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Kevin Benavides picks up an injury ahead of the Dakar 2017 | Latest

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Argentinean rider Kevin Benavides has suffered an injury in training that rules him out of the imminent Rally Dakar 2017.

This week, Kevin Benavides, fourth in his Dakar debut last year, had relocated to the Atacama region in Chile to complete the final pre-Dakar training programme before the 39th edition of the rally kicks off in the Paraguayan capital, Asunción, on January 2nd.

On the final day of training, the young Argentine fell heavily, after jumping a low dune, sustaining a severe blow to the right hand. After an initial check-up in Iquique, Chilean doctors stabilized the wrist and gave him the all-clear to return to his residence in Salta for a more exhaustive medical check. The final diagnosis resulted in a broken right wrist and the recommendation to undergo surgery. Kevin was operated on yesterday, Wednesday, which means having to renounce his participation in the impending Dakar Rally 2017.

Monster Energy Honda Team would like to wish Kevin Benavides a swift recovery and will patiently await the time when he can retake the Honda CRF450 RALLY and show his cross-country rally ability once more.