Monster Energy Honda Team got to grips today with the first full stage of the Atacama Rally, grabbing a decisive win for Kevin Benavides in the dunes of CopiapÌ_.
The opening stages looping special, beginning and ending in CopiapÌ_, took in a total of 266.30 kilometres against the clock. The rest was made up of 91 kilometres of liaison to form a total of 358.87 kilometres.
By the time the stage was done, the fastest had proved to be Argentine Monster Energy Honda Team rider, Kevin Benavides. A delayed start benefited the rider who was been able to set a formidable pace, strong enough to post the day‰Ûªs best time. However, with the addition of the prologue time, Benavides now lies in second spot in the overall standings.
"It was a good stage, I came from behind, trying to take advantage of some of the tracks," Benavides explained. "I also had to navigate because I saw that there were people who had got lost and there were tracks everywhere. Good pace, good feelings, and a good level of concentration throughout the race. Physically I'm fine, too. I am happy with this first stage and I hope to continue in this vein. There‰Ûªs still a long way to go."