A prologue of just four kilometres got the Atacama Rally off and running today with the Monster Energy Honda riders performing a notable special. The rally will have its first full stage tomorrow.

Ricky Brabec and Joan Barreda were the best of the Monster Energy Honda bunch in today’s short curtain-raiser in Tierra Amarilla. The four-kilometre special stage gave the squad a first taste of the Chilean desert. The American and Spanish rider both finished seven seconds off the eventual winner. Kevin Benavides was tenth with Nacho Cornejo coming home twelfth.

The results allow the first fifteen finishers to choose their place in the starting order for the first stage tomorrow. The riders will thus set out on the 270-kilometre stage from Copiapó back to Copiapó in the following order: fourth place José Ignacio Cornejo, sixth for Kevin Benavides, eleventh Joan Barreda and twelfth for Ricky Brabec.

2019 Cross-Country Rallies
Prologue Round WORLD3 , 1   Chile

Prologue results

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Price Toby AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 2'34
2 Short Andrew USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0'03
3 Benavides Luciano ARG KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +0'06
4 Brabec Ricky USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'07
5 Barreda Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'07
6 Quintanilla Pablo CHI Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +0'09
7 Sunderland Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'11
8 Mare Aaron RSA Honda Racing Honda +0'11
9 Walkner Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'13
10 Benavides Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'15
11 Nosiglia Daniel BOL Team Nosiglia Honda +0'16
12 Cornejo José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'21
Location Information

The 2019 edition of the Atacama Rally will offer its competitors a high-level sports rally, challenging the incredible dunes of the Atacama Desert. An open challenge for all and especially for those competing for the third round of the FIM Cross-Country World Rally Championship in the category of motorcycles and… read more.

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