Pride brings Cornejo to the finish line, but he must leave as a precaution

The Chilean Nacho Cornejo, until this tenth day of the Dakar motorcycle leader with a comfortable advantage of 11’24 ”over Benavides, 14’34” over Sunderland and 17’26 ”over Brabec, he had to abandon the Dakar rally upon his arrival at the end of the special by medical prescription, according to just announced the organization.


“The decision to leave was made by mutual agreement with the medical team due to a risk of concussion, being preferable to undergo a medical examination. He has been evacuated to the Tabuk hospital ”, they announce in their note.

Cornejo, 26, fell at kilometer 252 of the 342 timed. Although he managed to recover from the accident and the special ended, when he reached the finish line the Chilean rider was not feeling well. But his pride has led him to travel those harrowing 90 kilometers that separated him while trying to maintain his leadership and fight to become the first South American motorcycle champion of the Dakar.

But his income was diluted at the finish line when he lost 17’42 ”with Brabec and both Benavides, the new leader, and Brabec surpassed him in the general classification and was 1’07” behind the new leader. But the blow to the head was too serious to go out to the link that still had ahead to complete the day and they have preferred to take him to the hospital to do the relevant tests.

Cornejo, fourth in 2020, his best result to date, achieved the stage victory in the eighth special stage and was also second in the fifth and seventh stages and third in the ninth, which led him to the lead. It is his second retirement, after 2016, his debut as a backpacker for the official HRC team.