N°47 Bike MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021
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KEVIN BENAVIDES

(arg) 1.72m / 73kg

Hobbies

Ciclismo, deportes acuáticos, autos

Sponsors

Monster Energy, HRC, Alpinestars, Oakley, USWE, Hotel Portezuelo

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

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

“I still dream of winning the Dakar”

Kevin Benavídes is a dedicated Argentinean enduro rider who burst onto the Dakar scene in 2016 with an impressive 4th place finish. His great debut was followed by a brilliant season during which he triumphed both at home and abroad. With only 15 days to go before the start of the 2017 Dakar, Kevin -already confirmed as an official Honda rider- broke his hand during a training session and could not take part in the rally. During the Dakar 2018 from Peru, to Argentina via Bolivia, Kevin was very much back on form. He fought neck and neck with the leading riders until he got lost on stage 10, giving up part of his chances of victory. Finishing second overall was both a reward and a challenge. During the 2018 season, he fought for the FIM Cross Country Rally World title, but crashes on the Desafío Ruta 40 and at the season finale in Morocco prevented him from winning the championship. On the 2020 Dakar, Kevin had incredible pace and even won a stage. But his Honda engine finally gave up with 44 km to go to the finish of the stage six. Stuck in the middle of the dunes, Benavides lost four hours before finally getting out. Then came the penalty for an engine change that dropped him in 19th place, while the team won the title thanks to Ricky Brabec. Honda’s victory -eight years after its return to the toughest rally in the world and more than 30 years after its last win- is great motivation for Kevin and reward for all the development carried out by the Japanese constructor. However, the team is not resting on its laurels, far from it. It is setting off again to validate the title obtained, with Kevin as one of its leading contenders. The Argentinian is in top physical shape, healed from his injuries and highly motivated after his victory in the most important race of the year, the Rally of Andalucía. His younger brother Luciano (25 years of age) will also ride for a factory team in his debut rally with Husqvarna.

K.B.: “2020 was a good Dakar for me. I did a good job; I won a stage and was on the podium three times. Then the engine broke and it took me four hours to get out of the desert before getting a 15-minute penalty. I wasn't able to fight for the overall win, it's true, but it was a good race in which I suffered a big setback. I like the Saudi desert because it is very diversified, very beautiful, very big and it enables us to have a good Dakar project in the future. This year was different for everyone. I was able to spend a lot of time with my family and friends and I never stopped training. The quarantine helped me to recover from my injuries and to continuously work on my conditioning.
We did several days of testing in California with the team. We are working a lot on the suspensions, but generally the bike is the same as last year. Honda's victory on the Dakar is added motivation to work and is a reward for the team's development and investment. On the one hand it relieves us of a lot of pressure but on the other hand we want to win it again. My personal goal is to try to have a very good race. I am in great shape and I will work 100% every day to achieve my dream of winning the Dakar.”

Vehicle

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021

  • Mark : HONDA
  • Model : CRF 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Monster Energy Honda Racing
  • Assistance : Monster Energy Honda Racing
  • Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites

Ranking 2021

Scratch Stage General
0 7 7 7
1 2 2 2
2 24 24 13
3 2 2 4
4 14 14 4
5 1 1 1
6 15 15 2
7 16 16 5
8 5 5 4
9 1 1 2
10 3 3 1
11 3 3 1
12 2 2 1

All news of K. Benavides

Reactions - 15/01 11:40 [GMT +3] - Moto

Kevin Benavides: “I've won the Dakar - I'm so, so happy!”

On his 5th participation, the Argentinean Honda rider has become the first South American to win the category on completion of a very eventful race.

“It was absolutely crazy. I started third and after fifty kilometres I was in front opening the stage. I feel that everything was complicated, because Ricky started to catch up with me. I started to push a lot, all day,...

Newsflashes - 15/01 10:06 [GMT +3] - Moto

The first one-two finish for Honda since 1987

Before today, it was as long ago as in 1987 when Honda last achieved a final one-two finish on the Dakar. That year, Cyril Neveu claimed the crown ahead of Edi Orioli. Franco Picco, who is still racing today, finished fourth. It is a historic Dakar for the constructor with the winged logo!

Newsflashes - 15/01 10:01 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides wins the 43rd Dakar

The last special has proved to be a formality for Kevin Benavides! The Argentinean, who had to open the way after overtaking Sam Sunderland, rode at a lightning pace until the finish in order to combat a charge from Ricky Brabec. The two team-mates have enabled Honda to take the top two places on the final podium!

Newsflashes - 15/01 09:34 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides closes in on the title

After overtaking Sam Sunderland, now Kevin Benavides is opening the way. Despite this difficult task, the Argentinean has managed to gain thirty seconds over Ricky Brabec with only 50 km left before the finishing line. The title is within the grasp of Benavides.

Reactions - 14/01 15:08 [GMT +3] - Moto

Kevin Benavides: “I think I did a nice job and tomorrow we will see”

The general standings leader will start the last stage finishing in Jeddah with a lead of 4’12’’ over Sam Sunderland and a more favourable position in the starting order.

“We did a really good job with Ricky. It was a really hard day, very long with plenty of navigation, a lot of sand and dunes. I opened for about two hundred kilometres, so I think...

Newsflashes - 14/01 14:15 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides and Brabec at the finishing line

Kevin Benavides and his team-mate Ricky Brabec have just completed the day’s special. The Argentinean has in creased his lead over his American rival in the general standings to 7 minutes. With one stage left before the finish in Jeddah, Brabec can still dream of the title, but Benavides is nonetheless in a more favourable position.

Newsflashes - 14/01 12:52 [GMT +3] - Moto

Still 6 minutes between Benavides and Brabec

With one hundred kilometres left until the finishing line, Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec are continuing to ride together and the gap separating them has hardly changed since the previous time check point. If the situation stays the same, Benavides will have done no harm to his chances the day before the rally ends…

Newsflashes - 13/01 10:27 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides slowly climbing back into contention

After losing almost five minutes at the second time check, Kevin Benavides is now 3'50" behind Ricky Brabec at km 162. Overall leader Nacho Cornejo is conceding just under a minute to his teammate. It's no holds barred in the Honda Clan!

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