Kevin Benavides: "In the Dakar you never have to give up"

The Argentine started the second week of the race with everything and dreams of retaining the crown.

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The first week of the rally Dakar Rally it was not at all good for the Argentine Kevin Benavidez. The time he lost in the first stage due to a difficult-to-understand road book caused him to lag considerably behind in qualifying. In fact, he finished the first part of the demanding test that takes place in Saudi Arabia in 8th place more than 24 minutes behind the leader, English Sam sunderland (GasGas).

But the Dakar is the Dakar ... And those who fight for victory in each of their categories know that well. In the seventh stage, between Riyadh y Al-Dawadimi, with 402 km of special, shone like never before on the day of its 33rd birthday and with the second place he got behind the Chilean Nacho cornejo (Honda) is back in the fight.

Kevin Benavides Shakedown 2
In the preview of the start, Kevin received a greeting from his father Norberto for his 33rd birthday. Photo: @shakedownteam.

When the race still has five stages left, Benavides is third, 5m23s ahead of the French Adrien van beveren (Yamaha), new leader of the competition. In the middle of both, the Austrian Matthias walkner (KTM) 5m12s behind the Frenchman.

"Do not give up. That is the key here in the Dakar. You have to keep going, keep pushing… That is the most important thing because on the Dakar anything can happen. There are good days and there are bad days ... Days in which you have to open and others in which you have to leave behind ”, Benavides told autoworld upon reaching the Dawadimi bivouac.

“You have to be prepared for everything. That is a phrase we worked on a lot with my psychologist. Tomorrow we will be well focused on continuing to push ”, promised the Argentine who aspires to become the first driver in the history of the competition to achieve the crown with two different brands.

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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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