The first leg of the marathon stage of the Silk Way Rally held in Ulan Bator was an upbeat one for Joan Barreda claiming fourth and José Ignacio Cornejo, who improves race pace.

The Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, today hosted the fourth stage of the Silk Way Rally, which played out over a looping route in the surroundings of the camp situated a few kilometres from the city outskirts. Riders faced the longest special stage of the rally, covering over 470 kilometres against the clock, on a stage requiring relentless concentration during the four hour stint in the saddle. On arrival all competitors were obliged to leave the bikes in the parc ferme where only the participants themselves were allowed to carry out any necessary maintenance.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Spanish rider Joan Barreda kept up a scorching pace throughout the stage, opening the way once he had reached his team-mate Kevin Benavides, and even managed to lead the stage for a lengthy stretch of the special. In the end, the rider fell victim to a minor navigational error while reading a complicated note in the roadbook, which saw him drop time, before eventually posting third on the day. Barreda holds third place in the general standings just one second off the second place rider.

Likewise, team-mate José Ignacio Cornejo was putting in a high-speed performance. The Chilean from Monster Energy Honda Team showed a marked improvement on previous stages to claim sixth spot on the day some nine minutes behind the stage winner.

Kevin Benavides, elsewhere, suffered a setback and was forced to ride from kilometre 40 with no front brake. The Argentinean had to concede the race leadership after dropping several minutes, after being unable to maintain the kind of high speeds that the stage demanded.

Riders will be able to service their bikes in the parc ferme before restarting tomorrow’s fifth stage between Ulan Bator and Mandalgovi with a 337-kilometre stage featuring just 27.6 km of liaison sections. Riders can expect hard track with some stony ground.

Kevin Benavides

Kevin Benavides

At kilometre 40 I lost a screw in the brake support, and I had to complete 430 kilometres of special without a front brake. It was pretty dangerous to tell the truth and it was complicated trying to complete the stage with a limited speed, but without going over the top, because a fall would have been much more serious. I lost a lot of time and now I will have to work a bit on the bike, trying to set up the brake and start again tomorrow to try to finish the marathon stage as best I can.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Joan Barreda

Joan Barreda

Today was a good day. At 470 that is a lot of kilometres, but it was fast and with some difficulties, especially in the final part where there were some navigation areas. I made a small mistake where I lost some time, but whatever. I'm happy because it went well. The bike is perfect, so you I just have to give it a quick check.

Monster Energy Honda Team
José Ignacio Cornejo

José Ignacio Cornejo

This first part of the marathon was very long, but very fast. The speed was high all day. I enjoyed it a lot, I had a good time going fast; I didn’t fall but I didn’t take any risks either. I'm happy with the pace and tomorrow we'll see how it goes. Now, we are going to do the maintenance on the bike.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Silk Way Rally

Russia-Mongolia-China, Russia

Rally 2019, Round 2

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
Provisional Standings
Wednesday, 10 Jul 2019
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Team Constructor Constr.
1 Sam SUNDERLAND GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
2 Luciano BENAVIDES ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM
3 Joan BARREDA SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
4 Kevin BENAVIDES ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda
5 Oriol MENA SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
6 Adrien VAN BEVEREN FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
7 Andrew SHORT USA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna
8 Paulo GONCALVES POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero
9 Franco CAIMI 7 ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha
10 José Ignacio CORNEJO CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda