AFP Córdoba, Cordoba, Argentina
Jan 21, 2018, 12.02 AM
Austria's Matthias Walkner wrapped up his maiden Dakar Rally bikes title on Saturday by finishing safely in eighth place on the final day in Cordoba, as home favourite Kevin Benavides won stage 14.
KTM rider Walkner took a 20-minute lead into the last day in Argentina and had little trouble in negotiating the 286-kilometre ride to go one better than when he finished second to team-mate Sam Sunderland 12 months ago.
Argentinian Benavides had to settle for second overall, 16 minutes and 53 seconds adrift.