LUCIANO BENAVIDES(arg) 1.71m / 70kg
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2020: Motos/ 6º
2019: Motos/ 9º
2018: Motos/ Abandono en la etapa 10
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.
“I'm aiming for the top 5”
Luciano Benavides arrives with excellent news for his fourth Dakar. The boy, who dreamed of one day becoming a champion by sleeping with a toy motorbike, has just taken another important step in his career by signing a contract with the Husqvarna team. He will join Chilean Pablo Quintanilla and Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait. 25-year-old Luciano, is the youngest of the talented Benavides brothers. He discovered the Dakar at the age of 13 when he went to watch the rally at Fiambala, never imagining that a decade later he would be one of the protagonists. His Dakar debut in 2018 between Lima (Peru) and Córdoba (Argentina), ended in retirement, after a spectacular crash in the Salta Belén stage, when he was 15th overall. During the Peruvian Dakar in 2019, he entered the top 10, finishing 9th overall, prior to finishing 6th on the 2020 Dakar in Saudi Arabia, with the honour of highest finishing Argentinean, right behind 5th place Matthias Walkner. The rider from Salta assures that his time in the official Husqvarna team has been nothing but positive. Luciano now feels more like a leader within the team, alongside Pablo Quintanilla, compared to his stint with KTM, where - as he himself says - "he was the junior" among his teammates who had already experienced the glory of winning a Dakar. After testing in Dubai in November, Luciano was optimistic about the reliability of the bike and highlighted the work done by the team on the engine and suspension. Prudent and measured, he admits that finishing a Dakar has helped him a lot to become a more mature rider and that the objective in 2021 is to finish in the top five, so that in the future he will be ready to win it.
L.B.: “The last Dakar was really my best Dakar so far. I finished 6th, I was the top Argentinean and it gave me a lot of confidence. I also finished very close to the 5th and 4th place riders. It was decided on the final day, so it went very well for me. The move to Husqvarna is nothing but positive because with Pablo Quintanilla, I feel that I am a little more of a leader in the team. Even though with KTM we are part of the same company, Husqvarna has never won the Dakar and it's as if there is additional motivation to win and improve. I get along very well with Pablo, the mechanics and with the team boss Pela Renet. I get along very well with everyone. The truth is that this is an incredible group. At KTM, I always felt like I was “the junior” because the three other riders had already won the Dakar.
The Husqvarna is a very reliable bike with a good engine. Every day we improve the suspension and it could be seen in testing. The objective for 2021? Well, if I have to put in numbers, it is hard. My main goal is to finish because the Dakar offers experience that at my age is what I need the most, more so than a result. When it is all said and done, what counts, is the maturity that these years now will give me to fight for the win in the future. The objective is to continue to improve and to aim for a top five finish would be a very good thing.”
ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING
- Mark : HUSQVARNA
- Model : 450 RALLY
- Performance tuner : Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
- Assistance : Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing
- Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites
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