Monster Energy Honda Team rider #kevinbenavides has managed to finish round one of the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship on the rostrum. The Argentinean took third place overall in the rally. Nacho Cornejo clinched the Junior category title.
The #abudhabidesertchallenge wrapped up today with Monster Energy Honda Team present on the podium. It was a hard-fought third place for #kevinbenavides, who battled right up until the final kilometre of the rally. Kevin finished hot on the heels of the stage’s eventual winner to secure his place on the final prize winners’ platform.
The final stage of the #abudhabidesertchallenge got off to a hotly-disputed motocross-style start with the riders starting out in line. The strongest riders had soon bonded into a group over the opening stretches of the 218 kilometre special. The course gradually took to dusty tracks, obliging many competitors to slow the pace down to avoid accidents on very treacherous terrain.
Paulo Gonçalves finished the stage in sixth, moving up a position in the overall standings, just ahead of #rickybrabec who had ridden alongside him for practically the whole special. Likewise #michaelmetge, who posted eighth place on the day.
Cornejo wins in Junior
José Ignacio Cornejo suffered a fall during this final special as he followed other riders into the middle of a cloud of dust. Nevertheless, he finished the stage in the top ten and took eighth final position in the general rankings. Additionally, ‘Nacho’ scooped the prize for best junior in the competition.
It won’t be a long wait until the next appointment with Monster Energy Honda Team when the squad compete in the Merzouga Rally in Morocco from April 16-20. The team expects to include Joan Barreda back from injury after a wrist operation in February.
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