Stage 5Moquegua - Arequipa

  • Brabec Leads Dakar at Halfway Point while Goncalves Leaves the Race

    In the second day of the Marathon stage, Ricky Brabec clung on to the lead he gained the day before, and finished the first half of the 2019 edition in overall 1st.

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Brabec Leads Dakar at Halfway Point while Goncalves Leaves the Race

January 11, 2019


DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Stage 5

DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Behind the Scene Stage 5

In the second day of the Marathon stage, Ricky Brabec clung on to the lead he gained the day before, and finished the first half of the 2019 edition in overall 1st. Kevin Benavides was also a respectable 6th, and with the top seven riders within 10 minutes off the lead, they get to have a break at last. Tomorrow’s rest day will be a brief break for the riders, and a chance to fully prepare for the second half of the race.


January 11: The second day of the Marathon started from Moquegua, where riders had to be their own mechanics, back to the bivouac of Arequipa, where they would be reunited with their teams. The bivouac in Moquegua was set entirely for the bikes, away from the cars and trucks, to be sure that the riders would prepare and solve any problems on their own.


Although the destination was back at Arequipa, the route set to get there was totally different to the previous day. Riders left the bivouac early in the morning to cover the 161km Liaison before reaching the start of the Special, but the mass-start scheduled for early morning where groups of 10 riders start together, was delayed to 8am due to thick fog. The latter half of the 345km Special Stage was set in the Illo dunes with 65 percent off-piste, making it a very Dakar-like day.

All four Monster Energy Honda Team riders started in the first group of ten with a strategy to score positions to start the 6th stage on Sunday in an advantageous position. Both Ricky Brabec and Kevin Benavides finished the stage 6 minutes 46 seconds off the leader, securing 11th and 12th positions. Jose Ignacio Cornejo also finished safely in 17th position, 13 minutes 10 seconds off the leader.

As a result, Brabec still holds onto the overall lead by 59 seconds, while Benavides is sitting in a nice 6th position, 9 minutes 1 second behind. Cornejo also is climbing the board and is in 14th position halfway into the race.

Paulo Goncalves who has competed in 12 Dakars so far, fell at around the 155km post and was forced to retire.

January 12, the rally will come to a brief halt while the riders will take a rest in Arequipa, and team staff will prepare the bikes for the latter stages. Following rest day awaits a seemingly endless 838km stage, the longest of the 2019 edition heading to San Juan de Marcona. With drama sure to happen each day, the Dakar proceeds.

* Comment is based on the provisional result.

Comments

Ricky Brabec, Stage: 12th, Overall: 1st

I was really flying yesterday in the first part of the marathon to claw back the lost positions, but today in the second part of the Marathon it was more complicated because with the mass-start it’s difficult to gain any time, while somehow it’s easy to lose it. Tomorrow’s a rest day and well relax while getting ready for the following stages.

Kevin Benavides, Stage: 13th, Overall: 6th

The first week was good for me. I took it easy in the earlier days and slowly built up my pace. In the first group of the mass-start, I opened the track up to 200km so I didn’t have to deal with so much dust, but after that I fell back so I could start from an ideal position on Sunday, resulting in 11th place. We will take a good rest tomorrow, and plan our tactics for the latter half of the race.

José Ignacio Cornejo, Stage: 2nd, Overall: 14th

In such a dusty and rocky situation, I don’t think the mass-start was a good idea. It was dangerous and I kept calm, keeping my distance to stay out of the dust up to 155km, where Paulo had crashed. I stayed with him until the helicopter arrived, and by then a lot of riders had passed and the dust wasn’t as bad so I was able to ride at a steady pace. I rode harder in the sand and dunes to gain lost time and I will have to continue to do so, but I’m happy with my pace so far. We hope for a quick recovery for Paulo, and we’ll now take a good rest so we can take on the rest of the race with full power.

Taichi Honda, Monster Energy Honda Team Rally Large Project Leader

Second Half of the Marathon, and the first part of the 2019 Dakar has come to an end. Both Brabec and Benavides finished Stage 5 among the leaders and we were able to finish the first half of the long rally in a good position to fight on after the rest day tomorrow. The team will now go over the bike thoroughly, maintaining and preparing for the following stages. Unfortunately, Goncalves fell in this stage and was injured forcing him to leave the race. He is currently being assessed in hospital but seems to be OK and we hope to see him back with the team soon. Diego Martlin Duplessis of the MEC HRC-supported team also fell and left the race at this stage. After the brief break we will be fully prepared to continue, for the Team is in a good position where we can fight hard for the overall victory. The Monster Energy Honda Team appreciates your support.

Results

Dakar Rally 2019 Stage 5

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Sam Sunderland (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
2 José Ignacio Cornejo (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
3 Xavier de Soultrait (YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM)
4 Lorenzo Santolino (SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY)
5 Adrien Van Beveren (YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM)
6 Andrew Short (ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING)
12 Ricky Brabec (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
13 Kevin Benavides (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
15 Daniel Nosiglia (MEC HRC)

Overall

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Ricky Brabec (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
2 Sam Sunderland (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
3 Pablo Quintanilla (ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING)
4 Toby Price (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
5 Adrien Van Beveren (YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM)
6 Kevin Benavides (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
14 José Ignacio Cornejo (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
15 Daniel Nosiglia (MEC HRC)

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