Kevin Benavides made history and became the first Argentine and South American racer to win a Dakar in the motorcycle category. The Honda dealer did not hide his tears after crossing the finish line in the final leg.
“It’s hard for me to talk but I’m very happy, it was really my dream and now I have managed to fulfill it. I have been looking for it for many years and very few people know what one has to go through and train, sacrifice and leave things to make it happen. “The Argentine said first.
When asked about this last stage, he said, “It was very difficult and I had to start opening the path, What’s more, I think it can get complicated. I focused a lot on doing it well and in the end I didn’t want to think about anything until I crossed the finish line. “
He added, “At km 14, as soon as we started, I had a problem with the waypoint and I thought I had lost a minute or two. Later, at km 50, the applicants made a mistake at a waypoint, tied the valley before and had to go to another valley and at that moment it was from It is very difficult to decide not to follow others’ path. I told myself this was a bug, I plugged a canyon later and there it started to open. At that time it was given 110%. “
When analyzing what this Dakar version was, Benavides said: “The race was like everyone saw it saw many ups and downs. There were days we went, and other days we went back. I made mistakes like everyone else,” I think it’s impossible to say you can do a perfect Dakar race, something can always happen. “
“I think the most important thing is to be able to have peace of mind, self-confidence, and mobility well, and that is the key especially in this version that without a doubt, and not because I won it, But it was the hardest since sailing and it was crazy day after day how everything changed. He wanted to make history, and he wanted to leave his name on top of Dakar. As a South American, he is also a pride and honor. It was my dream and I fulfilled it. “Salta continued.
In turn, Honda No. 47 driver highlighted the importance of supporting his family: “My family is essential to me. They really do everything for me, my brother is also very supportive, he couldn’t finish this race but this is for him too, He knows we make it together. Thanks to everyone who was by my side, they know what we do and what we struggle. “
Finally, it’s closed: “Being the first South American to win a Dakar on motorcycles has been my dream for many years, I have fought, fought every day for this moment and this incredible moment. Thank you to everyone who has given me strength and supported me during this time. ”