Kevin Benavides has been forced to withdraw from Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge after a pre-race shakedown crash. Benavides broke his right femur and had to be airlifted to a hospital in Dubai. Benavides underwent a successful surgery and will be discharged from the hospital.
It is unknown when Benavides will return to competition. Benavides won the the Dakar Rally for the Red Bull KTM team in January. The Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge was the second event on the FIM World Championship schedule.