On each of his last four participations on the Dakar, Kevin Benavides has always won at least one special, except for the 2020 edition, and today the Argentinean has continued this tradition, despite a fall and a nose injury. Thanks to finishing more than seven minutes ahead of Xavier De Soultrait, the HRC rider has also taken the lead in the general standings, 2’31’’ ahead of the Frenchman.
With some bikers already at the finishing line of the day’s special, Kevin Benavides still leads after 400 km despite a fall and an injured nose. He leads Nacho Cornejo, Lorenzo Santolino and Toby Price by two minutes. As for Sam Sunderland, he is twice as far back in fifth position.
Kevin Benavides has fallen after approximately 330 km and has injured his nose. The Argeninean has been able to resume racing, but Nacho Cornejo should be able to take advantage of this mishap to regain first place…
Toby Price has sprung a surprise to put his KTM into fifth position after 292 km, barely one minute behind his team-mate Sam Sunderland, in fourth place. Xavier De Soultrait occupies sixth position, 7’ behind the stage leader.