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2018: Ab. Stage 13
2017: Ab. Stage 10 (1 stage win)
2018: Abu Dhabi Desert Chalenge (6th), Atacama Rally (9th), Desafio Ruta 40 (5th), Morocco Rally (3rd)
2017: Morocco Rally (3rd), Baja 1000
2016: Atacama rally (7th), Merzouga Rally (6th), Morocco Rally
2015: Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge (5th)
2014: Baja 500 (1st), San Felipe 250 (1st), Baja 1000 (1st)
From growing up in California to the Dakar tracks via years in BMX, Ricky Brabec has reached the heights of glory at break-neck speed. He made his Dakar debut in 2016 at the age of 24 with an already long list of triumphs to his credit. This son of biker parents had won nearly everything there is to win in the US, from the Baja 1000 to Baja 500, the Vegas to Reno and off course the off-road title. Spotted by the HRC Honda team, he set off on an international career with the Dakar as the focal point. The learning process as been long but promising. Ninth in his first participation in South America, he went on to claim his first stage win the following year at Uyuni. But on the Dakar, one also has to learn from one’s setbacks and Brabec mustn’t forget the past two editions on which he did not finish. It is hard to say where he slots in for this his fourth Dakar, especially alongside title contender team mates Kevin Benavides, who finished second last year and the eternally unlucky Joan Barreda. This season, the strapping Californian took a podium result in the Morocco Rally, which saw him to 5th place in the FIM World Championship. Now, he just has to finish the Dakar, and silence his detractors.
"’I’ve always done BMX and there has always been a bike in a corner of the house. I started in off-road in 2007 and I quickly loved it. I knew I wanted to succeed. By watching videos, I saw who were the best and the fastest and I soon wanted to be like them and race against them. I learned the past few years and now I know what to do. Long distances do not scare me, I'm used to it. Each race is an opportunity to learn before going on to the next. Whether you win or lose, you always learn something.
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 2019
Ricky Brabec is genuinely unlucky on the Dakar. Indeed, in 2018, the HRC rider was forced to drop out on stage 10 after the engine on his Honda broke. The same fate has befallen him and the world’s leading constructor has lost its best chance of winning the Dakar, a race that time and again slips through the grasp of the manufacturer with the winged logo…...
In a hugely dramatic turn of events, after only 56 km of the special, Ricky Brabec has broken his Honda’s engine. The leader of the general standings, who had been riding an exemplary race and could start to nurture serious hopes of becoming the first American to win the Dakar, looks very like having to exit the race prematurely!
Honda's American rider has taken the overall lead back from Pablo Quintanilla and holds a margin of 6'55" over Toby Price.
"Yeah, I needed a good stage, I needed to push up and get to the front. It wasn't easy, I think I was riding too fast, you know, riding faster than I should have, but... No close calls today, actually no close calls the entire rally, so that's a plus...
Ricky Brabec soared back to the top of the general classification of the Dakar, seizing back the lead he had surrendered to Pablo Quintanilla yesterday. The American finished third in San Juan de Marcona, while the Chilean shipped 21 minutes to the stage winner.
Although Ricky Brabec was 7′23″ slower than Sam Sunderland at WP5, he was still much faster than overall leader Pablo Quintanilla, who is trailing at 22 minutes. Brabec looks well positioned to retake the overall lead tonight.
Ricky Brabec is opening up the gas. The American went through CP1 with a 1'43" lead over Matthias Walkner, but even more importantly, 2'26" ahead of overall leader Pablo Quintanilla!
Ricky Brabec is determined to take back the overall lead. The HRC biker was the fastest rider in the first part of stage 7 and is leading the special after 50 km. Just 40 seconds separate the top 6 overall right now!
Ricky Brabec finished the stage in sixth place, 7'30" behind Pablo Quintanilla. As a result, the American lost the overall lead and now lies 4'38" behind the Chilean.
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