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  • Cornejo Jumps to 6th Overall in Penultimate Stage

    Monster Energy Honda Team rider José Ignacio Cornejo finished 6th in the penultimate 9th stage of the 2019 Dakar Rally, moving him up to 6th overall.

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Cornejo Jumps to 6th Overall in Penultimate Stage

January 16, 2019


DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Stage 9

DAKAR RALLY 2019 - Behind the Scene Stage 9

Young Chilean Monster Energy Honda Team rider José Ignacio Cornejo has finished in the top team position numerous times in this 2019 edition of the Dakar, and proved his talent yet again in the 9th stage. He is also on the brink of fulfilling his aim of an overall top-ten finish.


January 16: The 9th stage of the Dakar Rally was set in a loop around Pisco, with a total of 409km including a 313km Special. With 90 percent of the special stage in the dunes, this stage was the last of the tough and demanding long stages with plenty of drama.

Starting again in motocross style, 10 riders at a time set off into the desert, according to their results the previous day, at 6:15am.

Monster Energy Honda Team riders Kevin Benavides and Cornejo started in the first row amongst the race leaders. The top 10 riders rode out to the undisturbed dunes with care, in search of the first way-point.

Cornejo who is well experienced with dunes in his home town of Iquique, Chili, was confident in this stage and showed his speed. With his ability in the dunes he has gathered much trust from his teammates in this 2019 Dakar, and as to prove his skill, he finished the stage in 6th position, 3 minutes 30 seconds off the stage winner. This result also put him in 6th position overall, however the 7th position rider is close behind and he will fight hard again tomorrow to secure his best Dakar result yet.

Benavides also rode strong from the start today. He allowed the second group, which followed the tracks of the first group, to catch up a little in the earlier part, but marked top times in the latter half finishing 4 minutes 3 seconds behind.

The 2019 Dakar will reach its final day tomorrow. A 359km stage with a shorter 112km Special will take the competitors back to Lima, where the finish line awaits. The podium where they left from on January 6 will welcome the heroes back on the beach of Magdalena.

The 3-hour penalty on Kevin Benavides after the 8th stage was due to suspected violence of new rules installed for the 2019 edition Dakar. Monster Energy Honda Team is currently collecting information to officially make an official proposal to the organizers.

Comments

José Ignacio Cornejo, Stage: 6th Overall: 6th

The second to last stage was yet again a mass start so I rode with other riders all day long, keeping a safe distance due to the clouds of dust. We were close together again in the dunes and we all had a bit of trouble finding a way-point. Having lost a few minutes doing so, I went on to finish the stage in 6th place, pushing me up also to 6th position in the overall. I hope to keep up the good pace I've had these few days, into the last day of the 2019 Dakar.

Kevin Benavides, Stage: 14th Overall: 13th

I tried to put it behind me, but the sanction given to me yesterday made my day difficult. The leading group were together most of the day, but I opened most of the track. There was a complicated way-point where we all lost some time, and the second group caught us up. I'm pleased I was able to finish a difficult stage safely. Honda has always been supportive and we have fought well together so far. Now we'll just finish it off tomorrow.

Results

Dakar Rally 2019 Stage 9

Rank Rider (Team)
1 Michael Metge (SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY)
2 Daniel Nosiglia (MEC HRC)
3 Pablo Quintanilla (ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING)
4 Matthias Walkner (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
5 Toby Price (RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM)
6 José Ignacio Cornejo (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)
14 Kevin Benavides (MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM)

Overall

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

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