2016 Dakar Rally rookie sensation Kevin Benavides has signed with team HRC Rally

The young Argentine proved himself to be one of the standout performers in this year’s Dakar. Finishing fourth overall and just five minutes off the podium, ensured Benavides’ results were more than enough to get noticed.

Staying with Honda, Benavides steps up from the Honda Motor Argentina squad to factory status with Team HRC.

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“I’m very pleased with this new stage of my career,” told Benavides. “To sign as one of the official HRC riders is a great opportunity for me and I’m going to do everything to achieve the maximum. It’s news that makes me really happy.”

Wasting no time, Benavides will debut with the team in next week’s Merzouga Rally in Morocco. He’ll also compete in the Sardegna Rally, which marks the third round of the world series.

“My next race is the Merzouga Rally and it will be different to the one that I raced in last year as I know that the navigation is going to be very demanding. It will be very good for me to keep on accumulating mileage and improve in that respect.”