El FIM Cross Country Rally World Championship will dispute his second date in the Silk way rally, which will take place in Russia, Mongolia y China between July 7 and 16. There will be present the Benavides brothers, who aspire to be protagonists in a race that for the first time will include the motorcycle category. Kevin appears as the spearhead of the Monster Energy Honda Team; while Luciano seeks to establish himself in the Red Bull KTM Factory Team.
“There was a lot of talk about this race. There is great anticipation for the Silk Way Rally. There is a lot of diffusion due to the commitment of several countries and, surely, tomorrow may have a similar importance to the Dakar. Motorcycles are going for the first time so it is very attractive "Kevin analyzed.
The competition will have 10 stages, periods that can only be compared to a Dakar race and the oldest of the Benavides knows it. “It is a test similar to a Dakar and that is why I maintain that it can be very important… In Russia there will be mud, wet terrain. Mongolia will have a surface similar to Argentina, with vegetation and the roads will be fast. Then we will enter the China stage with sands and dunes at the end of the race in the Gobi desert. It will be a very demanding competition, with very long and exhausting links ”.
After the second place obtained in Abu Dhabi, on the opening date of the World Championship, Luciano is also looking forward to the Silk Way Rally. “It will be a race as tough as a Dakar. Added to the harshness of its route is that I will not have a motorhome and I will have to rest in a tent, but we will have to adapt. My personal goal is to finish. I will go from less to more and I will go out to press when I really feel more comfortable "he admitted.
At the age of 24, the youngest of the brothers said that he is living an unbeatable present, having finished among the best nine drivers in the Dakar Rally and his first podium on the first date of the World Championship. “I earned a place in KTM because I improved my mental strength a lot. Also, I feel faster and have better navigation. At this time I realized that I was sailing well and today I feel better than ever ”.
In addition to Kevin and Luciano Benavides, Argentina will also be represented by the Mendoza Franco Caimi, who runs for the official team Yamaha .