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(arg) 1.71m / 74kg




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2022: Motos/ 13º
2021: Motos/ Abandono etapa 9
2020: Motos/ 6º
2019: Motos/ 9º
2018: Motos/ Abandono en la etapa 10.

2022: Abu Dhabi ( 9º) / Rallye du Maroc ( 2º) / Andalucía Rally ( 3º) / W2RC (4e) / Atacama Rally (2º)
2021: 6º en el Rally de Kazajistán / 7º en el Silkway Rally / 6º en el Rally de Marruecos.
2020: Abandono en el Rally Andalucía.
2019: 4º en el Campeonato FIM Rallies Cross Country: 2º en Abu Dhabi, 5º en Silk Way; 10º en Atacama Rally y 6º en Marruecos. Campeón FIM Junior de Rallies Cross Country.
2018: 6° en el Rally Desafío Ruta 40; 12° en la general y 2° en la división Junior del Rally de Marruecos; 13° en el Desafío Inca en Perú.
2017: 2° en la categoría Junior y 17° en la general del Rally de Marruecos, abandonó en el Desafío Ruta 40 Norte.
2016: Campeón Argentino de Enduro, categoría Senior con KTM de Argentina, 2° en el Full Gas Sprint Enduro de Estados Unidos, Medalla de Oro en los Six Days de España.
2015: Campeón Argentino de Enduro, categoría Seniors con KTM de Argentina.


“Win it, obviously”

Maturity is the name of the game. At 27 years of age, Luciano Benavides is sure to have reached it after this first world rally-raid championship, consolidated in the Husqvarna Factory Racing team that seems to be stronger than ever. Last January - after losing almost an hour on the opening stage - he felt he had ridden his best Dakar, with his worst result, P13. In Abu Dhabi, he won his first stage victory in a world championship, something he had been targeting for a long time and which he finally did. Even with that win, the 9th place finish was not brilliant due to some mistakes in opening the stage for three days. However, that was the turning point of the race. It marked a change in his performance and confidence in his decision-making. Then came the 1-2 for the "Husqy" team in Morocco behind his teammate Skyler Howes and the podium in Andalusia, to which must be added, the Atacama Rally podium. Such a boost gives him enormous confidence to tackle the next Dakar with a bike that gives him total security, which was tested extensively last November in training sessions in the United States. How did the youngest of the Benavides brothers begin his association with the big race? Luciano first encountered the Dakar at 13 years of age, when he went to see the caravan pass through Fiambalá in northern Argentina, never imagining he would be on the start line a decade later. His debut on the 2018 Dakar ended in retirement after a hard fall on the Salta-Belén stage when he was 15th in the general classification. In the 2019 Peruvian Dakar, he made it into the top ten by finishing 9th. In 2020 in Saudi Arabia, he obtained his best result: a remarkable 6th place, being the best Argentinean of the event. He had just transferred from the KTM team to Husqvarna for the 2021 Dakar. A fall on stage nine, when he was 10th overalls, severely injured his shoulder and led to his retirement. The victory of his brother Kevin turned that disappointment into a massive family joy. Coming back to the present, Luciano Benavides sees himself as a different rider. With a different maturity. He heads to the Dakar, expected to be "the hardest" at his best and that of Husqvarna. His dream, he admits, "is to be on the podium of the Dakar and to win it, but everything takes time". Luciano is out to prove that time has come.

