N°7 Bike MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020
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KEVIN BENAVIDES

(arg) 1.72m / 73kg

Hobbies

Ciclismo, deportes acuáticos, autos

Sponsors

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

2019: Moto/ 5º
2018: Moto/ 2°
2016: Moto/ 4°

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 am training to win and will give it my best”

Argentina’s Kevin Benavides dedicated his career to enduro competition before he made a remarkable debut on the Dakar in 2016 with a head-turning fourth place result, and has yet to finish outside the Top 5 since. His debut was followed by an outstanding season in which he won at home in Argentina and abroad. But just two weeks prior to the start of the 2017 edition, Kevin -who was now a member of the Honda works team – broke his hand during a testing session which forced him to forfeit. During edition 40, Benavides returned to form and was battling hammer and tong with the leaders just until he got lost on stage 10, which cost him a shot at the win. Second place was both a well-earned honor but also gave him challenge for the future. In 2018 he battled for the FIM World Cross-Country Championship, but a fall on the Desafio Ruta 40 and another on the final stage in Morocco saw his title hopes fizzle. On the 2019 Dakar, Kevin was hit with a hefty three-hour penalty, three stages from the finish, for having written information on his bike that wasn’t included in the road book. This severely affected his position in the GC and an engine penalty came with a sanction of its own. Kevin went to finish 12th, but two months later he was moved up to 5th place. The native of Salta finished third in the 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship with no falls, injuries or mechanical problems. Excited by the surprise factor that the new Dakar presents, Kevin has been intensely preparing. He wants to recapture the joy of riding and to try to win by giving it all he has. The factory Honda rider and little brother Luciano, who rides for the oficial KTM squad, will be Argentina’s best bets in the bike category.

K.B: “The 2019 Dakar was good. Not as good as 2018, but good. However, the penalty took me by surprise with just 3 days left. I finished 5th and with the penalty I was dropped to 12th. I also had to change the engine. If not for the change, I would have finished 15 minutes behind the leader, which would’ve been better. I got my result back two months later…This year has been difficult for me. I injured my shoulder in Abu Dhabi. I got a good result on the Silk Way Rally, then fell again in Chile. In Morocco, there were some issues with the bike. in the end it was a mixed year. There some highs and lows with the mechanical problems and falls. This Dakar will be totally new for everyone and a real adventure. What is nice is the unexpected. We don’t know a thing about it. The chances that anything can happen increase. The terrain is the real deal and it will for sure create surprises, but it is the same for everyone. For this Dakar, I want to have fun on the bike and feel good physically. What am I aiming for? I want to win and ready to do my very best.”

Vehicle

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2020

  • 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 2020

Scratch Stage General
1 4 4 4
2 4 4 3
3 3 3 2
4 2 2 2
5 9 9 3
6 101 104 28
7 1 1 26
8 - - 26
9 6 6 24
10 3 3 22
11 9 9 19
12 6 6 19

All news of K. Benavides

Newsflashes - 17/01 08:03 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides screeches to a halt

Kevin Benavides has come to a stop 19 km into the special, probably to wait for Ricky Brabec and ensure that his teammate finishes the stage without a hitch to win his first Dakar.

Reactions - 14/01 14:58 [GMT +3] - Moto

Kevin Benavides: “I had to keep my concentration all the time”

The Argentinean rider set out alone to open the way and still managed to post the sixth best time on the special.

“Today was a difficult stage, to restart the race after the tragedy with Paulo. But anyway, I focused a lot on the start. The stage was really dangerous at the beginning and then it was faster, so I had to keep my concentration all...

Newsflashes - 14/01 10:43 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides reaches the neutralised section

Kevin Benavides is the first rider to reach the 34-km long neutralised section of the stage, after 156 km of the special. He is keeping pace with Joan Barreda and Matthias Walkner who set off after him this morning.

Newsflashes - 14/01 09:01 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides opens the way

Kevin Benavides was the first to start the day’s special after completing the 450 km of the link stage this morning. The Argentinean rider set off 3 minutes ahead of Joan Barreda who was in turn followed 3 minutes later by Matthias Walkner.

Newsflashes - 12/01 15:20 [GMT +3] - Moto

Kevin Benavides declared the winner

Kevin Benavides bounced back from the hellish experience of stage 6, when he lost his engine and waved goodbye to his overall prospects, by taking his first stage win since the start of the rally. The Argentinian was deducted the time spent trying to help Paulo Gonçalves, putting him 1'23" ahead of Joan Barreda in the stage classification.

 

Newsflashes - 12/01 12:58 [GMT +3] - Moto

Kevin Benavides done for today

Kevin Benavides has wrapped up today's special 6'35" behind teammate Joan Barreda. Give or take a few seconds, this is the same time the Argentinian biker spent trying to help Paulo Gonçalves, so it will be deducted from his time this evening. As a result, the stage win is still up in the air.

 

Newsflashes - 12/01 09:42 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides still in the lead

Kevin Benavides remains in control at km 214. The HRC biker has even expanded his margin over Joan Barreda to 55 seconds. Toby Price is 2'26" back, while Paulo Gonçalves is a solid fourth.

 

Newsflashes - 12/01 09:20 [GMT +3] - Moto

Benavides clinging on by a second!

Argentina's Kevin Benavides is still in the lead after 161 km, but the gap has dwindled to just a second over teammate Joan Barreda! Meanwhile, Toby Price is 1'19" back.

 

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