Chile’s Atacama Desert, from Monday through to Saturday, will be the battleground for the third round of the FIM World Cross-Country Rally Championship, with Monster Energy Honda Team poised and ready to undertake the challenge.
Kevin Benavides, Ricky Brabec, Joan Barreda and José Ignacio Cornejo have now made it through the mandatory administrative and technical checks which permit them to compete in tomorrow’s Atacama Rally – the third round of the FIM World Cross-Country Rally Championship. The Monster Energy Honda Team riders were able get a first taste of the Chilean desert and make the final set-up adjustments before the Honda CRF450 RALLYs head out into action tomorrow.
Argentina’s Kevin Benavides will be looking to defend his Atacama Rally champion status, while his team-mates will likewise seek noteworthy overall results. Ricky Brabec gets to race alongside his team-mates for the first time this season and both Joan Barreda and José Ignacio Cornejo are on a mission to secure good daily positions in each of the five rally stages.
Tomorrow, Monday, kicks off with a 4.5-kilometre prologue in the Tierra Amarilla area, some ten kilometres outside Copiapó, where the result of the curtain-raiser will dictate the starting order for the first full stage the following day.
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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