KTM TEAM INTRODUCTION
KTM will be gunning for its 20th Dakar win in 2024 and it has the team it needs to do just that.
With Matthias Walkner unfortunately out through injury, reigning Dakar Champion Kevin Benavides and two-time winner Toby Price will charge to continue the team’s domination in his 10th Dakar appearance.
Kevin Benavides: “The Dakar means everything to me. This year was special because I won with KTM, and I had the honour of fighting right to the end with my teammate. The rest of this year has been really tough. I was full of confidence after my Dakar win, but then breaking my femur early in the season, followed by my wrist later on, meant I didn’t get much race time on the bike at all. Behind the scenes, I was training as hard as I could to rebuild my fitness and mental strength, but it’s been a difficult year, for sure. Now, heading into a new year and a new Dakar, I really want to put 2023 behind me and fight for the win once again. I know I have what it takes, we just need to get through it without any setbacks and I should be well in the fight at the end of the race. We’re just a few weeks away from the start and I can’t wait to get going.”
Missing out on the 2023 Dakar Rally win by a mere 43 seconds after two tough weeks of racing, Toby Price has one goal for the 2024 event – to clinch his third career victory. Price enjoyed a strong season of racing in 2023, finishing off his year with a convincing win at the Rallye du Maroc. 2024 marks Toby’s 10th Dakar and he hopes to celebrate that milestone by topping the timesheets at the finish in Yanbu on January 19.
Toby Price: “The 2024 Dakar will be my 10th overall and my ninth riding for the KTM factory team. Out of the nine we’ve done together, I’ve managed to podium in six, which is incredible when you think about how tough the race is and how hard it is to even reach the finish. I’ve had two first-place finishes, a second, and three-thirds – to clinch another win on my 10th attempt would be amazing. Dakar is like no other race. For sure, the riding is hard work, fun, and exhausting, but I love the way everyone comes together to complete the race. Dakar is like my second family, so it’s always good to see everyone, get ready for the race, and get my competitive side back going again. I’m in a good place physically, and the bike is good – we’re definitely ready to race Dakar 2024.”
This could be Toby’s last run at Dakar on two wheels as he’s made positive moves to transition to four wheels over the last year, but that won’t slow the Aussie down and we’re hoping he walks away with his third Dakar title.