A fourth stage win for Kevin Benavides in the 2019 Silk Way Rally. Today saw the tenth and final day of racing and the arrival in Dunhuang, with Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean rider finishing his maiden participation in the rally with another triumph.
The second round of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Silk Way Rally, has come to an end. With a triumph in the final stage Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean ace takes his stage victory tally to four as the 5000-kilometre odyssey wraps up in Dunhuang. Over half of the total length between the Russian city Irkutsk, where the rally kicked off ten days ago, and the latter half in China, was completed against the clock. Monster Energy Honda Team had to deal with a wide range of terrain types en route. The final stint involved 255 high-speed kilometres over hard track, with less navigation than on previous occasions, before concluding the rally in Dunhuang, the majestic city in the heart of the Gobi desert.
In spite of a huge effort, Kevin Benavides was unable to accomplish his mission to land a podium place. The fourth stage victory on the final day of the Silk Way Rally, however, left the South American 36 seconds short of the podium after over 26 hours of rallying.
Joan Barreda and José Ignacio Cornejo were both showing blistering pace on the final stage to finish in fourth and fifth positions. The two riders finished well down the overall final standings at ninth and eleventh respectively.
Monster Energy Honda Team will be back in action in international competition next month with the Atacama Rally, the third date of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, to be held in Chile from 2nd to 7th September.
Results Stage 10
|1||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||2:40'49|
|2||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+1'50|
|3||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+2'02|
|4||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'14|
|5||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2'22|
|6||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+4'31|
|7||Goncalves Paulo||POR||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+5'36|
|8||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+7'03|
|9||Mena Oriol||SPA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+7'34|
|10||de Soultrait Xavier||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+15'02|
Final Standings Silk Way Rally 2019
|1||Sunderland Sam||GBR||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||26:12'47|
|2||Short Andrew||USA||Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing||Husqvarna||+20'22|
|3||Van Beveren Adrien||FRA||Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team||Yamaha||+21'01|
|4||Benavides Kevin||ARG||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+21'37|
|5||Benavides Luciano||ARG||KTM Factory Racing Team||KTM||+36'50|
|6||Mena Oriol||SPA||Hero Motorsports Team Rally||Hero||+51'50|
|7||Sanz Laia||SPA||Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team||KTM||+1:56'26|
|8||Tomiczek Adam||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+2:08'04|
|9||Barreda Joan||SPA||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+2:54'25|
|10||Giemza Maciej||POL||KTM Orlen Rally Team||KTM||+3:10'31|
|11||Cornejo José Ignacio||CHI||Monster Energy Honda Team||Honda||+4:06'10|