▲Kevin Benavides (right) and Ricky Brabeck (left)
The 2021 Dakar Rally held in Saudi Arabia a few days ago finally completed the 12th phase of the event on January 15 (Friday). The CRF450 RALLY was riding in the wilderness and playing for Monster Energy Honda Team. Kevin Benavides, successfully won the championship in the motorcycle category.
In addition, last year’s (2020) champion Ricky Brabec ranked second in the overall ranking. This is also HONDA’s second consecutive victory after winning the championship in 1989 (1990-2012 did not participate), after many years (2020-2021) .
The 32-year-old Kevin Benavides is from Argentina. In 2016, he participated in the Dacala Rally for the first time as a driver of the Honda South America Rally Team and finished fourth. After that, he has joined the Monster Energy Honda Team to compete so far.
In this year’s (2021) Da Cala Rally, Kevin Benavides took the lead in the fifth stage. Although he was chased by other players, he returned to the leading position in the tenth stage and maintained the lead until all At the end of the stage, he successfully won the championship of this year’s motorcycle class.
※Because of injury, he missed the second place in 2017 and 2018, fifth in 2019, and 19th in 2020.
The Da Kala Rally started in 1979 and moved to Saudi Arabia since last year. This year (2021) enters the 43rd event. HONDA has participated in the motorcycle race known as “the cruelest in the world” since the 3rd Paris-Dakara Rally in 1981. The Dakara Rally held in Saudi Arabia this year needs to be run in 13 days. There are 12 stages with a total riding distance of more than 7000km, and nearly 75% of the race routes are conducted in the desert.
After HONDA won the championship with NXR750 in 1986, it won the championship until 1989 and achieved four consecutive championships. After 1990, it stopped participating in the competition. It was not until the 2013 Da Cala Rally held in South America that CRF450 RALLY was used as a competition. The car is back again. Although he won the overall second place in 2015 and 2018, he failed to win the championship and finally returned to the championship in the eighth year of the Da Cala Rally, which is 2020.
Interview with Kevin Benavides of Monster Energy Honda Team
The final stage of this year’s Da Cala Rally was very difficult because I started from third place, but after starting 50 kilometers, the leading driver lost his way on the track and I became the leading driver. From then on, I started to stabilize before trembling. Line until you pass the finish line.
No matter how hard the process is, I feel that my dream has come true! Anyway, I am very happy. When I crossed the finish line, I felt and thought about various things. It felt like I was crossing the finish line with my late teammate Paul Gonzalves. It was an infinitely beautiful moment, and that moment was full The joy of being alive.
I want to thank everyone in the team for their outstanding performance in this year’s difficult situation. I also want to thank HONDA for preparing an excellent machine that allows me to realize my dream.
Interview with HRC President Shinzi Nomura
First of all, congratulations to Kevin Benavides for his victory. In addition, I would also like to thank players such as Ricky Brabeck, Jose Ignacio Cornejo and Joan Barreda for their hard work for HONDA to complete such a difficult event.
Not only that, but I also want to thank all the members of the team and the R&D team for their hard work, so that the participating cars can still perform well in such a difficult environment, so that all the players of the Monster Energy Honda Team can achieve outstanding results.
Finally, we would also like to thank all the sponsors and fans who supported Monster Energy Honda Team, and hope to share with you the joy of our victory.
Kevin Benavides profile
Birthday: January 9, 1989 (32 years old)
Place of birth: Argentina
Main results of Da Cala Rally
|2016||4th overall (1st stage victory)|
|2018||2nd overall (1st stage victory)|
|2020||19th overall (1st stage victory)|
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