Dakar Day 9: SS8: 13 Miles to the Finish

“I started second, behind Ricky, my teammate. He was pushing super hard at the beginning. I was pushing hard too but didn’t catch him, I caught him maybe just a little bit before refueling. I think we rode at a very good speed today. There were no navigation mistakes. There were some tricky parts, but we found the way and didn’t make any mistakes and that’s where we gained a lot of time. On the second part, we switched a little bit for which one was opening, but it was a nice stage – pretty fast but in the end, some very nice landscapes: these huge rocky mountains are just amazing, so I’m happy to be riding here. With four days to go, the plan is the same as it is now: try to ride as fast as we can, don’t get lost, don’t crash and take care of the bike, so I think that if we keep the same focus that I’ve been bringing on this race or on this last couple of days, I can do pretty good. We’re very focused, but now is the time to rest and think about tomorrow’s stage.” Jose “Nacho” Ignacio Cornejo FLORIMO #4, MONSTER ENERGY HONDA