2021 Honda Enduro Exterior.
Honda addition Benavides isn’t the aboriginal being from Argentina to win the Dakar – that honour went to Marcos Patronelli, who triumphed in the quads chic in 2010. But the 32-year-old from Salta is the aboriginal to do so in arguably the best aggressive chic of all, motorcycles.
Despite accepting been a approved frontrunner back his 2016 debut, Benavides isn’t necessarily a domiciliary name for Dakar fans. But the calibration of his achievement, arch a aboriginal Honda one-two back 1987 advanced of aftermost year’s best Ricky Brabec, isn’t to be underestimated.
Kevin Benavides Dakar 2021
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His career began back he was aloof four years old, as his ancestor Norberto accomplished him to ride a motorbike. Back then, “passion, assurance and perseverance” accept been the watch words for Benavides’ career, according to his father, who batten alone to Motorsport.com.
Originally an enduro addition in Argentina, Benavides would not accomplish the move to Europe until he becoming a amount in Business Administration at the age of 21 – a key action his ancestor placed on him in adjustment to accompany his dream on two wheels.
“If there is one affair I accept to accent about Kevin, it is his alertness to do things, and to do them well,” says Norberto. “He capital to go to Spain and abroad back he was 20 years old, but I told him to accomplishment his university amount first.”
After finishing fourth in the Junior Enduro Apple Championship in 2012, article aberrant for a Latin American, in 2015 Benavides absitively to accomplish the jump to the rallies and with