Salta turned out in force to welcome the participants of the Dakar to Argentinean soil; in particular local boy and Monster Energy Honda Team member Kevin Benavides. With the special stage cancelled today, riders had to complete the link section by road from Tupiza, Bolivia to Salta, Argentina.

Today there was no stage nine to ride in the 2018 Dakar. The organisation yesterday decided to annul the final special stage to be disputed on Bolivian soil after heavy flooding and swollen rivers wreaked havoc in the area. The riders and assistant vehicles nevertheless had to complete the 520-kilometre stretch which separates the camps at Tupiza, Bolivia and Salta, Argentina.

Kevin Benavides, the first ever Argentine to win a Dakar motorcycle stage (in 2016) as well as the first to occupy overall top-spot, was greeted with a hero’s welcome. Benavides, second overall, along with Monster Energy Honda Team team-mates, Joan Barreda (fifth), Ricky Brabec (eighth), and José Ignacio Cornejo (fourteenth) arrived together at the bivouac located in the Palacio de Congresos in the capital of the Salta province, where they began the preparations for tomorrow’s important stage.

The tenth stage, which links the bivouacs of Salta and Belén, will feature a total of 797 kilometres, including 424 km against the clock. A crucial sand and dune-filled stage, with a final stint that will require some deft navigation, could prove to be decisive towards the overall results as the race heads into its final days. The final classification of tomorrow’s stage (motorcycles, quad, cars, SSV and trucks) will dictate the starting order of the coming Super-Fiambalá stage, the next marathon stage.

Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

It is a pity that they decided to suspend today's stage, since all the drivers came here to run the full Dakar, although we understand that, for reasons of rider safety in the race, it could be possible to cancel either part of a special or the entire stage. For the team it has been a good little break, of course, but we are still preparing the following stages as we have done so far: day by day, meticulously while trying to avoid any mistakes.

Monster Energy Honda Team
Dakar Rally

Dakar, Dakar (multiple countries)

Rally 2018

Monday 15 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 5:24'01
2 Ricky Brabec USA 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'08
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'45
4 Kevin Benavides ARG 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'52
5 Stefan Svitko SLK 11 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'46
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'00
7 Adrien van Beveren FRA 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +8'44
8 Joan Barreda SPA 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +12'00
9 Laia Sanz SPA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +14'15
10 Armand Monleon SPA 6 Daming Racing Team KTM +15'15
11 Johnny Aubert FRA 5 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +16'15
12 Oriol Mena SPA 4 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +16'57
13 Luciano Benavides ARG 3 KTM Rally Team KTM +18'44
14 Martín Duplessis ARG 2 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +19'11
15 Shane Esposito USA 1 KTM Rally Team KTM +20'21
22 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +25'46
Sunday 14 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 05:11'10
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +02'51
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +08'02
4 Toby Price AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +08'43
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +08'53
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +09'16
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +09'30
8 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'03
9 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'46
10 Ricky Brabec USA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +13'48
11 Jonathan Barragán SPA 5 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +14'15
12 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 4 Himoinsa Team KTM +20'07
13 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 3 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +20'39
14 Daniel Oliveras SPA 2 Himoinsa Team KTM +22'04
15 Johnny Aubert FRA 1 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +22'40
24 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +46'51
Thursday 11 Jan 2018, 23:55 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 1:54'10
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'30
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'30
4 Martín Duplessis ARG 13 Honda Argentina – MEC Team Honda +1'13
5 Daniel Oliveras SPA 11 Himoinsa Team KTM +1'55
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +2'00
7 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 9 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +2'13
8 Adrien van Beveren FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +3'27
9 Joan Barreda SPA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'30
10 Michael Metge FRA 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'37
11 Matthias Walkner AUT 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'06
12 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 4 Himoinsa Team KTM +4'14
13 Stefan Svitko SLK 3 Slovnaft Team KTM +4'19
14 Armand Monleon SPA 2 Daming Racing Team KTM +4'34
15 Jonathan Barragán SPA 1 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +4'48
19 Ricky Brabec USA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +6'16
24 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'12
Thursday 11 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 3:19'42
2 Matthias Walkner AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +10'26
3 Kevin Benavides ARG 16 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +12'20
4 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'00
5 Adrien van Beveren FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'35
6 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'43
7 Toby Price AUT 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +15'00
8 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 8 Himoinsa Team KTM +16'54
9 Ricky Brabec USA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +19'16
10 Johnny Aubert FRA 6 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +21'17
11 Oriol Mena SPA 5 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +22'35
12 Michael Metge FRA 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +22'38
13 Stefan Svitko SLK 3 Slovnaft Team KTM +25'07
14 Laia Sanz SPA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +27'29
15 Jonathan Barragán SPA 1 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +27'44
19 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +29'52
Tuesday 9 Jan 2018, 23:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Adrien van Beveren FRA 25 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 4:08'23
2 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'01
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'10
4 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 13 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +7'32
5 Stefan Svitko SLK 11 Slovnaft Team KTM +7'45
6 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 10 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +8'39
7 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +8'45
8 Kevin Benavides ARG 8 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'14
9 Joan Barreda SPA 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +10'00
10 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 6 Himoinsa Team KTM +10'11
11 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 5 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'23
12 Johnny Aubert FRA 4 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +10'24
13 Michael Metge FRA 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +11'17
14 Jonathan Barragán SPA 2 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +11'23
15 Toby Price AUT 1 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +13'23
24 Ricky Brabec USA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'44
Monday 8 Jan 2018, 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 3:20'43
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'03
3 Toby Price AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +3'28
4 Ricky Brabec USA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'55
5 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +4'20
6 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 10 Himoinsa Team KTM +5'08
7 Stefan Svitko SLK 9 Slovnaft Team KTM +6'03
8 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'23
9 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'06
10 Walter Nosiglia BOL 6 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +8'27
11 Michael Metge FRA 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'03
12 Matthias Walkner AUT 4 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'04
13 Oriol Mena SPA 3 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +9'25
14 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 2 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +10'56
15 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 1 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +11'52
30 Joan Barreda SPA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +27'49
Sunday 7 Jan 2018, 22:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Joan Barreda SPA 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 2:56'44
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'54
3 Matthias Walkner AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +4'24
4 Michael Metge FRA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +4'39
5 Kevin Benavides ARG 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +5'43
6 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +5'45
7 Sam Sunderland GBR 9 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'01
8 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 8 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'12
9 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 7 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +6'36
10 Toby Price AUT 6 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'40
11 Jonathan Barragán SPA 5 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +6'43
12 Ricky Brabec USA 4 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'19
13 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 3 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +9'32
14 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +9'43
15 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 1 Himoinsa Team KTM +10'53
Sunday 7 Jan 2018, 14:34 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Sam Sunderland GBR 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 20'56
2 Adrien van Beveren FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++0'33
3 Pablo Quintanilla CHI 16 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna ++0'56
4 Joan Barreda SPA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++0'57
5 Xavier de Soultrait FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++01'07
6 Matthias Walkner AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++01'23
7 Franco Caimi 7 ARG 9 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++01'31
8 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 8 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna ++01'33
9 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 7 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++01'49
10 Kevin Benavides ARG 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++01'53
11 Ricky Brabec USA 5 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++02'47
12 Laia Sanz SPA 4 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM ++03'16
13 Santosh Chunchungguppe 49 IND 3 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero ++03'16
14 Toby Price AUT 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++03'21
15 José Ignacio Cornejo CHI 1 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++03'21
19 Michael Metge FRA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++03'51