In a month the salteño Kevin Benavidez will start his sixth rally Dakar Rally. This new excursion to Saudi Arabia It will not be one more for the Argentine since he will have on his motorcycle the number “1” that identifies the champion. In addition, the defense of the crown will be with the official team KTM after his separation from Honda, brand with which he conquered the scepter last January.
“The big race is just around the corner; it's amazing how fast this year has gone. I really want to face this new challenge and to race the Dakar with KTM ”, Kevin explained.
“The year has been hard for me, shortly after joining the team I injured my shoulder in a fall in training and that forced me to go three months without driving just at the moment when I needed to train as much as possible. After that, the testing and training program has been intense ”, He added.
After his recovery, Benavides carried out tests in United States to test the new KTM 450 Rally and then he traveled to North Africa to run the Rally of Morocco. “The goal was to keep moving forward with the bike and really get to know the team in a racing environment. Everything went very well, and I am very satisfied with the steps we have taken ”, added the Argentine.
Despite being in a new team, his rich history that includes 18 wins They allow the Argentine to be optimistic and that is why he sets himself the goal of achieving a new victory. “I will be ready to defend my Dakar title. It is always difficult to plan a fixed strategy, but once the first week is over, if all is well after the rest day, I will try to do my best to get my second consecutive victories ”, Banvides explained that if he achieved the feat he would be the first driver to prevail in this rally with two different brands.
The KTM trident is completed by the Australian Toby Price, winner of the test in 2016 and 2019; and the austrian Matthias walkner, which won the test in 2018.