Before today, it was as long ago as in 1987 when Honda last achieved a final one-two finish on the Dakar. That year, Cyril Neveu claimed the crown ahead of Edi Orioli. Franco Picco, who is still racing today, finished fourth. It is a historic Dakar for the constructor with the winged logo!
The last special has proved to be a formality for Kevin Benavides! The Argentinean, who had to open the way after overtaking Sam Sunderland, rode at a lightning pace until the finish in order to combat a charge from Ricky Brabec. The two team-mates have enabled Honda to take the top two places on the final podium!
After overtaking Sam Sunderland, now Kevin Benavides is opening the way. Despite this difficult task, the Argentinean has managed to gain thirty seconds over Ricky Brabec with only 50 km left before the finishing line. The title is within the grasp of Benavides.
The first bikes have already completed 149 km and Sam Sunderland trails Kevin Benavides, who is now opening the way, by a little less than 12 minutes. With only fifty kilometres left to the finish, his hopes of overall triumph are evaporating…