Monster Energy Honda Team riders will be in contention for the final overall Dakar Rally 2022 victory. Although the first week did not go quite according to plan, the team has, nevertheless, given their maximum to stand a chance in the rally’s grand finale. Nacho Cornejo won the ninth stage.

Fewer and fewer stages are left to decide the outcome of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Today, in the ninth stage, the 287-kilometre special stage around Wadi Ad-Dawasir began to mark out which riders will be in the final contention for the win. A total of 491 kilometres, through the Arabian Peninsula’s Empty Quarter, featured less sand than on previous days, but more mountain tracks running between canyons that demanded precise, mistake-free navigation.

Yesterday Nacho Cornejo had been left with a bittersweet taste after the eighth stage. A slight mistake towards the end of the special, had left the rider without the prize he had been ultimately seeking: that of minimising any markings for his pursuers to follow while opening the track throughout the day. Today, he returned to the Wadi Ad-Dawasir bivouac with a smile beneath his helmet after a second win in this Dakar, taking the young Chilean’s total tally to five.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s American rider Ricky Brabec rode a fine special, pushing hard and posting third place on the day. Joan Barreda also completed the day’s stage with a certain degree of normality, a mere 2’10 behind his team-mate. Barreda, fifth on the stage, holds sixth in the general standings, less than 11 minutes behind the race leader. Lastly, Pablo Quintanilla did a commendable job today to set himself up nicely for the final victory battle of this 2022 Dakar. He finished eighth on the day and lies in fourth place overall just 4’41 behind the new race leader.

Tomorrow’s stage

With two days to go until the end of the rally, riders can once again expect a navigation-filled day before the 759-kilometre trek is completed. About half the distance – some 375 kilometres – will be against the clock. The crossings and parallel tracks could be the undoing of more than a few bikers.

Ricky Brabec 2

STAGE: 3rd OVERALL: 10th

Today went well. I think I rode very well, and that's positive. The team, the riders and the mechanics are doing an excellent job. I'm slowly realising a couple of things: sometimes there are days when you don't lose or gain time and sometimes you can gain or lose a lot of time. It's something we have to study... I'm happy to be able to get to the end of another day with the whole team. There are two tough days left, so we'll have to keep pushing. I try to go fast every day, to make up time, but maybe I have to do things differently.

Pablo Quintanilla 7

STAGE: 8th OVERALL: 4th

I'm happy. It was a good day because the goal today was to catch Sam and not to make any navigation mistakes. In the end it was a straightforward day: no mistakes, I caught up with Sam after the refuelling and we clawed back another minute in the overall. I think I have a good position for tomorrow. I won't have to open the track but I will have fast riders in front and behind. We will try to manage the pressure well tomorrow. The times are very tight and will stay that way until the end. I'm really enjoying the race.

José Ignacio Cornejo 11

STAGE: 1st OVERALL: 7th

I think I had a good stage. Yesterday I lost a lot of time towards the end, opening the track, and today I wanted to make up some of that time. I would have liked to make up more, but the stage was very fast and it was difficult to make a big difference. I'm pleased: I did what I had to do, which was to push. There are three days left and we will continue with the same attitude, trying to turn out solid performances and improve in the general standings.

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Results Stage 9 -RallyGP-

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Cornejo José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda 02:29'30
2 Benavides Kevin 1 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:01'26
3 Brabec Ricky 2 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:01'47
4 Walkner Matthias 52 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:02'06
6 Short Andrew 29 USA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:03'56
7 Benavides Luciano 77 ARG Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing Husqvarna +00:04'21
8 Quintanilla Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:05'02
9 Van Beveren Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:05'04
10 Giemza Maciej 22 POL Orlen Team KTM +00:06'40
11 Rodrigues Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +00:06'43
12 Svitko Stefan 142 SLO Slovnaft Rally Team KTM +00:06'52
13 Sunderland Sam 3 GBR Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +00:08'03
14 Michek Martin 10 CZE Orion Moto Racing Group KTM +00:08'09
15 Gonçalves Rui 19 POR Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +00:08'31
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Provisional Standings after Stage 9 -RallyGP-

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Constructor Time/Gap
1 Walkner Matthias 52 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 30:14'03
2 Sunderland Sam 3 GBR Gas Gas Factory Team Gas Gas +00:02'12
3 Van Beveren Adrien 42 FRA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:03'56
4 Quintanilla Pablo 7 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:04'41
5 Benavides Kevin 1 ARG Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:10'22
7 Cornejo José Ignacio 11 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:32'30
8 Short Andrew 29 USA Monster Energy Yamaha Rally Team Yamaha +00:34'59
9 Price Toby 18 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +00:35'14
10 Brabec Ricky 2 USA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +00:35'54

Highlights Stage 9 Rally Dakar 2022

Location Information

Dakar in Saudi From 2020

Records

Dakar 2020 winner Ricky Brabec (Honda)
Dakar 2021 winner Kevin Benavides (Honda)