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2019 Silk Way Rally – Day 7/8, SS6 & SS7: Going Fast to Take It Slow

Waving Goodbye to Mongolia, Teams Make the Most of Serious Speeds Before a Tedious Transfer

Silk Way Rally; Special Stage Six: What were once endless peaks and valleys of shimmery green, today was a sea of golden brown. The former curling of earth lay flat and placid with minor swells to offer a break in the monotony. But as the average viewer sees a void of features and hurdles, the rally racer sees a distorted horizon, complicating the legibility of the roadbook. This is really where the navigator shines. Having to use a keen set of eyes to swiftly read and execute quick-changing directions among the mess plate of pathways laid out in the dirt. The pace faster than ever, competitors are making the most of the free-for-all because these last few stages will offer a variety of countryside more akin to other World Class their used to.

Whether it was luck, skill or a bit of both, HERO Motosport’s Oriol Mena Valdearcos #25 outshined his adversaries taking the victory in this last stage before the long transfer to Northern China. Even more astonishing is Polish privateer Adam Tomiczek #31 whose grand performance placed him second after Mena, putting the Orlen Team into the overall Top Ten. Coincidentally, his teammate #32 Maciej Giemza too broke through. It’s moments like these which make rally raid so exciting. Grassroots racers rising up the ranks by their merit and the inevitable mistakes of their Factory comrades. The SS6 roadbook was tricky, turn right, and you’re on the fast-track to the Finish Line. Turn left, and like the Benavides brothers, Kevin (#7 Monster Energy Honda) and Luciano (#77 Red Bull KTM), the clock ticks away at lightspeed. This stage made a significant impact on the day’s lineup and the general standings, which, importantly, sees Kevin – one of the most promising riders of this year’s SWR – dropping to 7th overall. Sam Sunderland may have made some similar errors in the special, however, still maintains a comfortable lead in the rally.

“I [haven’t] even been in the Top Ten yet, so, to be…Top Five it’s nice. This was excellent!” Adam Tomachek #31, Orlen Team

Colorado-born Andrew Short #29 (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna) may seem like he’s hanging out in the upper-middle part of the pack when looking at his daily stats (for instance, he ended the stage in 6th), but in fact America’s most humble moto star is actually holding down 4th in the General Classification. Evidence his conservative tactics could lead to the podium after all! Fan favorite Laia Sanz #44 (Red Bull KTM) proved her worth once again finding herself in 5th after teammate Sunderland. On the other side of the celebration, Paolo Goncalves #4 of HERO Motosports is officially out when early on his bike came to a halt due to mechanical issues.

“Today, I am happy. It was a good stage for me. I just [got] lost a little bit…Luckily, I [chose the good way]. I [had] a good race, but anyway, I am happy because the first two days were not easy for me with the mud and the bumpy…and broken tracks. But [it] seems the third day I’m feeling really good, I’m confident with the bike and I feel really grateful because after last year, [when] I was sick and out of racing for a long time, it’s nice to feel strong again, and fast, and enjoy.” Laia Sanz #44, Red Bull KTM Factory

The Car class has been nonstop chaos. The order shuffled and reshuffled everyday like a deck of cards at the Tables, with only Nasser Al-Attiya and Mathieu Baumel #200 left out. In this scenario, they’d resemble the Jokers, sitting on the side watching as the kings, queens and other numbers are mixed incessantly. But the Toyota Gazoo team is no joke. Besting the rest by, now, 40 minutes and 33 seconds. A time which would have been even more impressive had they not missed three kilometers after the restart. Nonetheless, they again claimed the stage title. And although nothing is for certain, a betting man would likely put his money on Al-Attiya staying true to his word: finally winning the Silk Way Rally.

“The special was difficult to navigate. You had to really pay attention. At certain points we hesitated, but in the end, everything worked out OK. It is the 6th victory on the trot for us. Tomorrow is relaxed – just 550 kilometers of liaison to go into China, where we will discover the dunes of the Gobi Desert.” – Nasser Al-Attiya #200, Toyota Gazoo Team SA

Within the scuffle, Eric Van Loon and Sebastien Delaunay #205 of Overdrive Racing earned themselves a much better position than the previous, ending the stage at 2nd after yesterday’s 7th place finish. Denis Krotov and Dmytro Tsyro #209 in the MINI would have achieved a spectacular feat if, after leading by 23 minutes only 50 kilometers from ASS, they hadn’t suffered a puncture and a stuck gearbox. A strong conclusion such as this could have brought them twenty minutes or so closer to the Winner’s Circle had they succeeded. “Team USA” in the Can-Am, Austin Jones and Kellon Walch #229, have made leaps and bounds to nestle into the SxS class’ second seat ahead of everyone but Russian team Sergei Kariakin and Anton Vlasiuk #220.

