The official team Honda confirmed that the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla will replace the salteño Kevin Benavides, who after winning the past Dakar Rally decided to continue his sports campaign in cross country with KTM.
Quintanilla, two times world champion of the specialty together with Husqvarna, will form a team with his compatriot Nacho cornejo, the American Ricky brabec and Spanish Joan Barreda Bort.
“I am very happy and motivated to be able to join the Honda team, a team that has shown great development and enormous professionalism in recent years. My intention is to be able to capture my knowledge and contribute my experience to be able to seek the best results ", said the trans-Andean.
"I want to thank the opportunity and I am sure that together we will do a great job", added Quintanilla, who will debut at the Andalusia Rally, which will take place from May 13 to 16.
“The last few years we have had a great team, with drivers to win the race. We have shown it: in 2020 Ricky won and in 2021 Kevin, but Nacho was a good leader and Joan was also in front. Benavides left the team after winning the Dakar, so we had to look for a leading rider to maintain the high level of the Monster Energy Honda Team "Said Ruben faria, responsible for the team.
“This is what we have done and that is why I am very happy to have Pablo Quintanilla among us. I know Pablo from when I was a pilot. Besides being a good person, I know that he will be a very strong element that will reinforce the great atmosphere of the team ", Agregó.