Nacho Cornejo narrowly missed out on a maiden stage victory on the tenth and final day of the 2019 Dakar Rally. The runner-up spot in today’s special placed him in a position which greatly improves on last year’s performance.

Chilean rider Nacho Cornejo showed his pace yet again, marking the best time during the final special timed stage of the Dakar Rally fought in the Ica dunes close to Paracas. Cornejo, with the second final position, 2’21 behind the special stage winner, concludes his best Dakar performance to date, improving on the tenth overall position achieved in the most recent edition. Today the rider posted seventh place in the general standings this year – a promising result for the young man from Iquique.

Kevin Benavides, meanwhile, was sixth on the day, finishing the rally in twelfth overall position due to an extraordinary sanction that the rider picked up which the team is currently disputing.

José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

The truth is that I am very happy about the comeback that I have made. At the beginning I lost time in one stage and the chances of being in the top ten were a little bit off, but we did not give up and pushed until the end. I ended up being seventh in the general, so I'm very happy. I am also satisfied with today's stage, a second place is very good, I think I made a good performance. I would have liked it too if my companions could have finished the race, as some of them would have achieved the victory. At one point we had two riders fighting for the victory and we go home know that we have five riders in the squad capable of fighting for the top, which is very positive for the team. I have no doubt that next year we will return stronger. Personally, I will continue to work hard to keep up with the team's objectives for the next edition of the Dakar. I want to thank all the staff of the team that have worked very hard, thank them for the great commitment they have with the project. We will continue working hard to achieve victory in the coming years.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

It didn’t turn out the way we thought it would finish, obviously I have prepared a lot for this edition, I had a very big dream to fight for. It's a bit ugly to end up like this and that things are resolved at a table. Finally I finished the race in a decent way, with my head held high as a good athlete. Both Honda and I have done things well. We have appealed against the penalty and now we will have to wait until the race is over to see what happens. For my part today I went out to enjoy the last stage, I rode calmly. Our next goal is the world championship and then to prepare for the next Dakar. I want to thank all the team, sponsors, family, girlfriend, friends and all the people who support me through social networks. Thank you very much to all.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

We are quite unhappy about how the Dakar went, especially in the final part of the race. We, as a team, have done the best we could and we have given everything. The race ended without a deserved prize, but the team has worked hard and everything worked well. We have to thank to HRC and Honda and also to all our sponsors, Monster Energy, Motul, Showa, Termignoni, Givi and all technical sponsors because without them, all this could not be possible. We will not surrender and next year we will return to fight for victory. Unfortunately we are quite unhappy with the jury and the organisation of the race. Firstly for the penalty that they have imposed on us, which we have appealed against. We are also unhappy with how they have applied the rules to the rest of the participants of the Dakar: it can not be tolerated that one is penalised for something that could be done, and in contrast to others who have acted deliberately with the intention of doing something that they knew was not right, were not penalised. Let's hope that everything is studied and the ways they apply the rules are changed.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Dakar Rally

Dakar, Dakar (multiple countries)

Rally 2019

Thursday 17 Jan 2019, 23:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 01:14'01
2 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +02'21
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +02'38
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'19
5 Luciano Benavides ARG 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'20
6 Kevin Benavides ARG 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +03'59
7 Andrew Short USA 9 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +04'09
8 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +06'16
9 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 7 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +10'02
10 Sebastian Bühler GER 6 Bühler Racing Team KTM +10'41
Wednesday 16 Jan 2019, 21:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Michael Metge FRA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 03:46'38
2 Daniel Nosiglia BOL 20 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +02'00
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +03'28
4 Matthias Walkner AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'29
5 Toby Price AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'29
6 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +03'30
7 Andrew Short USA 9 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +04'03
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +03'03
9 Luciano Benavides ARG 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'55
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +04'56
Tuesday 15 Jan 2019, 23:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:55'25
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +00'45
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +01'13
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +06'21
5 Andrew Short USA 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +09'51
6 Adrien van Beveren FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +11'48
7 Luciano Benavides ARG 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'51
8 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'48
9 Kevin Benavides ARG 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +15'07
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +15'50
Monday 14 Jan 2019, 23:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:51'41
2 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01'51
3 Ricky Brabec USA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'30
4 Adrien van Beveren FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +09'40
5 Luciano Benavides ARG 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'19
6 Andrew Short USA 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +11'29
7 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'12
8 Toby Price AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +14'19
9 Stefan Svitko SLK 7 Slovnaft Team KTM +16'21
10 Matthias Walkner AUT 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +16'38
12 Kevin Benavides ARG 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +19'22
Sunday 13 Jan 2019, 23:50 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 03:50'47
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01'52
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'21
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'48
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +05'48
6 Ricky Brabec USA 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +07'30
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +08'20
8 Andrew Short USA 8 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +13'54
9 Luciano Benavides ARG 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'13
10 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +21'47
Saturday 12 Jan 2019, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 04:11'48
2 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +03'23
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'32
4 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 13 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +04'00
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +04'26
6 Andrew Short USA 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +04'36
7 Luciano Benavides ARG 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +04'36
8 Stefan Svitko SLK 8 Slovnaft Team KTM +05'05
9 Toby Price AUT 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +05'45
10 Skyler Howes USA 6 Klymclw Racing Husqvarna +06'00
11 Kevin Benavides ARG 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'46
12 Ricky Brabec USA 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'46
13 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'10
Thursday 10 Jan 2019, 22:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Ricky Brabec USA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 03:40'30
2 Matthias Walkner AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +06'19
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +07'07
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'35
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +13'29
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'36
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +14'10
8 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'33
9 Kevin Benavides ARG 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +15'20
10 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +17'02
Thursday 10 Jan 2019, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 25 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 04:07'42
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +00'15
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +02'37
4 Adrien van Beveren FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +06'42
5 Sam Sunderland GBR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +08'26
6 Paulo Goncalves POR 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +09'31
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +10'50
8 Oriol Mena SPA 8 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +11'15
9 Toby Price AUT 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +14'16
10 Michael Metge FRA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'45
11 Lorenzo Santolino SPA 5 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +14'59
12 Andrew Short USA 4 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +15'10
13 Ricky Brabec USA 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +20'01
14 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 2 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +30'57
Wednesday 9 Jan 2019, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 03:21'57
2 Ricky Brabec USA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00'22
3 Joan Barreda SPA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +01'41
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'06
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +03'24
6 Sam Sunderland GBR 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +06'03
7 Adrien van Beveren FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +09'03
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +09'59
9 Andrew Short USA 7 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +12'25
10 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'43
11 Paulo Goncalves POR 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +14'12
Monday 7 Jan 2019, 23:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 57'36
2 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +01'34
3 Ricky Brabec USA 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +02'52
4 Adrien van Beveren FRA 13 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +02'55
5 Sam Sunderland GBR 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +02'56
6 Toby Price AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'08
7 Matthias Walkner AUT 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +03'12
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +04'00
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +05'22
10 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 6 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +05'54
11 Paulo Goncalves POR 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +06'41
Dakar 2019 Final Standings
Thursday, 17 Jan 2019
# Rider Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
3 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
5 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
6 Xavier DE SOULTRAIT FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
7 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
8 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
9 Oriol MENA SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
10 Daniel NOSIGLIA BOL Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda
12 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda