Stage 10Pisco - Lima

  • Monster Energy Honda Team Finishes the 2019 Dakar

    Monster Energy Honda Team's José Ignacio Cornejo came in a valiant 2nd place to secure a top-10 finish as the final stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally came to a close.

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Monster Energy Honda Team Finishes the 2019 Dakar

January 17, 2019


DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Stage 10

DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Behind the Scene Stage 10

DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Review

DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Behind the Scene omnibus edition

 

Starting on January 6 on the beach of Magdalena, the challengers of the world's toughest rally have now completed over 5500km, returning to Lima having fought over 11 days. The Monster Energy Honda Team team will now move on to their next race.

January 17: The Dakar rally has finally reached its final stage which took place from Pisco, back to where it all started in Lima. This 10th stage was a total of 359km with a shorter 112km Special Stage. Riders started in a reverse grid, customary to Dakar's final stage. Somewhat relaxing compared to the 300km-long stages the competitors have been tackling these few days, this last day was like a victory run for the remaining 78 riders.

For Monster Energy Honda Team's José Ignacio Cornejo, however, this stage meant a little more. With only a time gap of 5 seconds between his rival when finishing the 9th stage, this was the stage to really fight for to prove a point. Starting at 6:49am in 72nd position due to the reverse grid, he charged forward overtaking riders with speed and determination. At the finish line he had worked up to an impressive 2nd position having overtaken almost every rider, finishing 2 minutes 21 seconds behind the stage winner in a total time of 1 hour 16 minutes 22 seconds. This was his third 2nd place finish in the 2019 Dakar, and he managed to widen the gap on his rival, securing 7th overall. In his 3rd year of the Dakar, the 25-year-old Chilean has shown not only riding skills but his patience and accurate navigation skills, and bettered his last year's result of 10th place. He is sure to be a key rider for the team in the future.

The other remaining Monster Energy Honda Team rider Kevin Benavides started this 10th stage from 65th position and finished in 6th place, 3 minutes 59 seconds off the winner. He secured 12th overall.

Another Honda CRF450 RALLY rider, Daniel Nosiglia Jagar of the MEC HRC team, started his Dakar career in 2017 in which he finished 24th, and then climbed the leaderboard to 13th last year. With a strong performance in the 9th stage this year where he finished in 2nd place, he achieved an impressive overall 10th position when returning to Lima.

Comments

José Ignacio Cornejo, Stage: 2nd Overall: 7th

I'm glad with what I've achieved. I lost time in an earlier stage and at that point the aim to finish in the overall top ten seemed difficult to accomplish, but we didn't give up and kept pushing till the end. The final result was an overall 7th which is rewarding and I'm also happy with this stages result, another 2nd. It would have been even better if my team mates were able to finish with me amongst the top riders. If they had, there was a good chance one of them would have taken the crown since two of them were leading the race at times. I think we have proven that all 5 riders are capable of finishing in the top, and we are sure to return, even stronger next year. I personally would like to continue with the team to accomplish what Honda's here for, and I shall do all I can to fore fill that aim. I thank all the team members and all the staff who helped with the project.

Kevin Benavides, Stage: 6th Overall: 12th

We had prepared a lot for this Dakar and I had big dreams in it, however, the result was not what we hoped for. It's a pity that problems get solved on a table and not on the track. Anyway, I finished the race with my chin up, like a good athlete. Honda and I both did well in finishing the race. We are now appealing against the penalty and will just have to wait and see what happens. I started off today to enjoy the final stage, taking it nice and easy. Our next goal is the world championship, while preparing for the next Dakar. I want to thank all the team, sponsors, family, girlfriend, friends and all the people who support me through social networks. Thank you very much to all.

Taichi Honda, Monster Energy Honda Team Rally Large Project Leader

This is our 7th year since returning to the Dakar. We have learned from our experiences and strengthened our team, but once again, we learned how hard the Dakar is to win. We're not satisfied with the results, but competing in the Dakar has had immense benefits with developing our staff and evolving our technologies. We'll be back next year with a stronger team, and with better bikes.

* Race report and comments current as of January 17th, 2019.

Results

Dakar Rally 2019 Stage 10

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Toby Price (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
2 José Ignacio Cornejo (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
3 Matthias Walkner (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
4 Sam Sunderland (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
5 Luciano Benavides (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
6 Kevin Benavides (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
9 Daniel Nosiglia (MEC HRC)

Overall

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Toby Price (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
2 Matthias Walkner (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
3 Sam Sunderland (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
4 Pablo Quintanilla (ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING)
5 Kevin Benavides (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
6 Andrew Short (ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING)
7 Xavier de Soultrait (YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM)
8 José Ignacio Cornejo (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
11 Daniel Nosiglia (MEC HRC)

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