Everything OK for Kevin Benavides from Salta: he had his birthday, was second in the seventh set and now completes the partial podium on motorcycles. He put himself within range to revalidate the crown
On the day of his 33rd birthday, Kevin Benavides had a key day for his aspirations to retain the crown in motorcycles in the 2022 Dakar Rally. The Salta did a great job by being second in stage 7, which allowed him to come back up to third place in the general classification of the race that takes place in Saudi Arabia. With his KTM, the Salta managed the 402 kilometers of speed and 299 of the link of the section between Riyadh and Al Dawadimi.
With 100 kilometers of dunes, the sand was once again the protagonist of the route in which Kevin remained among the first, had a good pace and did not fail in navigation, which allowed him to complete the partial podium in the seven days of the race . “It was important to have recovered all that time. Tomorrow it will be key not to lose so much opening the track (N. de la R: those who start first encounter the stones and other complications on the route) and the next day we can leave behind, continue in that game, but the race has ended. It’s exciting, we’ve put a little spice in it, ”Benavides told Infobae.
Kevin started the set this Sunday being eighth in the general classification and did what he had to be able to put himself within range in the fight for the victory, but also a fortuitous event played in his favor: the Australian Daniel Sanders (GASGAS), who was one of the pointers, suffered a fall in the link section. He injured an elbow, was hospitalized and was out of the race. Another who had a difficult day was the Englishman Sam Sunderland (GASGAS), who was delayed. Benavides jumped to third place overall, just five minutes behind the leader, Frenchman’s Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) and 11 seconds behind Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM).
The Córdoba-born Pablo Copetti is second in quadricycles (ASO Press)
The seventh set was won by Chilean Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) and Benavides was only 44 seconds away. Third was the Spanish Joan Barreda Bort (Honda). Fourth was Kevin’s younger brother, Luciano Benavides (Husqvarna), who is now 15th overall.
The rest of the Argentines in the category were: Diego Llanos (KTM), was 19th and 31st overall; Diego Noras (Husqvarna), 70th and 58th overall; Joaquín Debeljuh Taruselli (KTM), was 71st and 66th overall; and Matías Notti (KTM) finished 102nd (106th overall).
The Argentine fighting for the victory, Pablo Copetti (Yamaha), was third behind the Frenchman Alexander Giroud (Yamaha) and the Brazilian Marcelo Medeiros (Yamaha), the winner of the day. Copetti is second overall, 18 minutes behind Giroud.
The other two Argentines in the category, Francisco Moreno (Yamaha), finished 6th and is 5th overall, and for now, Carlos Verza (Yamaha) did not cross the finish line.
The Mendoza Lucio Álvarez is fourth in the general classification in cars (EFE / EPA / YOAN VALAT)
Lucio Álvarez (Toyota) finished seventh (4th overall). Orlando Terranova, with the prototype of the Bahrain Raid Extreme team, was 11th (6th overall). Sebastián Halpern (Mini) finished 16th (9th overall) and Juan Cruz Yacopini (Toyota) finished 28th (23rd overall).
Frenchman Sébastien Loeb, a teammate from Terranova, took the set. Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah (Toyota) was second, but is still in command of the overall standings. Third was the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Audi).
Qatari Nasser Al-Attiyah heads to his fourth victory in the Dakar Rally (EFE / Biel Aliño)
Kamaz continues his dominance and this Sunday Anton Shibalov led the Russians 1-2 ahead of Eduard Nikolaev. Third was the Dutch Martin Van Den Brink (Iveco). Dmitry Sotnikov was 5th and remains a leader on aggregate.
WHAT IS COMING
The caravan will leave this Monday towards the south of the country and it will be stage 8 that will link Al Dawadimi with Wadi Ad Dawasir, with a timed section of 395 kilometers and 435 connecting. During the first 200 kilometers of the speed sector it will be all sand and dunes, and it is announced as one of the hardest days of the last week of the race.
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