Spektakulärer Markenwechsel: Dakar 2021-Sieger Kevin Benavides wechselt nach fünf Jahren als Honda-Werksfahrer mit sofortiger Wirkung ins KTM Factory-Team. Der 32-jährige Offroad-Spezialist aus Argentinien unterschrieb bei den Österreichern, um mit der KTM 450 Rally die diesjährige FIM Cross-Country Weltmeisterschaft und natürlich die nächste Dakar-Rally zu bestreiten.
Kevin Benavides: »I feel so excited to join the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, it’s a big, big change for me. As Dakar champion the move is an important new chapter in my racing career. I have always been a fan of KTM bikes, of Red Bull, and of how the team is organized – I truly believe that it’s the best choice for me to further my racing and to be able to challenge for more Dakar wins and the World Championship title. I have always enjoyed taking on new challenges in my life and I’m really looking forward to getting to know the team, the bike, and pushing myself even harder. The plan, after my first visit to the factory in Austria, is to head out to Dubai and get some time on the bike, and with the team. The goal for this year is to try and adapt to the bike as quickly as possible and get to know all the people in the new team so that I feel comfortable and can concentrate on my riding. I hope to be able to continue my own training program – I like to spend as much time on the bikes as possible, including the rally bike but also motocross and enduro, too. Looking ahead to next year, the ultimate goal would be to win back-to-back Dakars. I have already been lucky enough to be a factory supported rider in enduro years ago, so to now be back on a KTM and in the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing rally team is a dream and a real honor. I’m really thankful for the opportunity and can’t wait to get racing!«