the rally with all three of the bikes and all the riders made it to the end without any physical problems which is also important. The next race will be the Atacama Rally and hopefully the luck that was missing in this race will accompany us in that one. We have learnt a lot from this race and we will keep working so that things go even better in Chile.”

The next race for the Monster Energy Honda Team will be the Atacama Rally. The third round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship will have the Chilean city of Copiapó as its nerve-centre. Riders can expect a curtain-raising prologue and five stages from 2nd to 7th September.

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