Details of the forthcoming edition of the 2019 Dakar Rally were unveiled today in Barcelona with the Monster Energy Honda Team present.

With the majestic Catalan capital Barcelona at its feet, the Miramar Hotel today hosted the presentation of the 2019 Dakar Rally, bringing together a large part of the Spanish Dakar family: riders, co-pilots, assistants… An eager Monster Energy Honda Team weren’t going to miss such an appointment, not least because the team’s racing headquarters has for the last three years been situated locally in the Honda Motor Europe Spain – Montesa-Honda installations. The Honda CRF450 RALLY was also present in the gardens of the prestigious hotel located on one of the hills which overlook Barcelona.

The thrilling race that year after year unites hundreds of riders for the epic challenge, has this year seen the race organizers, the ASO, introduce Víctor Álvarez as Head of Competitor Relations. With six months still to go until the contenders fire up their engines in Lima, Peru, the presentation today outlined the main features to be expected from the race.

Peru will be the only country which the 2019 Dakar passes through. There will be no border crossings, however, there will be varied terrain types to be tackled along the way, not just sand and dunes, stated Víctor Álvarez. Last year proved to be one of the toughest editions in the 40-year history of the Dakar. For the 2019 edition, the world’s toughest rally, offers a unique ten-stage desert tour of Peru featuring a single rest day. Some stages will be battled out over as yet unchartered terrain; the race will feature marathon stages, motocross-style line starts and special stages solely for the motorcycle category.

First stop will be the obligatory administrative and technical verifications, which once completed will see the celebration of starting ramp on January 6 in the Peruvian capital, Lima. The main event itself gets underway the following day on January 7 with the dispute of the rally’s first stage. The 2019 Dakar will wind up on the 17th of the same month, rest day included.

Raul Castells

Raul Castells

Monster Energy Honda Team Manager

This 2019 Dakar will be very interesting without a doubt. Today they gave us some technical information about the days and how the race is likely to be. There will be seven stages of dunes and three over harder terrain. We hope everything goes well, because all our riders have a chance to win. In the most recent edition, the first week was in Peru where there were many changes and several retirees, but it went well for us. We believe that we can continue like this and the team is very motivated. Also, because it appears to be a Dakar without so many kilometres of liaison for the assistance vehicles, with looped stages and few bivouacs. We will focus more on the strategy for the race. To prepare for the race it will also be essential to be able to run in the South American world championship events, as it recreates, in part, what we can expect from the Dakar. In Chile there will be many dunes and in the Ruta the navigation will be more difficult. Also the Inca Challenge could be interesting, a 'mini-Dakar', before Morocco, where the set-up for the Dakar will be the final one.

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Dakar Rally

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Rally 2018

Saturday 20 Jan 2018, 23:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Kevin Benavides ARG 25 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 1:26'41
2 Toby Price 8 AUT 20 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'54
3 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'49
4 Daniel Oliveras SPA 13 Himoinsa Team KTM +3'25
5 Johnny Aubert FRA 11 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +4'19
6 Oriol Mena SPA 10 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +5'01
7 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 9 Himoinsa Team KTM +5'23
8 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 8 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +5'38
9 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 7 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'57
10 Joan Pedrero 17 SPA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +10'53
11 Laia Sanz 12 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +11'03
12 Marc Sola SPA 4 Himoinsa Team KTM +11'32
13 Shane Esposito USA 3 KTM Rally Team KTM +11'32
14 Mark Samuels USA 2 OX Motorsports Honda +11'41
15 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 1 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +11'46
Saturday 20 Jan 2018, 01:00 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price 8 AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:48'33
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2'03
3 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +2'44
4 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'32
5 Joan Pedrero 17 SPA 11 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +15'12
6 Johnny Aubert FRA 10 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +16'10
7 Armand Monleon SPA 9 Daming Racing Team KTM +21'31
8 Oriol Mena SPA 8 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +21'54
9 Jonathan Barragán SPA 7 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +22'11
10 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 6 Himoinsa Team KTM +23'34
11 Daniel Oliveras SPA 5 Himoinsa Team KTM +24'52
12 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 4 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +25'02
13 Laia Sanz 12 SPA 3 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +27'39
14 Diego Martin ARG 2 XRaids KTM +28'00
15 Mark Samuels USA 1 OX Motorsports Honda +31'07
23 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +45'52
Wednesday 17 Jan 2018, 23:45 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Toby Price 8 AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:01'33
2 Kevin Benavides ARG 20 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'38
3 Antoine Meo 19 FRA 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +6'31
4 Ricky Brabec USA 13 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +7'34
5 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 11 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +11'01
6 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 10 Himoinsa Team KTM +12'32
7 Johnny Aubert FRA 9 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +19'38
8 Joan Pedrero 17 SPA 8 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +22'46
9 Oriol Mena SPA 7 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +27'00
10 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 6 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +27'08
11 Armand Monleon SPA 5 Daming Racing Team KTM +33'38
12 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 4 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +33'56
13 Andrew Short USA 3 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +36'22
14 Mark Samuels USA 2 OX Motorsports Honda +36'27
15 Daniel Oliveras SPA 1 Himoinsa Team KTM +40'44
Wednesday 17 Jan 2018, 03:30 UTC
# Rider Num Nationality Nat. Points Pts. Team Constructor Constr. Time/Gap
1 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 25 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 4:52'26
2 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 20 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +11'35
3 Gerard Farres 23 SPA 16 Himoinsa Team KTM +16'21
4 Oriol Mena SPA 13 Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +20'45
5 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 11 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +23'14
6 Andrew Short USA 10 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +24'13
7 Mark Samuels USA 9 OX Motorsports Honda +24'50
8 Daniel Oliveras SPA 8 Himoinsa Team KTM +25'25
9 Armand Monleon SPA 7 Daming Racing Team KTM +34'18
10 Joan Pedrero 17 SPA 6 Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +36'24
11 Laia Sanz 12 SPA 5 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Racing Team KTM +36'35
12 Johnny Aubert FRA 4 Gas Gas Racing Gas Gas +37'29
13 Rodney Faggotter AUS 3 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +38'07
14 Joan Barreda SPA 2 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +38'15
15 Daniel Nosiglia 33 BOL 1 HT Husqvarna Rally Team Husqvarna +40'22
17 Kevin Benavides ARG 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +47'35
24 Ricky Brabec USA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +56'13
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 8 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 2 AUT 10 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'00
7 Adrien van Beveren 4 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 12 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 68 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 4 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 8 AUT 13 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +08'43
5 Pablo Quintanilla 10 CHI 11 Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +08'53
6 Matthias Walkner 2 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 23 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 68 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 8 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 10 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 4 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 2 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 68 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 2 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 4 FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'35
6 Xavier de Soultrait 23 FRA 10 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +14'43
7 Toby Price 8 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 12 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 68 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 4 FRA 25 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 4:08'23
2 Xavier de Soultrait 23 FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +5'01
3 Matthias Walkner 2 AUT 16 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +7'10
4 Pablo Quintanilla 10 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 68 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 8 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 8 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 10 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 68 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 2 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 23 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 4 FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2'54
3 Matthias Walkner 2 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 10 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 23 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 8 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 68 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 4 FRA 20 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++0'33
3 Pablo Quintanilla 10 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 23 FRA 11 Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha ++01'07
6 Matthias Walkner 2 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 12 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 8 AUT 2 Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM ++03'21
15 José Ignacio Cornejo 68 CHI 1 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++03'21
19 Michael Metge FRA 0 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda ++03'51