Plenty of politics are involved in rally raid, there’s no question. But it can be frustrating for those competitors who depend on results to determine their tactics. Although the MAZ-SportAuto team seemed to have claimed the stage victory, the starting order for the following special state otherwise. Instead, the KAMAZ-Master fleet has taken the three premiere positions pushing #304 Siarhey Viazovich, Anton Zaparoshchanka and Andrei Zhyhulun into 4th. Overall, the leading MAZ team from Belarus will begin again in China with a good enough distance to observe mistakes, even follow tracks, and make up for lost time. Leg Seven may not be a real rest day, but the liaison across the border can give the athletes time to consider their next strike. There are only three more specials left, and as the world works in mysterious ways. Anything can happen!

KEY NOTES

Ø Dalanzadgad to Mandalgovi – Distance: 412.06KM; Special Stage: 279.06KM

Ø Due to a track which had been badly damaged by mining trucks, for safety concerns the Race Direction team decided to cut Special Stage Six into two parts with a liaison from PK 157.23 to PK 286.65 – a total of 129.42. This deliberation also delayed the start of the race about an hour.

Ø “Kilometer 289.91 of this 6th selective section caused a major upset for some of the riders and drivers. You had to find [it] difficult to see track heading off on 270°. In the bike class, this note will remain memorable for Oriol Mena (HERO), who wins his first victory on this SILK WAY RALLY, it is also the place where Kevin Benavides (Honda) perhaps lost the race. In the cars, the changing of a bearing very nearly interrupted Nasser Al-Attiyah’s (Toyota) clean run.” [Excerpt from Silk Way Rally]

Ø Tomorrow: Day 8 (would-be SS7) is a long transfer from Mongolia to China. The entire event will be uprooting from the Southern Gobi and going by truck, car, bus and/or plane into the oppressive heat of China’s northern desert landing in Bayin Boalige.

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TOP TEN RESULTS [SS6]

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #25 Oriol Mena Valdearcos (ESP), HERO MOTORSPORTS TEAM RALLY
  2. #31 Adam Tomiczek (POL), ORLEN TEAM
  3. #11 Joan Barreda (ESP), MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM
  4. #6 Sam Sunderland (GBR), RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
  5. #44 Laia Sanz (ESP), RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
  6. #29 Andrew Short (USA), ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING
  7. #13 Franco Caimi (ARG), YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
  8. #10 Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
  9. #16 Xavier de Soultrait (FRA), YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
  10. #9 Jose` Cornejo Florimo (ESP), MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM

QUAD

  1. #101 Rafal Sonik (POL), SONIK TEAM
  2. #103 Arkadiusz Lindner (POL), LINDNER ARKADIUSZ
  3. #102 Aleksandr Maksimov (RUS), MAKSIMOV ALEKSANDR

CAR

  1. #201 Nasser Al-Attiya (QAT); Mathieu Baumel (FRA), TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA
  2. #205 Eric Van Loon (NLD); Sebastien Delaunay (FRA), OVERDRIVE RACING
  3. #203 Mathieu Serradori (FRA); Fabian Lurquin (BEL), SRT TEAM
  4. #211 Kun Liu (CHN); Hongyo Pan (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG QIMOSPORT
  5. #235 Ping Sun (CHN); Li Ma (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG CLUB
  6. #225 Banding Niu (CHN); Juntao Lian (CHN), ShaNXI YUNXIANG QIMOSPORT
  7. #236 Ming Zhang (CHN); Xu Qin (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG CLUB
  8. #212 Jérome Pelichet (FRA); Pascal Larroque (FRA), RAID LYNX
  9. #208 Wei Han (CHN); Min Liao (CHN), GEELY AUTO SHELL LUBRICANT TEAM
  10. #223 Yungang Zi (CHN); Zengrong Wang (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG QIMOSPORT

UTV

  1. #220 Sergei Kariakin (RUS); Anton Vlasiuk (RUS), SNAG RACING
  2. #229 Austin Jones (USA); Kellon Walch (USA), SOUTH RACING CAN-AM
  3. #219 José Pena Campo (ESP); Rafael Tornabell Cordoba (ESP), XTREME PLUS
  4. #261 Burentogtokh Amar (MNG); Sainbayar Battur (MNG), ULZ MOTO CLUB
  5. #251 Graham Knight (GBR); David Watson (GBR), XTREME PLUS
  6. #242 Frédéric Chavigny (FRA); Igor Motko (UKR), ASPRIA SEEDS
  7. #232 Petar Cenkov (BGR); Plamen Nikolov (BGR), RALLYRAID.BG
  8. #252 Erdenesuren Ganbaatar (MNG); Ariunbold Ser-Ochir (MNG), ERDENES MOTORSPORTS
  9. #226 Aleksei Shmotev (RUS); Andrei Rudnitski (BLR), SNAG RACING
  10. #253 Tatiana Sycheva (RUS); Aleksandr Alekseev (RUS), XESHA RALLY TEAM

