Argentine presence in the Dakar 2023

The Dakar 2023 for the fourth consecutive year will be held in Saudi Arabia, this time from December 31 to January 15. There will be an outstanding presence of Argentine pilots and navigators, surpassing the 20 that raced in 2020, the 15 that represented us in 2021 and the 29 that accelerated in 2022, since in 2023 there will be 31.

Argentine presence in the Dakar 2023

Among the main Argentines, Orly Terranova stands out, who will contest this race for the seventeenth time, uninterruptedly since 2009. Before that, the man from Mendoza had the pleasure of having competed in Africa back in 2005 and 2007 on a motorcycle, adding two dropouts. He will once again be driving a Hunter now sailed by Spaniard Alex Haro, with Sébastien Loeb and Vaidotas Zala as teammates. Terranova excelled in 2013 and 2014 when he finished the Dakar in fifth position, in 2020 when he was sixth and this year finishing 4th, he has already won 6 stages.

Argentine presence in the Dakar 2023

Juan Manuel Silva will contest his 13th Dakar, being navigated by the Frenchman Xavier Flick, who has contested the Dakar racing on a motorcycle. The man from Chaco began in 2011 on a MCRAE Buggy with which he reached the end of the race. In 2019 he achieved his best result in the race, winning in the UTV Open category and placing 18th in the General on a UTV from the Colcar squad.

Argentine presence in the Dakar 2023

Kevin Benavides and “Manu” Andújar also stand out. It is that they are two champions in Motorcycle and Quadricycle respectively. In the case of the man from Salta again with the official KTM team, facing his 7th Dakar, which he took in 2021.

Argentine presence in the Dakar 2023

His brother Luciano Benavides will continue to be linked to Husqvarna, contesting his sixth Dakar, the third in a row with the aforementioned squad. Manuel Andújar will run the Dakar for the sixth time, after that 2021 title and the abandonment of 2022 due to a strong blow. The Lobos driver stood out in 2019 when he finished 5th, in 2020 when he finished 4th and in 2021 with the crown.

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