KTM at Dakar 2023

POSTED: 24/01/2023

Kevin Benavides wins Dakar 2023 for KTM

Endurance in its greatest form

KTM took on the Dakar 2023 with their trio of a-class champions, but nothing is a guarantee. The Dakar race demands skill, determination and focus - three qualities that not everyone possesses.

But... Kevin Benavides has done it. The 2023 Dakar title belongs to KTM!

“I didn’t think about the position or the result."

"I just gave my 100% over the whole stage and tried to enjoy the day.”

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More about Dakar...

The Dakar Rally has been going since 1978, and was founded by a French adventurer called Thierry Sabine. Since then, this event has exploded into what it is today, with endless crazy rider stories, such as Heinz Kinigadner's experience where he had to brave hundreds of kilometers in second gear after his bike lost engine oil! This year, the notorious event kicked off in Saudi Arabia on New Year's Eve 2022.

The Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team

A trio of former Dakar Champions came together to form a super squad for 2023! This squad included 2018 winner - Matthias Walkner, 2016/2019 winner - Toby Price, and 2021 winner - Kevin Benavides. No wonder they won!

Where did the race go?

The 2023 Dakar route crossed multiple terrains, from the Red Sea to Dammam in the East of Saudi Arabia. There are extreme conditions to navigate throughout, from rocky ravines to open desert, exposing riders to continuous nerve-wracking danger. The total distance is 8,549km and included 5,000km of a special stage where the racing happens. This round is the largest amount of kilometers raced since 2014.


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