RICKY BRABEC(usa) 1.85m / 92kg
Mountain biking, friends
Monster, Honda, HRC, Motul, Showa, Method, 100%
2020: 1st (2 stage wins)
2019: Ab. Stage 8 (1 stage win)
2018: Ab. Stage 13
2017: Ab. Stage 10 (1 stage win)
2020: Sonora Rally (1st), Vegas to Reno (1st), Andalucia Rally (14th)
2019: Sonora Rally (1st), Atacama Rally (6th), Morocco Rally (5th)
2018: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (6th), Atacama Rally (9th), Desafio Ruta 40 (5th), Morocco Rally (3rd)
2017: Sonora Rally (1st), Vegas to Reno (1st), Morocco Rally (3rd)
2016: Atacama Rally (7th), Merzouga Rally (6th), Morocco Rally (35th)
2015: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5th)
2014: San Felipe 250 (1st), Baja 500 (1st), Baja 1000 (1st), Vegas to Reno (1st)
“I know deep down there's more to come”
Ricky Brabec wrote his name into the history books at Dakar 2020, becoming the first American rider to triumph. The 29-year-old also claimed Honda's first victory in the bikes since way back in 1989, two years before he was even born! As he returns to Saudi Arabia for Dakar 2021, Ricky is looking to join a prestigious inner circle of just seven bike riders who have won the rally in consecutive years: Cyril Neveu, Gaston Rahier, Stéphane Peterhansel, Richard Sainct, Fabrizio Meoni, Cyril Despres and Marc Coma. It has been a wild ride for the California native since he first took up BMX at the age of five. Encouraged by his bike racing parents, he tried his hand at motocross but found he was better suited to desert racing, especially with the Mojave Desert on his doorstep at home in Hesperia. After signing for THR Motorsports in 2011, Ricky decided to knuckle down and really focus on his riding career -partying less and training more- and he soon began to post impressive results, with victories at the San Felipe 250, Baja 500 and Baja 1000 in 2014 alone. In early 2015, he got a call from Quinn Cody -the top rookie at Dakar 2011- asking if he was interested in rally raid. Never one to shy away from a challenge, he soon found himself at his first rally event in Abu Dhabi, where a highly impressive 5th place led to him signing with the Honda factory team for Dakar 2016. Though he was still learning the ropes, Ricky completed his Dakar debut in a creditable 9th place. Since then, with the support of American racing legends Johnny Campbell and Jimmy Lewis -and more recently, Kendall Norman- he has gone from hot prospect to one of the world's best offroad riders. He could well have celebrated his maiden Dakar victory a year earlier in 2019, but he was cruelly denied by engine failure on Stage 8, just two days before the finish. After spending several months recovering from the bitter disappointment of that retirement -his third in a row- Ricky returned with a bang in 2020 and finally put all the pieces together on a more reliable Honda CRF450 Rally, snatching the overall lead with a dominant win on Stage 3 and never looking back. He admits that it has been a strange 2020. Nevertheless, he has found time to win both the Sonora Rally and Vegas to Reno for the third time in his career.
"The interviews have been insane, still to this day I'm doing interviews and it's almost December haha! It feels good, but as I tell everyone else, there's always more, there's always something else to do. I want to join the few elite riders to have won the Dakar back to back. Being the first American to win one is such a great accomplishment, but I know deep down there's more to come. I was ready for Dakar 2020 and ready to pick up where I'd left off in 2019. Stage 2 was a bad one, placing me pretty far back for day 3. I was slightly irritated, and I knew I needed to put the hammer down and focus 110%. After doing just that, it gave me the overall lead and from there the goal was just to finish and manage each day. 2020 has been a horrible but great year all at the same time. Yes we won Dakar, it was a great victory but at the same time Covid hit and everything has been shut down, so to completely enjoy this victory is tough. The confidence is all right. Honestly, I feel the same as I did at this time last year. Tired of the training, the tricks, the games, the long days etc. So from here I only hope to be stronger for 2021. Saudi Arabia was very, very similar to here in my backyard, the Mojave Desert: the valleys, mountains, rivers. Everything was so similar, it felt comfortable for me to go without any stress and I think this move to Saudi definitely did the Americans a huge favour. Winning is every racer's dream, and once you win, you want to keep the dream alive and work harder than you did to accomplish that first victory, to be able to do it again.”
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2021
- Mark : HONDA
- Model : CRF 450 RALLY
- Performance tuner : Monster Energy Honda Team
- Assistance : Monster Energy Honda Team
- Class : G1.1 A.S.O. Elites
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Ricky Brabec: “Today I gave it 110 per cent and it just wasn’t enough”
Despite his best efforts, Ricky Brabec was unable to regain time and overtake Kevin Benavides in the general standings. However, the American pipped Sam Sunderland at the post to offer Honda their first one-two finish since 1987.
“I tried my best. Unfortunately, my team-mates ride really well. It’s pretty cool to finish with a one-two, but obviously the top...
The first one-two finish for Honda since 1987
Before today, it was as long ago as in 1987 when Honda last achieved a final one-two finish on the Dakar. That year, Cyril Neveu claimed the crown ahead of Edi Orioli. Franco Picco, who is still racing today, finished fourth. It is a historic Dakar for the constructor with the winged logo!
Brabec goes on the attack
At the first WP, Ricky Brabec leads the stage, regaining one minute on Kevin Benavides. Matthias Walkner is third more than three minutes behind. As for Daniel Sanders, he trails by more than six minutes. Pablo Quintanilla, second yesterday, has conceded more than 13 minutes. This last special is already difficult for some riders.
Benavides and Brabec at the finishing line
Kevin Benavides and his team-mate Ricky Brabec have just completed the day’s special. The Argentinean has in creased his lead over his American rival in the general standings to 7 minutes. With one stage left before the finish in Jeddah, Brabec can still dream of the title, but Benavides is nonetheless in a more favourable position.
Brabec loses his way
Ricky Brabec has gone astray from the route of the special after 247 km. The title holder, already lagging behind Kevin Benavides at the last intermediate point, could lose valuable time.
Big mistake for Barreda!
Joan Barreda boasts a lead of 12' over Ricky Brabec after 215 km! However, the Spaniard has not stopped at the refuelling point and has continued the special. The fifth placed rider in the general standings is likely to receive a big penalty at the finish and could end up running out of petrol...
Brabec loses some ground
The three Hondas ridden by Joan Barreda, Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec have already completed 127 km and the title holder already trails Barreda by 2’30 and Benavides, his main rival in the general standings, by 40’’.
Brabec gets to grips with the special
Ricky Brabec is the first biker out of the traps on the 11th special. Kevin Benavides, his main rival, will set off six minutes afterwards. Less than one minute separates the two men two stages from the finish in Jeddah and the battle promises to be captivating.
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