The Mattighofen manufacturer secures the Argentinian rider, winner of the last Dakar, with the aim of bringing the world’s most famous Rally Raid trophy back to Austria
The riders’ market is not only alive and kicking in Superbike and MotoGP, but in other categories too. Particularly in the off-road and Dakar arena, where KTM has just made a significant move, stealing the winner of the 2021 edition, or rather Argentinian Kevin Benavides, away from Honda.
The news comes like a bolt out of the blue, but represents a very strategic move by the Mattighofen manufacturer, which signs up the current champion with a view to winning the next edition of the world’s most famous Rally Raid, having lost to Honda in the last two years.
The 32-year old will not only compete in the 2022 Dakar but also world cross-country rallies. His first race in new colours will be in Kazakhstan in June.
In signing his new contract with KTM, Kevin Benavides had this to say: “I´m off to start a new adventure in my career with KTM. As the current Dakar Champion, it´s a very important decision. I´m a rider who loves challenges and new goals, for which I´m sure that I chose the right path to face them.”
“I'm very excited and motivated to start testing the bike in the next few days and to meet the team. Here in Austria I have had a great reception at KTM and Red Bull, incredible places knowing the factory, competition departments, members and staff. I am ready to get started!”
Translated by Heather Watson