Factory KTM rider Sam Sunderland takes victory at the 2019 Silk Way Rally ahead of Andrew Short and Adrien Van Beveren.
Sam Sunderland claims his second consecutive victory at the 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship after winning the 2019 Silk Way Rally. The KTM rider rode the tricky 10th and final special stage, that featured a mix of rocky tracks, ravines and dry river beds, mistake-free to claim the overall victory with a comfortable 20 minute gap over Andrew Short.
Yamaha rider Adrien Van Beveren rounded the podium after a fight to the finish line battle with Short and Keven Benavides.
“It’s really cool to take the win here in China.” Said Sunderland at the finish of the stage. “I’m really happy with the job done by myself and the team – it wouldn’t have been possible without this big effort from everyone to come to Russia, Mongolia and now China. It’s been a huge adventure and one that we’ll all remember for a long time, that’s for sure.”
Andrew Short maintains second overall
After having won the penultimate stage and jumping to second overall, Andrew Short didn’t have room to relax on the last stage. Adrien Van Beveren was less than a minute behind him in the overall and eager to land his Yamaha in the runner-up spot.
The French rider went all-out in the last stage and was in the lead but a few kilometres from the end he made a navigation mistake that cost him valuable minutes. Short it was then who took second with Van Beveren just 40 seconds behind in third.
Kevin Benavides was the fastest on the final stage and pushed equally hard to get on the podium earning himself the fourth stage win in Silk Way Rally. Despite the last stage charge the South American missed the podium by 36 second after more than 26 hours of rallying.
Laia Sanz finished her impressive ride in the Silk Way Rally being 13th in the last stage and scoring seventh overall.
Provisional top 10 results stage 10 – 2019 Silk Way Rally:
- Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 2:40:49
- Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 2:42:39 +1:50
- Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 2:42:51 +2:02
- Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 2:43:03 +2:14
- Jose Cornejo (CHL), Honda, 2:43:11 +2:22
- Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 2:45:20 +4:31
- Paulo Goncalves (PRT), Hero, 2:46:25 +5:36
- Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 2:47:52 +7:03
- Oriol Mena (ESP), Hero, 2:48:23 +7:34
- Xavier De Soutrait (FRA), Yamaha, 2:55:51 +15:02
Provisional top 10 standings (after stage 10) – 2019 Silk Way Rally:
- Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 26:12:47
- Andrew Short (USA), Husqvarna, 26:33:09 +20:22
- Adrien Van Beveren (FRA), Yamaha, 26:33:48 +21:02
- Kevin Benavides (ARG), Honda, 26:34:24 +21:37
- Luciano Benavides (ARG), KTM, 26:49:37 +36:50
- Oriol Mena (ESP), Hero, 27:04:37 +51:50
- Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, 28:09:13 +1:56:26
- Adam Tomiczek (POL), Husqvarna, 28:20:51 +2:08:04
- Joan Barreda (ESP), Honda, 29:07:12 +2:54:25
- Maciej Giemza (POL), Husqvarna, 29:23:18 +3:10:31
Next stop for the FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship will be the Atacama Rally, Chile, in September 1-7.Photo Credit: Rally Zone Igor AguadoEnduro21 Junior Editorigor.firstname.lastname@example.org