TRUCK

  1. #300 Andrey Karginov (RUS); Andrey Mokeev (RUS); Ivan Malkov (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  2. #303 Anton Shibalov (RUS); Dmitrii Nikitin (RUS); Ivan Tatarinov (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  3. #302 Airat Mardeev (RUS); Dmitrii Svistunov (RUS); Sergei Krenev (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  4. #304 Siarhey Viazovich (BLR); Anton Zaparoshchanka (BLR); Andrei Zhyhulun (BLR), MAZ-SPORTAUTO
  5. #301 Maarten Van Den Brink (NLD); Wouter De Graaff (NLD); Mitchel Van Den Brink (NLD), MAMMOET RALLY SPORT
  6. #305 Sergey Kupriyanov (RUS); Alexander Kupriyanov (RUS); Akhmet Galiautdinov (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  7. #307 Aliaksei Vishneuski (BLR); Pavel Haranin (BLR); Andrei Neviarovich (BLR), MAZ-SPORTAUTO
  8. #311 Aleksandr Vasilevski (BLR); Maksim Novikau (BLR); Vitaly Murylev (BLR), MAZ-SPORTAUTO
  9. #317 Patrice Garrouste (FRA); Loic Minaudier (FRA); Jacques Martinez-Jean (FRA), BOUCOU ASSISTANCE
  10. #310 Aviv Kadshai (ISR); Izhar Armony (USA); Maoz Wilder (ISR), CRV

TOP TEN RESULTS [GENERAL CLASSIFICATION]

MOTORCYCLE

  1. #6 Sam Sunderland (GBR), RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
  2. #25 Oriol Mena Valdearcos (ESP), HERO MOTORSPORTS TEAM RALLY
  3. #77 Luciano Benavides (ARG), RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
  4. #29 Andrew Short (USA), ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING
  5. #13 Franco Caimi (ARG), YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
  6. #10 Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), YAMAHA RALLY TEAM
  7. #7 Kevin Benavides (ARG), MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM
  8. #44 Laia Sanz (ESP), RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
  9. #31Adam Tomiczek (POL), ORLEN TEAM
  10. #32Maciej Giemza (POL), ORLEN TEAM

QUAD

  1. #101 Rafal Sonik (POL), SONIK TEAM
  2. #103 Arkadiusz Lindner (POL), LINDNER ARKADIUSZ
  3. #102 Aleksandr Maksimov (RUS), MAKSIMOV ALEKSANDR

CAR/UTV

  1. #201 Nasser Al-Attiya (QAT); Mathieu Baumel (FRA), TOYOTA GAZOO RACING SA
  2. #211 Kun Liu (CHN); Hongyo Pan (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG QIMOSPORT
  3. #212 Jérome Pelichet (FRA); Pascal Larroque (FRA), RAID LYNX
  4. #208 Wei Han (CHN); Min Liao (CHN), GEELY AUTO SHELL LUBRICANT TEAM
  5. #223 Yungang Zi (CHN); Zengrong Wang (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG QIMOSPORT
  6. #236 Ming Zhang (CHN); Xu Qin (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG CLUB
  7. #235 Ping Sun (CHN); Li Ma (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG CLUB
  8. #209 Denis Krotov (RUS); Dmytro Tsyro (RUS), MSK RALLY TEAM
  9. #203 Mathieu Serradori (FRA); Fabian Lurquin (BEL), SRT TEAM
  10. #217 Rong Zi (CHN); Xinjian Xing (CHN), SHANXI YUNXIANG CLUB

TRUCK

  1. #304 Siarhey Viazovich (BLR); Anton Zaparoshchanka (BLR); Andrei Zhyhulun (BLR), MAZ-SPORTAUTO
  2. #303 Anton Shibalov (RUS); Dmitrii Nikitin (RUS); Ivan Tatarinov (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  3. #300 Andrey Karginov (RUS); Andrey Mokeev (RUS); Ivan Malkov (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  4. #302 Airat Mardeev (RUS); Dmitrii Svistunov (RUS); Sergei Krenev (RUS), KAMAZ-MASTER TEAM
  5. #301 Maarten Van Den Brink (NLD); Wouter De Graaff (NLD); Mitchel Van Den Brink (NLD), MAMMOET RALLY SPORT

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