History books are rewritten on final stage of 2019 Silk Way Rally

History books are rewritten on final stage of 2019 Silk Way Rally

16.07.2019: Offroad history has been made right across the 2019 Silk Way Rally. The 5,000 kilometres through the tough terrains of Russia, Mongolia and China is not a race anybody will be forgetting in a hurry.






Offroad history has been made right across the 2019 Silk Way Rally. The 5,000 kilometres through the tough terrains of Russia, Mongolia and China is not a race anybody will be forgetting in a hurry.



Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT) and co-driver Mathieu Baumel (FRA) controlled the car race like no crew has ever done at an international rally-raid event. Not only did the duo steer their Toyota Hilux to the overall victory, they set the fastest time on all nine of the timed special stages.




“This was a really good race, from beginning to end. The start in Russia, passing Mongolia and crossing the dunes here in China. It was an incredible race. We are so happy.” – Nasser Al-Attiyah





Al-Attiyah and Baumel have won every race they have entered this year. They are reigning Dakar champions and current leaders of the FIA World Cup for Cross Country Rallies. The pair have an air of invincibility every time they step into their car.




“When you have a driver like Nasser with you it helps a lot. We did a good job all the way at this rally and we’re really happy. To win all the stages is something I never thought would be possible.” – Mathieu Baumel




While Al-Attiyah and Baumel were creating history in the car category, bikes were racing at the Silk Way for the first-time ever. With 18 consecutive Dakar wins it was no surprise to see the Red Bull KTM Factory Team take control of the two-wheel contest.



2017 Dakar Rally winner Sam Sunderland (GBR) built up a comfortable lead that he was able to manage during the final stages in China. Sunderland is another to enter the history books, as the winner of the first Silk Way bike race.




“There were huge contrasts in terrain. In Russia we were in the forest, like Sardinia style. Then we were in Mongolia for the fastest stages I have ever ridden in my life. Then really physical days in China to finish things off.” – Sam Sunderland





Second place among the KTM riders went to Luciano Benavides (ARG). After incurring a penalty for a missing timesheet the chances of a podium finish for Benavides were slim. However, the youngster can be encouraged by his fifth place overall as he continues to learn during his first full FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.



“In the last few days I had too many mistakes and this put me back in the rankings a bit. Overall, it was a good rally for me and now we’re looking forward to the rest of the world championship.” – Luciano Benavides





The third Red Bull KTM Factory Team rider at the Silk Way was Laia Sanz (ESP). Sanz improved steadily as the rally worked its way through Russia, Mongolia and China. The Spanish rider rose up the rankings stage-by-stage to eventually finish seventh overall.



“It’s been a really nice rally with very good organisation. I’m happy that I came. I had some really good days in Mongolia.” – Laia Sanz




There was a final flourish from truck race winner Anton Shibalov (RUS) on the last stage between Jiayuguan and Dunhuang. The Kamaz trucker won the stage to seal his overall victory.




"The race was always interesting. Every day there was something new to discover. Things have turned out great for us, but it was a tough battle as well. Anything could have happened in the dunes on these last two days.” – Anton Shibalov





It’s been another great Silk Way for Kamaz with Andrey Karginov (RUS) finishing second and Ayrat Mardeev (RUS) third overall.



“The main thing is that Team Kamaz Master won. Our crews took all the prizes so the task is complete.” – Andrey Karginov




With so much great offroad action across 10 days at the Silk Way Rally, the entire convoy can’t wait to come back again next year. We salute all the history-makers and rally-raid racers who put it all on the line in the forests of Russia, the steppes of Mongolia and the dunes of China.





2019 Silk Way Rally: Stage 10 Results



Car: Top 3

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA)   Toyota Hilux
   02:27:30
2. Eric Van Loon (NLD)/Sebastien Delaunay (FRA)   Toyota Hilux   +00:02:25
3. Jérome Pelichet (FRA)/Pascal Larroque (FRA)   Optimus
   +00:03:56


Bike: Top 3

1. Kevin Benavides (ARG)   Honda   02:40:49
2. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA)   Yamaha   +00:01:50
3. Andrew Short (USA)   Husqvarna   +00:02:02


Truck: Top 3

1. Anton Shibalov (RUS)   Kamaz   02:36:28
2. Andrey Karginov (RUS)   Kamaz   +00:00:34
3. Aliaksei Vishhneuski (BLR)   MAZ   +00:12:14





2019 Silk Way Rally: Overall Rankings after Stage 10



Car: Top 3

1. Nasser Al-Attiyah (QAT)/Mathieu Baumel (FRA)   Toyota Hilux
   24:25:29
2. Wei Han (CHN)/Liao Min (CHN)   SMG Buggy   +01:25:04
3. Jérome Pelichet (FRA)/Pascal Larroque (FRA)   Optimus
   +01:43:39


Bike: Top 3

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR)   KTM   26:12:47
2. Andrew Short (USA)   Husqvarna   +00:20:22
3. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA)   Yamaha   +00:21:01
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG)   KTM   +00:36:50
7. Laia Sanz (ESP)   KTM   +01:56:26


Truck: Top 3

1. Anton Shibalov (RUS)   Kamaz   26:01:40
2. Andrey Karginov (RUS)   Kamaz   +00:25:22
3. Ayrat Mardeev (RUS)   Kamaz   +00:52:05
5. Sergey Kupriyanov (RUS)   Kamaz   +04:12:41

 








Quotes


Nasser Al-Attiyah:
“This was a really good race, from beginning to end. The start in Russia, passing Mongolia and crossing the dunes here in China. It was an incredible race. We’re so happy. It’s great to finally win the Silk Way because I’ve been here twice before and been beaten both times. We were able to control the race from the beginning. We pushed and also avoided any big mistakes.”



Mathieu Baumel
: “We opened the route a lot at this rally. When it’s a normal piste it’s not so difficult, usually you can read the lines of the bikes. But when it’s sandy like on these final stages it can be tricky. When you have a driver like Nasser with you it helps a lot. We did a good job all the way at this rally and we’re really happy. To win all the stages is something I never thought would be possible.”



Sam Sunderland
: “It was a really tough rally, super long. There were huge contrasts in terrain. In Russia we were in the forest, like in Sardinia. Then we were in Mongolia for the fastest stages I have ever ridden in my life. Then really physical days in China to finish things off. Unfortunately I got sick on day two or three with a real bad flu. A lot of my race was just about managing this illness. In the end all went well, the bike and the team have been perfect.”



Luciano Benavides
: “It’s been a crazy rally for me. I liked being here so much. It was similar to the Dakar and I’m really happy to finish another long rally. Finishing in the Top 5 is a good result for me. In the last few days I’ve had too many mistakes and this has put me back in the rankings a bit. Overall, it was a good rally for me and now we’re looking forward to the rest of the world championship.”


Laia Sanz:
“I took it easy on the final stage just to be safe and keep my position. It’s been a really nice rally with very good organisation. I’m happy that I came. I had some really good days in Mongolia.”



Anton Shibalov:
“This is my first overall Silk Way victory and I’ll always remember this race. The race was always interesting. Every day there was something new to discover. Things have turned out great for us, but it was a tough battle as well. Anything could have happened in the dunes on these last two days.”



Andrey Karginov:
“I’m overwhelmed with emotion, everything went great. Excellent tracks, good organisation, new places and routes. The main thing is that Team Kamaz Master won. Our crews took all the prizes so the task is complete.”






Christine Fial

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