Barreda off to a flying start as the Dakar gets underway in Pisco with Monster Energy Honda in top p

The first special of this Dakar was won by a rampant Joan Barreda in Adrenarena de Paracas, near Pisco. But it wasn’t just Joan who shone in the Monster Energy Honda Team: Ricky Brabec posted third after an outstanding ride in the dunes with Benavides, Cornejo and Gonçalves occuping notable positions.

Day one, en route from the Peruvian capital Lima to the bivouac located around the city of Pisco, consisted of a total of 332 kilometres of stage, with only 84 km against the clock was enough to set up the first official race leader board of the 2019 edition of the Dakar Rally. 80% of the route took place in the dunes, on a stage which covered some dried up river beds that were navigationally more demanding. Nevertheless, all the members of the Monster Energy Honda Team riders were able to overcome the hazards successfully.

Rider Standings


Pos. Rider Num Nation Team Time/Gap 1 BARREDA Joan 5 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team 57’36 2 QUINTANILLA Pablo 6 CHI Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing +01’34 3 BRABEC Ricky 15 USA Monster Energy Honda Team +02’52 4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 4 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +02’55 5 SUNDERLAND Sam 14 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +02’56 6 PRICE Toby 3 AUS Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +03’08 7 WALKNER Matthias 1 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +03’12 8 BENAVIDES Kevin 47 ARG Monster Energy Honda Team +04’00 9 CORNEJO José Ignacio 10 CHI Monster Energy Honda Team +05’22 10 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier 18 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +05’54 11 GONCALVES Paulo 2 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +06’41