Chilean rider Nacho Cornejo climbed to sixth place in the general rankings of the 2019 Dakar Rally in the ninth and penultimate stage.

Day nine of the 2019 Dakar took place in the area around Pisco, once again with a motocross-style mass start with riders setting off in waves of ten. 90% of the route was off-piste with half the special in the dunes and the second half of the 313-kilometre stage battled out over harder terrain.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s top rider proved to be Nacho Cornejo. The Chilean got off to a swift, yet cautious start, but was able to push hard in the dunes, producing a performance that ranked among the best times of the day. Nacho’s sixth place on the stage meant the rider moves up to sixth overall.

Kevin Benavides came out guns blazing and opened the track for much of the special. A hard-to-locate waypoint caused the first wave of riders to reach the leading group and narrow the times down even further. Benavides eventually posted twelfth, 4’14” behind the stage winner.

The final stage of the 2019 Dakar takes place tomorrow, Thursday and will include a timed special stage of 112 kilometres. Riders will then have to complete a liaison section that will bring them to the Magdalena beach in Lima, where the rally concludes.

SANCTION TO KEVIN BENAVIDES
Kevin Benavides was sanctioned yesterday with a 3:00’00 penalty after race authorities deemed that the rider had violated one of the new rules established for the race. The team is currently gathering all the necessary information to present an official claim against the sanction.

José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

In this penultimate stage there was a mass start, so we were all pretty close together all day. As a consequence there was a lot of dust and we had to keep a distance so that it wasn’t so dangerous. In the dunes we all got together again and lost a few minutes looking for several complicated waypoints, but I was happy to see how quickly we solved the navigation problems. I’ve continued climbing positions in the general standings, and now I’m sixth which I’m happy about. Tomorrow is the last day and I will try to set the same pace as I have over recent day.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

The truth is that today was difficult to start, as I was affected by the sanction given to me yesterday. I tried to get it out of my head and start from scratch. I opened the track most of the day and several of the riders grouped together. In the end there were some complicated waypoints and the riders of the second group starting catching us up. It was a good stage to finish on a high note. Honda has done things well, so let’s finish the race and see what happens.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

Today was a very good stage for Nacho that has helped him climb to sixth position in the general standings which is great. The race is not over yet. Tomorrow will be the final stage, it will be short but it will serve to decide the final positions. We know what we have done well and what we have not, but there have not been any big mistakes. The team is working very well and tomorrow we will try to finish the Dakar as best we can.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Dakar Rally

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Rally 2019

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
Provisional Dakar Standings
Wednesday, 16 Jan 2019
# Rider Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Toby PRICE AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Pablo QUINTANILLA CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
3 Matthias WALKNER AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
4 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
5 Xavier DE SOULTRAIT FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
6 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
7 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
8 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR 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