Kevin Benavides Wins 2023 Dakar Rally Bike Class Aboard KTM



Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) and Adrien Van Beveren (Honda) rounded out the highest 5 general within the Bikes class.

“I’m fairly comfortable to have the ability to end this Dakar Rally 2023 in Saudi Arabia,” Quintanilla mentioned. “After all, this was not the consequence we have been trying to find however the feeling is sweet. I do know that I gave 100% day-after-day so I simply need to say I’m grateful for all of the assist from the staff and this doesn’t go solely to the Dakar—it’s a yearlong job. Generally you win, generally you don’t—it’s a part of the race.”

“It’s good to be on the end, I’ve to be comfortable even when this isn’t a dream consequence,” mentioned Van Beveren. “To complete the Dakar Rally is all the time a victory and now I keep in mind different occasions the place I might end on account of crashes once I was on the hospital wanting on the different on TV. We had a very robust race, I’ve to keep in mind that. I can’t level out one large mistake I made, the race was a dash nearly on a regular basis.”

Luciano Benavides, Kevin’s brother, completed sixth general aboard a Husqvarna. Daniel Sanders suffered an enormous crash on the 2022 occasion and claimed second within the remaining stage of this 12 months’s occasion to complete seventh general.

“It was going to be tough at this time to make up any time however I did what I might and simply missed out on the stage win, however general, I’m tremendous comfortable,” Sanders mentioned in a GasGas press launch. “It’s been a protracted highway to get right here. After crashing right here final 12 months I’ve had six operations, which actually restricted my preparation, so it’s been nice to bounce again and be aggressive. It’s been an unreal expertise and hopefully subsequent 12 months I can are available stronger and fitter and be extra able to go. The staff has been superb as all the time and I’m tremendous comfortable to be right here on the end line in a single piece.”

Sanders on the fuel.