Kevin Benavides, back in the race ...

The Salta and KTM, his team, decided to continue to Jeddah, re-engaging in stage 11.

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After dropping out on the tenth stage of the rally Dakar Rally, starting in Wadi Ad Dawasir and end in Bisha, the Argentinian Kevin Benavidez, from the official team KTM, decided to "re-engage" in stage 11, Bisha-Bisha, in search of the end in Jeddah.

Unlike the Dakar rally of yesteryear in which a dropout was a dropout, the current one allows drivers who drop out to take advantage of this type of modality. That is, they return to the competition, but without being taken into account in the general classification.

Kevin Benavidez
Photo: Red Bull Content Pool.

For newbies it is a good opportunity to add experience, but this chance is also enabled for the pilots called "elite", those who are professionals and belong to official structures, as happens with Benavides.

Having not finished the stage, the Salta suffered a 14 hour penalty, something that forced him to start the penultimate special of the test in the 33nd place.

Benavides, 2021 champion of the specialty with Honda, disputes his first Dakar for KTM, a brand with which he signed a few months after winning the title with the Japanese firm.

Until the ninth stage marched in fifth place 10 minutes behind the leader with good options to battle for victory. But nevertheless, the engine of his motorcycle left him lying at kilometer 130 of the special stage.

Reenlisting will allow Kevin add more kilometers on your new motorboat with the clear objective of taking revenge in the next edition of the mythical test, but also to help KTM fight for victory with its only winning card: the Austrian Matthias Walkner.

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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!, e-driver.com y kmcero.com and on the radios Rock pop y vorterix.com. He covered the Dakar rally for the German agency dpa. He is currently the director of the portals Automundo.com.ar y NationRPM.com, 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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