Kevin Benavides knocks off Toby Price to win his second Dakar on motorcycles

Starting 12 seconds behind before this final stage (136 km special between Al-Hofuf and Dammam in Saudi Arabia), Argentinian Kevin Benavides (KTM) managed to turn the tables on his teammate Toby Price to win the second Dakar of his career ( after 2021) to the end.

The winner of this final stage, the 34-year-old Argentine beat his teammate at KTM (3rd on the stage) to the wire and won his second Dakar after 2021 with a margin of just 43 seconds over Price.

A finale in apotheosis

The author of a Dakar that was up and down depending on his starting positions, Benavides finished the race at full speed by chaining two stage wins. If he had never pointed beyond fourth place overall since the start on December 31, the Argentine had only pointed once in the lead, on the evening of the tenth stage.

“This (Sunday) morning I had absolutely nothing on my mind, just to stay focused on each of the kilometers to cover, from zero to 136, he explained. It is incredible to manage to win at the end of this crazy Dakar and with such a small gap. I am also the first to win with two different motorcycle brands and that makes me very proud. ยป

Behind the two KTMs, Husqvarna rider Skyler Howes completed the podium, the American’s first at the Dakar in five outings. Adrien Van Beveren took fifth place for his first Dakar with Honda, just behind his teammate Pablo Quintanilla. In 2017 and last year, the Norwegian had failed at the foot of the podium with Yamaha.

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