The team appeared with the full lineup of top riders, Argentine Kevin Benavides, Portuguese Paulo GonÌ¤alves, American Ricky Brabec and Chilean JosÌ© Ignacio Cornejo. Also back in the battle, after two months out after an operation for a double left wrist fracture, was Spaniard Joan Barreda.
The final Merzouga Rally balance sheet for Monster Energy Honda Team looked as good as it gets. The team laid down the gauntlet with a win in the prologue and then snatched four wins out of five special stages. The squad didn‰Ûªt let up and commanded throughout the 900 kilometres of timed sections, with the two most outstanding riders, Joan Barreda and Kevin Benavides, occupying the top two final overall positions.
Other members of the team, likewise turned out fine performances, such as Ricky Brabec, who set a fast pace to finish fifth in the general rankings, with two podium places. JosÌ© Ignacio Cornejo was eighth, and continues to progress within the team structure and Paulo GonÌ¤alves, twelfth, goes on clocking up more mileage on the Honda CRF450 RALLY and is almost back to full fitness after the injuries that kept him out of the Dakar 2018.