January 19, 2021

Benavides wins the stage, Cornejo extends his advantage and Barreda returns to the podium


Dakar Rally 2021: Stage 9 Neom – Neom

The Argentinian Kevin Benavides (Honda) won the ninth stage of the Dakar Rally with an advantage of 1:34 over the Chilean José Ignacio Cornejo, who this Tuesday saw his advantage grow over the second classified in the motorcycle general classification, due to the abandonment of Australian Toby Price (KTM).

Evacuated by helicopter, severely sore in his left arm and shoulder, the Australian lost all his chances to fight for the win in this edition of the Dakar Rally, which is being held in Saudi Arabia for the second consecutive year. Price was second, 1:06 behind Cornejo.

Although the Chilean gave up the stage victory, by a slim margin of 1:34 against Kevin Benavides, the leader of the general classification, can be considered the big winner of the day. Now spot the runner-up at 11:24. His pursuer is precisely Kevin Benavides.

The Argentine, also winner of the fifth stage, scored his second win in this edition of the Dakar Rally, being the fastest of the day, consisting of a 109-kilometer loop and a 465-kilometer special in the town of Neom.

His brother, Luciano, who was evacuated by helicopter after a heavy fall when he was third, ended his journey in this section.

In that place the French completed the stage Adrien Van Beveren, 13:52 behind the winner.

The austrian Mathias Walkner was fourth, followed by the Spanish Joan Barreda.

The Castellón star of a notable rise in the general motorcycle ranking, settling in third position, although with a delay of 29 minutes with respect to the leader. He is behind, at 1:34, the British Sam Sunderland.

Completed the ninth stage, the participants have three more stages ahead of them to order the final classification of the motorcycle general. Ignacio Cornejo, Kevin Benavides and Joan Barreda reach the decisive part of the race on podium positions, but until Friday everything can happen.


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