L.B.: “I started the 2022 Dakar with a problem on day one that cost me an hour, which was a tough mental blow because I had to race knowing that I had no chance. I was satisfied with my pace and riding but not with the result. Abu Dhabi was all-important for me. I won my first stage in a world championship rally, finished second in the next one and opened stage three. It was a turning point in my performance and my confidence. Then came the highlights of the year in Morocco and Andalusia. If I add Atacama Rally, it was three podiums in a row. There I felt like a different rider with a different level of maturity. It was a process that started in the Dakar, and in these rallies, I put it into practice. I won another stage in Morocco, finished second in the rally, and opened stages for many kilometres”.
“In addition to this personal change for me, there was also a big improvement and evolution in the bike. For the new Dakar bike, the team worked a lot on the chassis, the engine, the torque, the suspension and the setting. It's a bike that suits my riding, weight, and height. I am confident on this bike in the desert for the first time. I like that it will be a tougher Dakar with more navigation. Hopefully, there will be a lot of variation in terrain. Objective? My dream is to be on the podium and win it, obviously. That's what I work for every day, but I know that everything takes time and maturity. I'm working every day to achieve the result.”




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Ranking 2023

All news of L. Benavides

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

Luciano Benavides: “I don’t want to think about the final result too much”

 Luciano Benavides, a three times winner in this edition of the Dakar, was the first rider to start, but finished 12th on the day’s special, conceding 4’20’’ to the day’s winner despite acquiring 3 minutes of bonuses. In the general rankings, the Argentinean remains in 6th, behind the Hondas of Pablo Quintanilla and Adrien Van Beveren.


Newsflashes - 13/01 07:38 [GMT +3] - Bike

Benavides already distanced

 At the first timing point (after 42 km), Luciano Benavides, who opened the way today, as already conceded 2’30’’ to Toby Price, who has posted the best provisional time. Even though he has acquired a minute’s bonus, the Argentinean is still distanced. In virtual terms, Daniel Sanders leads the dance for the moment. Trailing Toby Price...

Summary - 12/01 18:00 [GMT +3]

Dakar 2023 - Stage 11 | On a comeback mission

The much-awaited day of the plunge into the Empty Quarter has arrived. After running along the border with the United Arab Emirates yesterday, today it was the turn of the Sultanate of Oman from where the riders, drivers and crews found themselves a stone’s throw away on their way to the marathon camp, a bivouac without the assistance teams. In this immense...

Reactions - 12/01 13:04 [GMT +3] - Bike

Luciano Benavides: “If I’ve won my third stage it will be incredible”

 With his third stage victory on this Dakar, Luciano Benavides is the rider with the most impressive roll of honour since the start of the rally. Tomorrow, he will open the way, a position he is unafraid of, with confidence gain from the other two days when he already led out the bikers in first position on the special.

 “Today was...

Newsflashes - 12/01 10:57 [GMT +3] - Bike

Luciano Benavides wins, Howes leads the rally again

This is the third time that the two HVA riders Luciano Benavides and Skyler Howes have achieved the feat! The Argentinean has won his 3rd special on the Dakar while his American team-mate has regained control of the general rankings, making it his 6th day on at the summit of the Dakar 2023. Daniel Sanders finishes with the second best time of the day, 1'38’’ behind...

Reactions - 11/01 14:18 [GMT +3] - Bike

Luciano Benavides: "I hope not to start too far ahead tomorrow"

Yesterday's winner opened the road on the dunes today. The HVA works rider finished 13th overall at over 4 minutes, helped by the time bonuses. Sitting eighth overall at more than 20 minutes down, he has a decent hand to play tomorrow as he starts in the second group.


"It was difficult to find the right track to go fast today. It was...

Newsflashes - 11/01 09:49 [GMT +3] - Bike

Luciano first on the road

Luciano Benavides picked up his second stage win between Riyadh and Haradh yesterday, pushing him up to eighth place overall. The Husqvarna biker, sitting about 20 minutes behind Skyler Howes and Toby Price, is still in the mix for the final podium and will get the action going today.

Summary - 10/01 17:07 [GMT +3]

Dakar 2023 - Stage 9 | Barreda goes, Loeb comes back


The day that racing resumed also coincided with a new geographical direction. The Dakar competitors are set to tackle the southeast quarter of Saudi Arabia, with the dunes of the Empty Quarter in their sights, which are likely to be determining in the outcome of the 2023 edition. In the meantime, the riders, drivers and crews had not totally left behind them the...

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