Despite his youth, Benavides born in 1989 has won over 300 enduros and other races, and in 2014, won his fourth gold medal in the I.S.D.E. (International Six Days Enduro) in San Juan. After winning all there is to win in Enduro, Benavides moved to rally racing in 2015. Debuting on home turf in the Desafio Ruta 40 in Argentina, his performance was impressive enough to secure him a place in the final round of the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, the Morocco Rally, the same year.
Benavides raced his first Rally Dakar in 2016, with Honda South America Rally Team. He finished fourth overall, the best result for a Honda CRF450 RALLY rider.
In the 2017 edition, Benavides was unable to compete due to a pre-race injury, but the following year, came back with a vengeance to take second place overall at the Dakar 2018.
Benavides fought for stage wins in the 2019 edition as one of Monster Energy Honda Team‘s factory riders, completing the race fifth overall. In the Silk Way Rally, an FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship rally, he finished fourth with four stage wins, and closed the season third overall.
In the Dakar 2020, Benavides lost positions in Stage 6 due to mechanical issues, but went on to finish on the podium four times, including a win in Stage 7.
|2020||Racing in Dakar Rally with 1 stage win|
|2019||5th overall Dakar Rally
3rd overall Cross Country Rally World Championship
|2018||2nd place in Dakar Rally with 1 stage win
|2016||4th overall Dakar Rally with 1 stage win|