N°2 Bike MONSTER ENERGY HONDA
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RICKY BRABEC

(usa) 1.85m / 92kg

Hobbies

Wake surfing, cooking and BBQ, camping, offroading, cycling, mountain biking, friends and good times!

Sponsors

Monster, Honda, HRC, Motul, Showa, Method Race Wheels, 100%, Alpinestars

2021: 2nd (3 stage wins + prologue)
2020: 1st (2 stage wins)
2019: Ab. Stage 8 (1 stage win)
2018: Ab. Stage 13
2017: Ab. Stage 10 (1 stage win)
2016: 9th

2021: Vegas to Reno (2nd), Morocco Rally (4th)
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)

Interview

“I am determined to win this thing again”

Since bursting onto the rally raid scene in 2015, Ricky Brabec has become one of the best bikers in the business. The 30-year-old finished fifth at his first rally in Abu Dhabi and has never looked back, securing an impressive ninth place with the Honda factory team on his Dakar debut in 2016. The following years on the world's toughest rally were about putting the pieces of the puzzle together, both in terms of his performance and the reliability of his bike. One of the cruellest images of Dakar 2019 was a devastated Brabec stranded in the wilderness between San Juan de Marcona and Pisco, after suffering engine failure on Stage 8. The American had been leading the rally on a day he said was going to “make it or break it”, a prediction that sadly turned out to be true. “The Dakar bites again”, Brabec lamented, as he was forced to abandon for the third consecutive edition. However, the California native bounced back from that bitter disappointment in 2020, when the Dakar switched from South America to Saudi Arabia. On a more reliable CRF450 Rally, he snatched the overall lead with a dominant victory on Stage 3 and held it all the way to the finish line in Qiddiya, becoming the first American to win the Dakar -and the first Honda rider to do so since 1989. Brabec was then aiming to become just the eighth biker to go back-to-back at Dakar 2021, but victory in the prologue led to a “yo-yo effect” of early stage results -1st, 24th, 2nd, 24th- which left him playing catch-up throughout the rally. To his credit, Ricky won three of the last six stages to finish as the runner-up behind then teammate Kevin Benavides, securing a one-two for Honda. Benavides has since switched to Honda's biggest rivals, the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing team, and Brabec sounds more than ready for another scrap with the Austrian giants. KTM recently came to test down the road from where Brabec lives in Hesperia, on the edge of the Mojave Desert, which boasts very similar terrain to Saudi Arabia. “That kind of lit a fire under my ass”, Brabec declared, adding that he doesn't believe KTM's new machine is capable of knocking Honda off their perch. Ricky hasn't taken part in many events this year -he was second at Vegas to Reno and fourth at the Morocco Rally, where he wasn't happy with his bike setup. Still, he has been busy training and testing back home and will once again be among the big favourites in the bikes. Even if he describes himself as a “normal person who likes to have fun riding motorcycles”, Brabec has achieved some extraordinary things on two wheels since going offroad.

“At Dakar 2021, second place was disappointing only because I was so close to going back-to-back. After a few big mistakes I thought my rally was over, I believed I had no shot at the podium. That's still not bad, to be on the top step of the podium and then second in consecutive years. It's hard to say how Dakar 2022 is going to play out. I see KTM has a new motorcycle, but in my opinion it's not looking like the next winning machine. You know, winning the Dakar, there is a lot of media and a lot of pressure. I am not super big with media, as I believe I am just a normal person who likes to ride motorcycles. I like to just live life, post what I want on my social media and enjoy. I did buy a surf boat. After two years of being on the podium I finally rewarded myself with something nice, something I can enjoy with friends and family. We have a property on the river in Arizona which is about two a half hours from me, so in the summertime we tend to go there quite often. I haven't done much racing in 2021, but that doesn't mean I'm sitting around on vacation or holidays. I work week in, week out, every day in the gym or doing cardio exercises. After the big one, Dakar, I take a month off to enjoy life, but after that it's back to the grind, because if you take too much time off you lose focus and determination. I am determined to win this thing again, and I still have a lot of fuel in the tank”

Vehicle

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA

HONDA CRF 450 RALLY
MONSTER ENERGY HONDA

  • HONDA
  • CRF 450 RALLY
  • Monster Energy Honda Team
  • Monster Energy Honda Team
  • M_GP_NO

Ranking 2022

All news of R. Brabec

Newsflashes - 11/01 09:50 [GMT +3] - Bike

D-Day for Brabec?

Ricky Brabec, 2nd on the Dakar in 2021 and the winner the year before, has achieved the best time after 80 km. If he wants to get back into the game, the American has to make a move today, although he is not worrying the leading trio in the general rankings yet, because they have only lost between one minute and a minute and a half at this time check point. However, Quintanilla...

Newsflashes - 07/01 07:46 [GMT +3] - Bike

Price 5th to start, Cornejo and Brabec ready to pounce

Toby Price (KTM), who posted the best time yesterday, received a 6-minute penalty for speeding and will be the 5th rider to start. Behind Petrucci (KTM) and Branch (Yamaha), “Nacho” Cornejo and Ricky Brabec will start one after another in 3rd and 4th position on their Hondas. Like last year, the winner in 2020 has found it difficult to join the battle at the forefront...

Newsflashes - 06/01 08:42 [GMT +3] - Bike

Advantage to the later starters

With Joan Barreda opening the way and already at CP2 after 80 km, at the first time check point, half way in between, the race hierarchy seems to be favouring the riders who started outside the top 5. Brabec leads Walkner, Martin and Sunderland, with all four riders in the same minute. Luciano Benvavides, Barreda, Santolino and Quintanilla, who all started out earlier in that...

Reactions - 05/01 14:42 [GMT +3] - Bike

Ricky Brabec: "Still a long rally to go"

9th in the stage but 18th overall, Brabec is still willing to put up a fight despite a deficit of almost 54 minutes to the leader.

 

We're doing great, you know. Stage 4 was the longest stage of the rally, as announced. I actually think it's the longest special of the rally. Everything was good, I started out seventh today and made a strong...

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