When Kaven Benoit burst onto the Quebec Motocross scene he had some pretty big shoes to fill. Marco Dubé had been at the top his game for a number of years and legend Jean Sebastien Roy was in the process of winning multiple Canadian Championships. As Benoit progressed through the Quebec Provincial Motocross scene in the mid to late 2000s, everyone who witnessed his riding knew he was destined for greatness. Not bad for a kid from the small town of Notre-Dame-Du-Bon-Conseil, QC.
JSR remembers as early as 2005 just how much promise Benoit showed, “Kaven was really fast, even back in 2005 when I was in my prime. I would race against him at our Quebec Provincials and I had trouble beating him, sometimes he would beat me. He is definitely a special rider.”
At 24 years of age, Benoit isn’t a kid anymore. Maybe it’s this added maturity that made him so hard to beat during the second half of the CMRC Monster Energy MX Nationals last summer. After sitting out the first half of the nationals to rehab a knee injury he suffered in a winter snocross crash, Benoit showed up at Gopher Dunes and a won the first moto en route to a very impressive second overall. By the time the 2012 MX2 Nationals concluded, Benoit had won five motos and ended up finishing an incredible sixth overall, despite missing four rounds.
Heading into 2013, Benoit has earned a spot on the powerful Red Bull KTM Royal Distributing Fox team as their sole MX2 rider. Although this will be his first time riding some of the Western tracks, anyone who is close to Benoit knows he is up for any challenge. When asked about his upcoming assault on the MX2 Nationals, Benoit had this to say “I feel really good this year heading into Nanaimo, better than ever actually. Todd from Perform X has me on a great program and my KTM is working awesome. Hopefully I can reward the Red Bull KTM Royal Distributing Fox Team with a championship in 2013.”
With Benoit’s fitness as well as his quiet but confident demeanour, he is no doubt one of the favourites to win the 2013 MX2 Championship. With a bright future ahead of him, Benoit will no doubt be the top Quebec rider for years to come on the extremely competitive Canadian Motocross scene. Although he is ranked number seven at this time, we are sure this ranking will improve by year’s end.