Joan Barreda finished the day as the top team rider with a third place finish at the end of the second leg of the marathon stage. Barreda himself and Kevin Benavides both retain podium aspirations as the rally heads into its final stage tomorrow (Saturday) in Copiapó.

The second part of the Atacama Rally marathon stage concluded today with the fourth stage fought out between Bahía Inglesa and Copiapó. Competitors faced a total of 426.68 kilometres, including a taxing 350-kilometre timed special over broken track, mountain paths, rocky terrain and a smoother final section that even took in some sand dunes.

Amid such treacherous conditions none of the Monster Energy Honda Team riders wanted to take a risk. The perilous rocks and stones in the mountainous areas elicited a more precautious ride. The consequence saw Barreda come away with a podium finish for third, with Kevin Benavides taking sixth, Ricky Brabec, eighth and Nacho Cornejo, ninth.

In the general standings, with just one stage remaining, Barreda holds fourth some 6’42” behind the overall leader and, like Benavides in fifth place, nine minutes astray, both still have chances of making the final podium. Brabec is sixth overall and Cornejo continues in ninth.

The fifth and final stage will consist of 260 kilometres featuring a 184.5-kilometre special against the clock which will bring the show to a close in Copiapó.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

Today was a day when I didn't feel comfortable. I went on the attack but it was very dangerous, very broken and I preferred to take care of myself and the bike. I was not at ease. It is not the result I had been hoping for today, but there is one final day to go and we will give it everything, as always, on the last day. Hopefully we can finish the race well.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Ricky Brabec

Ricky Brabec

Day after the marathon. Stage four was good. A lot of off-piste and a lot of rocks. Unfortunately I lost a bit of time in the second half of the special. I found that one side of the tyres had a big rip in it. The mousse was hanging out. That was a bit scary. I didn’t want it to fall off the rim and make it crash. I took it easy after re-fuelling. Unfortunately I lost a lot of time in the special. It is what it is and you’ve got to get to the finish. I got to the finish and lost a little bit of time. I’m a little bit upset about the tyres and how they didn’t hold up. It is what it is and we are ready to ride tomorrow.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

It was a very long stage with many hours on the bike. The second part of the marathon stage wasn’t as easy as the first part with a mountain area with many stones, very hard, where you could make a mistake anywhere, so you had to stay focused. The final part in the sand, rounded off the many kilometres. The riders in front kept a very good pace and wasn’t easy to do battle with them. I think we had a pretty good race and we will try to finish it as well as possible tomorrow.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

We have finished the fourth stage and the second leg of the marathon stage. It was a tough stage, with a lot of stones, dry rivers and only the end part was sandier. It was a very complete and physically demanding marathon. I think it was not a bad day, as I have improved my riding in some complicated areas, but I made a mistake. I was able to reach the goal well and we are going to prepare the final day to finish off this Atacama Rally tomorrow.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Atacama Rally

Atacama Rally, Chile

Rally 2019, Round 3

Friday 6 Sep 2019, 23:40 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:07'28
2 Sam Sunderland GBR 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'09
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'30
4 Matthias Walkner AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'26
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'41
6 Kevin Benavides ARG 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'56
7 Andrew Short USA 9 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'58
8 Ricky Brabec USA 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'42
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +10'38
10 Luciano Benavides ARG 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'15
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
Friday, 6 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 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
5 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
6 Ricky BRABEC USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
7 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
8 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
9 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
10 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM