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Dakar Rally: Benavides secures 2nd consecutive title for Honda

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Dakar Rally: Benavides secures 2nd consecutive title for Honda

Riyadh (Saudi Arabia), Jan 15 (IANS) Argentine rider Kevin Benavides won his first Dakar Rally title on Friday, giving Honda back-to-back wins in the prestigious rally raid event in Saudi Arabia. Benavides's team mate Ricky Brabec, who won the title last year, secured second place in the overall standings.<br /> <br /><br />Benavides's title chances were given a boost when his advantage over KTM's Sam Sunderland was revised up to 5 min 07 sec due to a failure with the organisers' GPS equipment. Benavides finished second in the 12th and final stage behind Brabec by 2 min 17 sec. With Sutherland finishing 13 minutes off the pace, the result was enough for Benavides to secure his first outright win in Dakar. <br /><br />Benavides, 32, is the first Argentinian rider to win the Dakar Rally's two-wheeler category. Brabec's stage win helped him surpass Sutherland in the overall standings to make it a Honda 1-2. It is the first time since 1987 that the Japanese manufacturer has managed to secure the top two positions in the competition. <br /><br />.