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hunt for Kevin Benavides’ successor

In the direction of the Dakar 2022, ranging from the reigning champion Kevin Benavides, who switched to KTM. The names of the favorites for the January occasion.

In a month by now, the Dakar Rally Raid could have already began a few days in the past (the route). The 44th version of this prestigious occasion may be very near the 44th version of this prestigious occasion, between rookies and Italian specialists, the take a look at of Lascorz, the ‘horrible ladies’, challenges from two to 4 wheels, however not solely. It begins with the 2021 winner, particularly Kevin Benavides, who made historical past by turning into the primary South American driver to win this competitors. And he needs to maintain writing it, however with completely different colours: his # 1 will actually be on a KTM, and not on the Honda with which he triumphed on this calendar 12 months. However there are numerous favorites for the ultimate success subsequent January 2022, let’s examine them.

Honda needs the three of a form

The home of the golden wing restarts from two consecutive successes. He misplaced the champion of the 2021 version, however at all times comes with a formidable line-up. We’re speaking about none aside from Ricky Brabec, José Ignacio ‘Nacho’ Cornejo, Joan Barreda and the brand new buy Pablo Quintanilla. The primary was the one who introduced Honda again to victory on the Dakar (2020) for the primary time since 1989 and definitely comes with the identical objective. The Chilean is charged above all within the reminiscence of what he known as “a rookie mistake” in 2021. An accident that compelled him to go away prematurely, however what harm him probably the most is that at that second he commanded the final classification … A driver actually to keep watch over, in addition to the 38-year-old Spanish colleague, who has develop into a legend of the Dakar after the three victories obtained on this calendar 12 months. He too decided to make up for it (the triumphs within the Andalucía Rally and within the Baja Aragón converse for themselves) after the compelled retirement resulting from lack of petrol, to which had been added the after-effects of a crash two days earlier. The final one lastly arrived in Honda after 5 years with Husqvarna colours, able to redeem himself after a 2021 version under expectations. Recall that in 2020 he obtained the 2nd place within the normal classification.

KTM on the assault

Let’s proceed with the Austrian producer’s ranks: a line-up to essentially keep watch over, greater than decided to stop Honda’s hat-trick of triumphs. The reigning champion comes from there Kevin Benavides, who will definitely nonetheless be the protagonist after his historic 2021 triumph. However alongside the extremely motivated Argentine driver, firstly with the quantity # 1 in full proof on his KTM 450 Rally Manufacturing facility, there are two different champions of the legendary occasion. Beginning with Toby Value, contemporary from the biennial, which the Rally Raid has already gained twice. Particularly in 2016 (in its second Dakar) and in 2019, when the competitors was nonetheless held in Latin America. In 2020, upon touchdown in Saudi Arabia, he completed third, whereas final January he needed to abandon prematurely resulting from a extreme accident within the ninth stage. We end the KTM dwelling roundup with Matthias Walkner, additionally with a closing triumph on the scoresheet. Exactly in 2018, in his fourth Dakar disputed, with a 2nd place then each in 2017 and in 2019. He’s the third ace known as to select up the thread for the Mattinghofen home, interrupted within the final two years by Honda.

GasGas goals excessive

A really respectable formation additionally for the Spanish model (absorbed by KTM). After six editions performed with the Austrian colours, Sam Sunderland has switched to GasGas. He arrives on the Dakar after a season that isn’t in any respect straightforward at a sporting stage, between accidents and a few well being issues. Along with remembering that he was compelled to retire from this rally in 5 of the eight editions he raced resulting from falls or mechanical issues. However within the three concluded the ultimate victory (2017) got here, plus a double third place (2019-2021). Subsequent to him there’s a younger man who has carried out properly at his debut on this calendar 12 months: let’s discuss Daniel Sanders, who completed 4th general and greatest rookie of the final version of the Dakar. This 12 months, a brand new model and for the primary time in a manufacturing unit group: along with Sunderland, a alternative dictated by GasGas’ dedication to be the protagonist.

What a duo for Husqvarna

The little brother of the reigning champion is getting ready for his second Dakar with Husqvarna, decided to make up for it after a troublesome version bodily, mechanically and mentally. Luciano Benavides he skilled a really complicated Dakar 2021, however even the next months weren’t the most effective. “It was a battle above all on a psychological stage” the Argentine driver admitted to A set of issues, nonetheless, which might be giving him extra motivation. “First I’ve to win myself, the remaining will come by itself” he identified. Subsequent to him is a brand new teammate, Skyler Howes, with three Dakar behind them. The final one, closed in fifth place as a personal rider (promoting virtually all the pieces attainable, beginning along with his bikes), earned him the signing of a three-year contract as an official with the Husqvarna model. This may actually be one other formation to keep watch over for the 2022 occasion.

Yamaha for redemption

Within the wake of the MotoGP and Superbike outcomes, an excellent alternative may come for the home of the three tuning forks. Particularly after the 2021 version, which was decidedly missing in outcomes given that every one the highest drivers needed to depart the race prematurely. In 2022 we begin once more first with Adrien Van Beveren, enthusiastic and positively energized after four retirements within the final 4 Dakar. He stays one of many guys to observe for the ultimate victory, remembering the sixth and 4th place obtained respectively in 2016 and 2017. Then there’s Ross Department, the motive force from Botswana who in 2019 completed 13th and greatest rookie on the legendary Rally Raid. In 2020 he took his first victory, whereas in 2021 he closed the race within the ninth stage. The third Yamaha ace is Andrew Brief, additionally getting back from a earlier slightly disappointing version, an early withdrawal brought on by petrol issues (the mistaken form). Like his colleagues from the Iwata home, he’s actually excited for this re-creation in Saudi Arabia.

Sherco and Hero outsiders?

Two different manufacturers decided to ‘disturb’ these talked about above. Let’s begin with Sherco, which ranks at first Lorenzo Santolino, who after two dakars to neglect completed with a terrific sixth place within the 2021 version, greatest Spaniard on the end. He will definitely begin once more from right here for the occasion subsequent January, decided to be at the least the most effective 5 drivers. Subsequent to him is the Portuguese Rui Gonçalves, 19th within the final Rally Raid (third greatest rookie) and at all times with the identical colours for the subsequent occasion in Saudi Arabia. We then transfer on to Hero, which welcomes the Argentine into its ranks Franco Caimi, popping out of Yamaha after 5 years. For him 5 Dakars behind him, two closed in P8 (greatest rookie in his debut 12 months) and the others with untimely abandonments, the final a part of the ‘defeat’ of the home of the three forks. Therefore the change, switching to Hero with the Portuguese in primis Joaquim Rodrigues, 17th within the final version however on the lookout for constant steps ahead.

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