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Dakar winner Kevin Benavides ends contract with Honda and does not close doors

Kevin Benavides became the first Argentine rider to win the Dakar in the motorcycle category after posting a magnificent performance in the 43rd edition of the rally. After twelve stages at agonizing moments, the ‘motard’ conquered the long-awaited ‘Touareg’. A milestone that took place just ten days ago, but in no way slows down the Argentine reality. And it is that beyond the deserved rest of the champion, Benavides must decide what to do with his future as his contract with Honda expires in March and is free to trade with any brand. Although logic indicates that it will continue with the Japanese manufacturer, Kevin doesn’t rule out any option.

In fact, Kevin Benavides has opened the doors to negotiate with other manufacturers during an interview conducted in an Argentine media: «My contract ends now in March, so this is a good time to think things over. Honda of course wants me to continue with them next year, so it’s going to be a good time to sit down and negotiate and take advantage of it. There are other teams who also want me to be with them. Honda wants to want me to renew with them before the Dakar, but I made the decision to run without pressure and then sit down to decide, with the risk that it could go wrong.

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KTM’s shadow is elongated and the Austrian firm’s option can be just as attractive. Beyond the manufacturer of Mattighofen the options are reduced since the level of performance of Yamaha, Sherco or Husqvarna is not at the height of the two great giants of the Dakar. However, Luciano Benavides’ variable may have its weight, since the option to compete together in the Dakar and in the World Cross-Country is there. In this aspect, It should be remembered that Luciano was an official KTM rider in 2020, while in this last Dakar he has competed under the colors of Husqvarna, a subsidiary brand of the Austrian house.