Monster Energy Honda Team rider Kevin Benavides has taken the second stage win at the 2018 Merzouga Rally ahead of Pablo Quintanilla and Toby Price
Benavides, who had previously won the prologue, triumphed in an error-free second stage ride and moves up into second place overall, behind team-mate, and opening stage winner, Joan Barreda, as the race arrives at the marathon stage.
Continuing his strong run of form in the Moroccan dunes, defending champion Pablo Quintanilla has secured a strong runner-up result ahead of Australian Toby Price.
Kevin Benavides clinched the third consecutive victory for a Monster Energy Honda Team rider, after taking top spot in the prologue and Barreda‰Ûªs victory in the first full stage.
"I felt very well today, I went out to attack with a great pace," the Argentinean said. "I felt very good about the bike. In the end, I saw the ones in front and over the final kilometres of dunes, I wanted to attack but something made me think about not forcing and not risking to finish the stage safe and sound. I arrived well, I won the special and we are good in the race."