The dream of the Argentines Kevin Benavidez y Paul Copetti to win the rally Dakar Rally in their respective categories came to an end during the tenth stage of the competition that was played between Wadi Ad Dawasir y Bisha, in the central area of Saudi Arabia.
Benavides, 2021 champion of the test in the motorcycle category, started the selective in fifth place in the general classification, 10 minutes behind the leader of the competition, his Austrian partner Matthias walkner.
At kilometer 133 of today's special, Benavides was stopped for several minutes due to a failure in the engine of his official KTM.
After hearing the news of the Salta's desertion, Porco was left out of the race due to another mechanical problem, was Copetti, who was fighting for victory in the quadricycle category.
At the time of desertion, the pilot based in the United States was in second place behind the French Alexandre giraud, leader of the test.
In this way, Argentina's chances of achieving victories are fading. The abandonments of Benavides and Copetti are added to those of Manuel Andujar, champion in quads in 2021.