Kevin Benavides: "when the special ended the first thing I did was cry"

The 2021 Dakar champion confessed to Automundo after winning the penultimate stage of the race after re-engaging.

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A las 8.10 in the morning, almost 24 hours after having left the rally Dakar Rally due to an engine problem, the Salta Kevin Benavidez accelerated his KTM again to retrace the 346 km of the penultimate special of the competition with start and finish in the Arab city of Bisha. To the reengage The Salta player set himself a goal: to show himself that he was in a position to retain the title he achieved in 2021 with Honda.

Benavides, what was the 33rd to go to the stage timed, he beat the English by four seconds Sam sunderland (GasGas), nothing less than the leader of the race. “It is a happiness and at the same time a very great sadness. I won the most difficult stage because they are fighting the race, the same as me yesterday. That means it could be fighting for victory right now. But, unfortunately, the irons are ungrateful and a failure left me without any hope”, He acknowledged when he arrived at the camp.

Kevin Benavidez
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“Today I came out from behind to show myself that I can, that we have to overcome and that these things help us to prepare and follow the process to become champion again”, added the Argentine, who defected yesterday when he was fifth overall.

“It is not easy to face what has happened, it is not easy to turn something as ugly as yesterday, but I have been able to do it. For me it is a great victory and with this I can say that I have already closed this Dakar, despite the fact that tomorrow is the final stage in which I will go out to enjoy those kilometers ”, He added.

Consulted by autoworld on his face, since he was more sad than happy, he replied: "I'll be honest, when the special ended the first thing I did was cry. I got really excited. I was crying a lot on the way to the camp… I am happy, but not so much. I won the stage and it is something that only works for me. I would be happy if I would be fighting forward and tomorrow I would have to go out and defend myself… But I can't go out and defend this number 1, but it can show that it was possible ”.


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Diego durruty

Journalist with 32 years of experience. Worked in magazines STROKE, The graphic, teammate y Only TC, on the Internet sites SportsYa!, y and on the radios Rock pop y He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He is currently the director of the portals y, host the podcast motorbit and the magazine Two Daring Guys (Campeones Radio, Radio Arroba and Spotify). In addition, he is a columnist in WorldSport (AM 570) and teacher in SPORTS.

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