Undoubtedly, the year 2017 will be one that audacious José Ignacio Cornejo will not forget in a hurry. Having already ruled out the possibility of racing in the 2018 Dakar Rally, Paulo Gonçalves' last-minute injury while preparing for the race, gifted the Chilean with a golden opportunity. Nacho was on hand at the 'shakedown' in which Paulo Gonçalves had to concede that he was not in physical conditions to race the Dakar and was subsequently forced to drop out. Cornejo debuted on the Honda CRF450 RALLY on the same day.

José Ignacio “Nacho” Cornejo


The appointment of Nacho Cornejo to sit in for Paulo Gonçalves, and make use of his bike, turned out to be a success and the Chilean rider proved to be very quick, and surprising everyone with his quick adaptation to both bike and team. Cornejo finished the Dakar Rally in tenth place, the highlights of which were a fifth place in the tenth stage and a seventh spot in stage four, where he provisionally held seventh position in the general standings. With results like these and the attitude shown by the young rider, Cornejo was an obvious choice as the new official HRC rider.

Nacho Cornejo’s role of honour includes a world title: the Cross-Country Rallies Junior Championship which he won in 2016. In 2015 he finished tenth in the Desafío Ruta 40 and the Atacama Rally. He debuted in rally competitions back in 2012 at the Desafío Inka, where he posted second overall.

From the 10th position in his first Dakar Rally with the Monster Energy Honda Team in 2018, he continuous making excellent progress with the Honda CRF450 RALLY: in the 2019 Dakar was eighth and last 2021 Dakar was very close of the podium finishing in fourth place.

Nacho did not get the result he was looking for on the Dakar 2023 after losing valuable minutes in the first stages.
He comes from a great end of season in the Rally du Maroc with very good feelings.


Career Information

Birthdate 5/7/1994
Birthplace Iquique, Chile

Rider Statistics

2022 Dakar Rally: 6th place, 2 stages winner
2021 DNF. 1 stage winner
2020 Dakar Rally: 4th position, 2 stages winner
2019 Dakar Rally: 8th position
2018 Dakar Rally: 10th position
2016 FIM Cross-Country Rallies: Junior champion
2016 Dakar Rally: withdraw stage 5
2015 Atacama Rally, 10th position overall; Ruta 40, 10th position overall
2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies: 3rd position Junior Cup
2014 Inka Rally, 2nd position; Desafío del Desierto, 2nd position