The Chilean rider of the Monster Energy Honda Team, Jose Ignacio Cornejo, took victory in the fourth stage of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Barreda and Benavides also finished the special in notable positions.

In Liwa, day four of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge saw the Monster Energy Honda Team riders among the top positions. Cornejo and Barreda replicated the performance of the second stage where, after a total of 520 kilometres on the day, took the top spot and runner up position respectively on the penultimate day. Benavides posted sixth and confirms fourth place in the race’s overall standings.

Over the 286 kilometres of special José Ignacio Cornejo once again shone. The Chilean took advantage of a good start position to claw back time from rivals. ‘Nacho’ retakes second position and is 18 seconds adrift of the rally leader. His partner Joan Barreda, alongside whom he reached the end of the special, once again finished second despite a leg injury. Kevin Benavides, who started out second, dropped time against his rivals but leaves his options open with a fourth place finish.

Tomorrow the final day of the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge will be held. The fifth stage, in which the riders will return to the Yas Marina Circuit, will feature a total of 214.5 kilometres of special out of a stage total of 350 kilometres.

Kevin Benavides

STAGE: 6th OVERALL: 4th

It was a tough stage, physically demanding. I started out in second position, so I knew it was normal to lose some time. I stayed calm until kilometre 100, where my brother caught me up and then we rode together pushing with other riders, unlike other stages in which I had ridden alone. It was a beautiful stage that I think was good for me. We will continue along this line as we had planned.

Joan Barreda

STAGE: 2nd OVERALL: 17th

We had a good stage Nacho and I, and were together all day. I tried to push in the first part before the refuelling. Then I saw that other riders were joining us and we tried to push in the last part. It was good despite my physical condition, to which I’ve added a cut on my leg that I did the second day with the foot-rest. I've had an ugly wound for two days and I'm having a hard time. There are only a few kilometres left and we are going to try to finish the rally.

José Ignacio Cornejo

STAGE: 1st OVERALL: 2nd

Today we started out from behind, a good starting position to be able to push in the special to try to whittle down as much time as possible from the other riders. It was a good stage win and I got close enough to Sam, who will be able to pull back tomorrow. For the final day it looks a little complicated to maintain the position, but we will try everything to keep the second place in the general.

2019 Cross-Country Rallies
Stage Round WORLD1 , Stage 4   Abu Dhabi

Stage 4 provisional results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cornejo José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 3:53'46
2 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'01
3 Short Andrew USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +3'45
4 Benavides Luciano ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +4'39
5 Maré Aaron RSA Vendetta Racing UAE KTM +8'03
6 Benavides Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +10'38
7 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +12'33
8 Meshari Jaffar Mohammed KWT Team Jaffar KTM +12'35
9 Ackerman Mark RSA SRG Motorsports Husqvarna +14'07
10 Blair Ryan GBR SRG Motorsports Husqvarna +19'25
2019 Cross-Country Rallies
Stage Round WORLD1 , Stage 4   Abu Dhabi

Provisional Standings after Stage 4

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 15:06'43
2 Cornejo José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'18
3 Benavides Luciano ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +4'54
4 Benavides Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +21'16
5 Short Andrew USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +35'48
6 Ackerman Mark RSA SRG Motorsports Husqvarna +59'10
7 Blair Ryan GBR SRG Motorsports Husqvarna +1'12:37
8 Meshari Jaffar Mohammed KWT Team Jaffar KTM +1:16'43
9 Al Balooshi Mohammed UAE Balooshi Racing KTM UAE KTM +1:25'40
10 McBride David GBR Vendetta Racing UAE KTM +3:48'07
18 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +33:09'40
Location Information

The erstwhile UAE Desert Challenge, one of the world’s most prestigious international cross country rallies, entered a new era in March 2009 when it was renamed the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge with the five-day motor sport spectacular being staged in its entirety across Abu Dhabi emirate under the auspices of the Abu… read more.

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Records

2019 Sam Sunderland
2018 Pablo Quintanilla
2017 Sam Sunderland
2016 Toby Price
2015 Marc Coma
2014 Paulo Gonçalves
2013 Marc Coma
2012 Marc Coma