Argentine Kevin Benavides at the controls of a Honda motorcycle, from the official team led by the Algarve Ruben Faria, made his debut in the 43rd edition of the Dakar, winning the second consecutive victory for the Japanese brand that has had the Portuguese Ruben Faria since last year. as a sporting director, remember, he made his debut with Ricky Brabec's victory.
Kevin Benavides was runner-up in the 12th and final motorcycle special, which ended in Jeddah, which was won by teammate and former Dakar winner, American Ricky Brabec (Honda), who finished the mythical race , disputed in Saudi Arabia, in second, giving Honda the first double since 1987.
Kevin Benavides turned 32 last Saturday, the rest day of the race, having so far the second place in 2018 as the best result, but second place in this Friday's special, 2m17s minutes from Brabec, was enough to celebrate the victory .
The Argentine driver finished the race with a 4´56 minute advantage over his teammate and a 15´57 minute advantage over Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM), who closed the podium places.
Joaquim Rodrigues Jr. (Hero) was the best Portuguese, finishing the race in 11th position, despite a 32 minute penalty, concluding the winner's 3h04m24s.
The Portuguese-Germanic Sebastian Bühler (Hero) finished in 14th position, at 4h00m03s and debutant Rui Gonçalves (Sherco), former world champion in motocross of the MX2 class, was the 19th, at 6h32m21s of the winner.
Senhor Dakar wins for the 14th time
In cars, the Frenchman Stéphane Peterhansel (Mini) won the Dakar for the 14th time in his career, after the 12th and final stage of the car category of the 43rd edition of the race, was won by the Spanish Carlos Sainz (Mini ).
It should be remembered that Peterhansel, in the motorcycle category, won the 1991, 1992, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1998 editions, adding this triumph in cars to those already achieved in the years 2004, 2005, 2007, 2012, 2013, 2016 and 2017.
Stéphane Peterhansel finished the race in 44h27m11s, 14m51s less than Nasser Al-Attyiah (Toyota), who was second, despite having won six stages, while Carlos Sainz finished on the lowest step of the podium with another 1h01m57s.