Monster Energy Honda Team come away from the Atacama Rally with a good final reckoning. The team lined up four factory riders to tackle a gruelling week in the Chilean desert with sights firmly set on the forthcoming Rally Dakar.

The overall evaluation after last week’s Atacama Rally is an upbeat one for Monster Energy Honda Team. The podium spot claimed by Joan Barreda in the race was not the only positive aspect that the squad bring back to the team headquarters, but is just one of many consolidating steps in the advancement of the team.

After some 1346 kilometres of timed special stage accrued by the team, Monster Energy Honda Team’s Sporting Director, Ruben Faria outlines that, “It has been a great test for all of us. The team and the riders functioned well in this Atacama”. The team had competed with the entire squad for the first time this season.

Joan Barreda acquitted himself well in the rally, making it up onto the final rostrum. “We are very satisfied”, is how Ruben Faria put it, referring also to the work of Ricky Brabec. Faria stated that one of the key factors to influence the final result turned out to be the prologue: “It is complicated to establish yourself and have a good race if you start out badly and Nacho and Kevin were always out of step with the other riders”, noted Faria. Nevertheless, the Argentinean rider won a stage and the young Chilean rider consistently posted top ten finishes. “It was a positive race because the four team riders managed to finish without any setbacks. The sensations with the bike were good for all riders and in the end it was a great test ahead of the Dakar. We believe that this area will be very similar to the one we will find in the opening week in Saudi Arabia, so we will continue working with our sights set on Morocco, the final round of the World Championship and the last race to prepare for the Dakar” said Monster Energy Honda’s Sporting Director.

In the world championship standings Kevin Benavides climbs one place up the order, just a point shy of the second-placed rider. The fourth and final date of the championship will be held in Morocco from 4th to 9th October which will reveal who claims overall runner-up spot, with the Argentine still in with a chance of clinching FIM’s silver medal.

Atacama Rally

Atacama Rally, Chile

Rally 2019, Round 3

Monday 9 Sep 2019, 09:24 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 106 points
2 Andrew Short USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 67
3 Kevin Benavides ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 66
4 Luciano Benavides ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 60
5 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 50
6 Joan Barreda SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 45
7 Adrien van Beveren FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 35
8 Pablo Quintanilla CHI Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 31
9 Oriol Mena SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero 27
10 Laia Sanz SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM 25
11 Ricky Brabec USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 13
Saturday 7 Sep 2019, 23:32 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 25 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna 1:58'03
2 Joan Barreda SPA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'39
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'01
4 Sam Sunderland GBR 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'02
5 Ricky Brabec USA 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'19
6 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 10 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'49
7 Toby Price AUT 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'04
8 Andrew Short USA 8 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +6'20
9 Kevin Benavides ARG 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'42
10 Luciano Benavides ARG 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'03
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