The Argentine dream is over: Kevin Benavides and Pablo Copetti left

During the tenth stage of the Dakar the compatriots deserted due to mechanical problems in their vehicles.

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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.

Kevin Benavidez
Photo: @shakedownteam.

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.

 

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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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