“I didn’t take into consideration the place or the consequence I simply gave my 100% over the entire stage and tried to benefit from the day,” enthuses the younger racer.
“The particular was actually quick and difficult, and so muddy – fortunately, I didn’t make any massive errors, however it could have been straightforward to have a problem on the market right now. I’ve labored so arduous for this.”
“This 12 months’s rally has been one of many closest ever, and there wasn’t a single day the place you can afford to ease off. I couldn’t have executed it with out the help of my staff, and all my household and buddies.”
Stage 14 concerned each rally chief Toby Value and Kevin Benavides, ranging from the again, with a plethora of gravel tracks, sand, and dry lake beds to beat.
Benavides – who had already tucked a stage win below his belt – saved up along with his repute in consistency, locked in, and received his second profession Dakar title, simply 44 seconds forward of Value.
Because of the efforts of each members of KTM’s staff, 2023 marks the Austrians’ nineteenth win in Dakar – and nobody’s happier than Pit Beirer, KTM’s Motorsports Director.
“Apart from the riders, I’m possibly the happiest man on the planet proper now,” admits Beirer.
“It’s wonderful, after this lengthy journey and this powerful race, to have solely 12 seconds separating the 2 guys coming into this closing day. After which for them to push so arduous over the stage and attain the end line safely and in first and second is unimaginable.”
After round 5,000 kilometers and over 40 hours of racing, to have them so shut is unparalleled, and the entire staff did a tremendous job to get them right here on this place.”
Listed below are the Provisional Outcomes of the 2023 Dakar Rally, Stage 14, courtesy of KTM’s related press launch:
- Kevin Benavides (ARG), KTM, 1:15:17
- Daniel Sanders (AUS), GASGAS, 1:15:52 +0:35
- Toby Value (AUS), KTM, 1:16:12 +0:55
- Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Honda, 1:18:32 +3:15
- Skyler Howes (USA), Husqvarna, 1:19:02 +3:45
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