N°1 Bike RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING
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KEVIN BENAVIDES

(arg) 1.72m / 73kg

Hobbies

Ciclismo, deportes acuáticos, autos

2021: Motos/ 1º (2 victorias de etapa)
2020: Motos/ 19º (1 victoria de etapa)
2019: Moto/ 5º
2018: Moto/ 2° (1 victoria de etapa)
2016: Moto/ 4° (1 victoria de etapa)

2021: 7º en la categoría Motos del Rally de Marruecos.
2020: 1º en la categoría Motos del Rally Andalucía.
2019: 3º en la categoría Motos del Campeonato Mundial FIM de Rally Cross Country: 4° en el Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, 4° en el Silk Way Rally, 5° en el Atacama Rally, 10° en el Rally de Marruecos.
2018: 6º en la categoría Motos del Campeonato Mundial FIM de Rally Cross Country: 3° en el Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, 5° en el Rally de Doha en Qatar, 1° en el Rally de Atacama en Chile y abandonó en el Rally Desafío Ruta 40 y en el Rally de Marruecos; 2° en el Merzouga Rally de Marruecos.
2017: Subcampeón de la categoría Motos del Campeonato Mundial FIM de Cross Country, Campeón de la categoría Motos en el Campeonato Argentino de Cross Country. Campeón de la categoría Motos del Campeonato Latinoamericano de Cross Country; 1° en la categoría Motos del Desafío Ruta 40 Norte, 1° en la categoría motos en el Rally de Atacama, Chile, 2° en la categoría Motos en el Rally de Marruecos.
2016: Campeón de la categoría Motos en el Campeonato Argentino de Cross Country, ganador de la categoría Motos en el Rally de Merzouga, 1º en la categoría Motos del Desafío Ruta 40; compitió en el Rally de Marruecos.
2015: 4° en la categoría Motos en el Rally de Marruecos; 1° en el Dakar Series Desafío Guaraní, 3° en el Red Bull Camino de la Independencia, Colombia; compitió en fechas del CARCC y del CA NAV.
2014: Campeón Latinoamericano de Enduro, categoría E3, 7° en el Campeonato GNCC de Estados Unidos, Campeón Argentino de Motociclismo de Enduro. 5° en la categoría E3 y 20° en la clasificación general del ISDE FIM, disputado en San Juan, Argentina. Medalla de Oro.
2013: 20° en la Categoría E2 en el ISDE FIM de Cerdeña; Campeón Latinoamericano en la categoría absoluta y en la E2. Ganador del Rally Transmontaña; Campeón Argentino de Enduro. Integrante del equipo Farioli en el Campeonato Mundial de Enduro, 10° en el GP de Chile en la Categoría E2, 10° en el GP de Argentina en la Categoría E2, 12° en el Gran Premio de Rumania, en la categoría E2, 8° en el GP de Grecia, en la Categoría E2.

Interview

“Every time I think about it, I get goosebumps”

Kevin Benavides experienced the most exciting moment of his life on the last Dakar when he won the motorcycle category. He was in seventh heaven, having made his racing dream come true. A dream that began to take shape from the very moment he made his dazzling debut on the 2016 Dakar when he scored a stage win on day three and finished the rally in an astonishing 4th place. His impressive debut was followed by a brilliant season with victories at home in Argentina and abroad. Kevin was a no-show for the 2017 Dakar after breaking his hand during a training session a fortnight before the start of the rally. On the 2018 Dakar, Kevin came back to show just how good he is. He fought neck and neck with the leaders until he got lost on stage 10, partially giving up his chances of victory. Second place was both a bonus and a challenge. On the Peruvian Dakar, Kevin suffered received a harsh three-hour penalty with three stages to go. That circumstance affected his performance, and, this coupled with an engine change, left him in 12th place. Two months later, he was reclassified in P5. On the 2020 Dakar, Kevin showed outstanding pace, even managing a stage victory, but on day six his Honda engine failed 44 km from the finish. He was stranded in the dunes and lost four hours. Then came an engine change penalty that relegated him to19th place as Ricky Brabec scored the win for the team. Honda's win was a tremendous motivation for Kevin in 2021. He recovered from his injuries and went out for a very tough race, which was decided on the last stage, battling against Brabec and Sunderland. In the last kilometre of the special, he knew he had won. In April, the Dakar champion sealed his move from Honda to KTM with the challenge of adapting to a new bike and a new team. He also had to deal with injuries and underwent surgery that kept him out of several races during the season. Instead, there was intense training, with more than 4,000 km of testing in the USA before making his debut on the new bike on the Morocco Rally.

