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Reviews PIT BITRER: How KTM Dakar winner Kevin Benavides by Honda Holte

14:40  21 september  2021
14:40  21 september  2021 Source:   de.motorsport.com

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"I've doubted myself for a moment, because there was no obvious reason," says KTM-Sportschef Pit Beirer to 'Motorsport.com' over the change of Rally Dakar winner Kevin Benavides from Honda to KTM in 2021. Nevertheless, the Argentinian, which gained the motorcycle category of the Rallyeklassiker 2021, decided for a change of wallpaper.

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Beirer explains: "He has won the rally Dakar's rally of Dakar, so he has had a good team and have had a good motorcycle. But there is already a background: he had together with his brother in Argentina Motorcycle business in which it was Husqvarna and KTM to buy. Therefore, from their side a passionate bond is there. "

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, however, the KTM sports director was not "conscious" when he gone into talks with Benavides to negotiate a deal from 2021. Kevin Benavides' Brother Luciano is also bound by KTM via the Husqvarna sister brand, which is why the obligation of the older of the two racers represents a kind of family reunification.

first conversations ran very well

"I was already surprised when the younger brother told us that Kevin wanted to talk to us," remembers contrary to the first approach attempts. "And then he came and it did not have been 'click'. He has noticed that we are quite cool guys - so I do not mean me, but the rally team. He knows how we look after his brother and how we horrendous duties pay to get such a motorcycle to Argentina. "

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Benavides has quickly opted for KTM

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To explain: According to Beirer, a motorcycle will pay 15,000 euros in import duty. However, KTM does not return to take over these costs, so that Luciano at home has a "reasonable training motorcycle". All these factors have convinced the older brother to switch to KTM despite the success with Honda. "He sees everything, that's what he enjoys," so contributed to. "Then we could overtake him."

The financial aspect does not want to sweep the KTM sports director under the carpet: "Of course we paid a high gage, as it is appropriate for a Dakar winner. We already have one or the other Dakar winner in the family So, there was nothing crazy happened, but of course he was embedded as a dakar winner with us. "

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But why did KTM have grabbed Benavides at all? Also for this is a clear answer: "We now had 18 Dakar victories and there is a certain danger that you will be successful. You make with the same people - a top strong team - always the same things. But you do not know what The competition makes. Now to have a strange guy who comes from the winning team and can tell us how the bike is, is of course interesting for us. "I do not get mystery out."

For Beirer, it was important to "get a benchmark", why KTM has lost "the past Dakar". And no one offers better than the current winner, who has been traveling with the Japanese of Honda, for the Benavides since 2015, last. "That irritated me and then it was my desire to finalize that as soon as possible. We talked about three hours and in the end a contract was signed. This was a refreshing boost for the rally departing, with which we want to attack again."

Honda has already found replacement for Benavides: Japanese have secured the services of Pablo Quintanilla, which changes from Husqvarna to Honda. The Chilene brought second place in 2020 at the Rally Dakar and will tackle the Dakar 2022 together with the team.

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