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Positive marathon stage for Barreda and Cornejo

  Silk Way Rally 20192019  Cross-Country Rallies   Round WORLD2 , Stage 4

Positive marathon stage for Barreda and Cornejo

The first leg of the marathon stage of the Silk Way Rally held in Ulan Bator was an upbeat one for Joan Barreda claiming fourth and José Ignacio Cornejo, who improves race pace.

The Mongolian capital, Ulan Bator, today hosted the fourth stage of the Silk Way Rally, which played out over a looping route in the surroundings of the camp situated a few kilometres from the city outskirts. Riders faced the longest special stage of the rally, covering over 470 kilometres against the clock, on a stage requiring relentless concentration during the four-hour stint in the saddle. On arrival, all competitors were obliged to leave the bikes in the parc ferme where only the participants themselves were allowed to carry out any necessary maintenance.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Spanish rider Joan Barreda kept up a scorching pace throughout the stage, opening the way once he had reached his team-mate Kevin Benavides, and even managed to lead the stage for a lengthy stretch of the special. In the end, the rider fell victim to a minor navigational error while reading a complicated note in the roadbook, which saw him drop time, before eventually posting third on the day. Barreda holds third place in the general standings just one second off the second-place rider.

Likewise, team-mate José Ignacio Cornejo was putting in high-speed performance. The Chilean from Monster Energy Honda Team showed a marked improvement on previous stages to claim the sixth spot on the day some nine minutes behind the stage winner.

Kevin Benavides, elsewhere, suffered a setback and was forced to ride from kilometre 40 with no front brake. The Argentinean had to concede the race leadership after dropping several minutes, after being unable to maintain the kind of high speeds that the stage demanded.

Riders will be able to service their bikes in the parc ferme before restarting tomorrow’s fifth stage between Ulan Bator and Mandalgovi with a 337-kilometre stage featuring just 27.6 km of liaison sections. Riders can expect hard track with some stony ground.

 

Kevin Benavides

STAGE: 12TH  OVERALL: 4TH

At kilometre 40 I lost a screw in the brake support, and I had to complete 430 kilometres of special without a front brake. It was pretty dangerous to tell the truth and it was complicated trying to complete the stage with a limited speed, but without going over the top, because a fall would have been much more serious. I lost a lot of time and now I will have to work a bit on the bike, trying to set up the brake and start again tomorrow to try to finish the marathon stage as best I can.

Kevin Benavides

 

Joan Barreda

STAGE: 3RD  OVERALL: 3RD

Today was a good day. At 470 that is a lot of kilometres, but it was fast and with some difficulties, especially in the final part where there were some navigation areas. I made a small mistake where I lost some time, but whatever. I’m happy because it went well. The bike is perfect, so you I just have to give it a quick check.

Joan Barreda

 

José Ignacio Cornejo

STAGE: 6TH  OVERALL: 10TH

This first part of the marathon was very long, but very fast. The speed was high all day. I enjoyed it a lot, I had a good time going fast; I didn’t fall but I didn’t take any risks either. I’m happy with the pace and tomorrow we’ll see how it goes. Now, we are going to do the maintenance on the bike.

José Ignacio Cornejo

 

Results Stage 4

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 4:15’19
2 BENAVIDES Luciano ARG KTM Factory Racing Team +3’46
3 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team +4’57
4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +7’23
5 SHORT Andrew USA Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +8’38
6 CORNEJO José Ignacio CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +9’10
7 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +9’56
8 MENA Oriol SPA Hero Motorsports Team Rally +10’09
9 GONCALVES Paulo POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally +11’49
10 CAIMI Franco ARG Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +12’33
11 SANZ Laia SPA Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +14’47
12 BENAVIDES Kevin ARG Monster Energy Honda Team +18’32

 

Rider Standings

Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap
1 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 9:38’55
2 BENAVIDES Luciano ARG KTM Factory Racing Team +5’11
3 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team

 

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