K.B: “The 2021 Dakar was incredibly difficult. In week one, whoever won a stage, opened the special the next day and lost 25 minutes, which had to be made up the day after that. There were a lot of ups and downs. I think I won because I was able to keep my cool. It went all the way to the end. I won the penultimate day, and we went to the finish in a crazy final stage. I started 3rd behind Brabec and Sunderland. The three of us were very close on the times, and we all had a chance. After 50 km, they got lost, and I rode by myself on the remaining 150 km when I didn't think I would have to do it. It was an amazing race. I rode at 110%, and in the last kilometre, I knew I had won.”
“That moment was the greatest moment of my life. It was an incredible, indescribable feeling of happiness: to have achieved the dream I chased after my entire career. I cried, I screamed, I celebrated, and every time I think about it, I get goosebumps. My life changed after winning the Dakar because I felt inside that I achieved the goal I wanted so much, but I'm still the same person I've always been, working on my future goals”.
“The switch to KTM was very important. Although I felt at ease at Honda, and I thank them for the opportunities they have given me, I changed for a question of objectives. I have been given the chance to be a factory rider for the top two constructors in rally-raid. I have set myself the goal of winning another Dakar with a different team, something that no one has done yet”.

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RED BULL KTM FACTORY RACING

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Ranking 2022

All news of K. Benavides

Newsflashes - 13/01 08:59 [GMT +3] - Bike

Kevin Benavides out to help Walkner

Kevin Benavides has resumed the race this morning by virtue of the new rules for the FIM W2RC, of which the Dakar is the first leg. Faced with a possible exit from the rally, the Argentinean has returned to take starter’s orders as the 39th rider to begin the special. He is currently 10 km behind Matthias Walkner. The title holder should be riding to help his team-mate...

Reactions - 11/01 13:03 [GMT +3] - Bike

Kevin Benavides: “Ten minutes is nothing”

The title holder regained ground today and occupies 5th place in the general rankings, 10’22’’ behind the leader.

“I felt good. It was a nice stage and very fast. Really fast and shorter than normal stages. So, I pushed all day. I think I did a good job. Today, I think the navigation was a little easier. It was fast, but I enjoyed...

Newsflashes - 11/01 09:05 [GMT +3] - Bike

Kevin Benavides in the hunt, VBA well placed

Nacho Cornejo has achieved the best time after 40 km with 13 bikers having reached this point. He was the 15th rider to start and is in a decent position. As expected, Kevin Benavides, the 13th rider to start, has also posted a good time, 10’’ behind the stage leader. The ninth rider to start, Adrien Van Beveren, is 17’’ of the stage lead and Joan Barreda,...

Reactions - 10/01 13:17 [GMT +3] - Bike

Kevin Benavides: “I still believe”

The title holder lost 36 minutes on the second special this year, but his work is starting to pay off: he now occupies sixth place, 14 minutes behind the general rankings leader Sam Sunderland.

“It was a really good day for me. I pushed a lot. Also, Nacho Cornejo did a really good job. I had a problem with my fuel pump, so I had to pass the fuel...

Newsflashes - 09/01 11:13 [GMT +3] - Bike

The big kahunas

The first bikers have reached CP3, 220 kilometres into the race. Kevin Benavides put 24″ into Brabec, 43″, 1′57″ into his brother, 1′32″ into Walkner and 1′57″ into Barreda. Sunderland, who started the special in the overall lead, is 4′40″ down in thirteenth place. The last three Dakar champions are in the lead....

Reactions - 07/01 15:31 [GMT +3] - Bike

Kevin Benavides: “The first day was really bad for me”

8th in the general rankings this morning, 23 minutes behind the leader, the title holder gave the following analysis of the first week.

“Today for stage six they cut the stage because it was really, really dangerous. I think it was a really smart decision from the organisers because it was really, really bad after the cars and trucks the day...

Reactions - 04/01 11:23 [GMT +3] - Bike

Kevin Benavides: “Finally, I think I’m in the game”

The winner of the Dakar in 2021 started the rally by losing time on the first stage but has progressively regained time since then to close in on the top of the leader board.

“Today was a really nice stage, really fast. I started in third position, so I pushed a lot at the beginning, then after refuelling I caught the guys in front. There were...

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