N°43 Bike BIG SHOCK RACING
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JAN BRABEC

(cze) 1.79m / 84kg

Sponsors

Big Shock Racing, Fox Racing, Strojrent, Ivar

2019: 34th
2018: 39th

2018: Baja Aragon (7th), Hungarian Baja (3rd), Baja Poland (4th), Rallye du Maroc (13th)
2017: Merzouga Rally (Ab.), Baja Aragon (12th), Hungarian Baja (3rd)
2013: Czech Supercross MX2 Championship (1st)
2007: Red Bull MX of Nations (14th)
2004: Czech Motocross Championship 125ccm (1st), Czech Supercross Championship 125ccm (1st), Brno Supercross (2nd)
2003: World Championship with SRS Honda Team, 125cc Championship (2nd)
2002: Czech Supercross Championship 125ccm (1st), Italian Supercross Bergamo (3rd), World Championship Russia (16th)
2001: Czech Motocross Championship 125ccm (1st)
2000: Czech Supercross Championship 125ccm (1st), Czech Motocross Championship 125ccm (1st)
1999: Rondo Supercross (3rd), Czech Supercross Championship (2nd)
1996: USA GFI Series 80 CC (1st), multiple Czech champion in 80cc motocross

Interview

“I’m back in the game”

It is something of a miracle that Jan Brabec will be taking part in this year's Dakar, given that he suffered an accident at the start of June. The Czech biker was testing in Tunisia when he crashed at high speed, sustaining seven broken bones and internal bleeding. Luckily, his Big Shock Racing teammate Martin Macik wasn't far away, and Jan was soon on his way to hospital. Just three months later he was back on the bike, and he is now 100 per cent focused on making it a successful outing in Saudi Arabia. Jan's unbridled passion for racing goes back to his childhood. He got his first BMX at the age of four and discovered motocross at seven, going on to enjoy considerable national and international success in the discipline throughout his teenage years. He even travelled to California with his father as a 12-year-old to pick the brain of motocross legend Jeremy McGrath. More recently he branched out into cross-country, and a chance meeting on Instagram led to him joining Martin's Big Shock Racing team a few years ago. Having come 39th on his Dakar debut in 2018, Jan was in the mix for a top-20 finish in 2019 until incurring a nine-hour penalty for a navigation error on stage six. This time around he is openly targeting the top 20, although he admits that navigation remains something of an Achilles heel. While his injury has prevented him from competing in any races this year, he's been training hard with fellow biker Stefan Svitko to make sure he is as ready as can be in January.

"I had a crash when we were testing in Tunisia. I had a highsider and hit a rock at 160 km/h. The bike catapulted me into the air and I crashed: seven broken bones, internal bleeding and everything. I had to crawl through the desert for an hour because nobody was around. My teammate Martin Macik and his truck crew were coming back from a photoshoot and found me on the ground. It happened at the beginning of June, so I didn't race this year. I was off the bike for three months. Everyone was like, 'wow, you're back so quickly.' I said, 'I need to start the Dakar!' I tried to train for Morocco, but that was impossible. So I've been training every day, and I'll be ready. It's been a tough six months, but I'm back in the game. I just got back from three days of training with my good friend Stefan Svitko. I'm slowing getting my speed back. For me, navigation is the key because I know I can be fast. At Dakar 2019 I was running 16th on the sixth stage, then I got a huge penalty, nine hours. It was my mistake, but that's why I finished 34th. Even with my injury and everything, I hope to be in the top 20, that's my goal. If I set a target like that it helps me with training. I know I can be fast, I just don't want to make the same mistakes I did last year. I can't wait to be in Saudi Arabia. I've never been before, but I'm pretty excited to race there. When I saw the videos and had a look at the scenery, it was like 'wow!'. It's like you're riding on the moon! That's what it looked like sometimes. So I said to myself that I have to get back and I have to be on the start line in Saudi Arabia."

Vehicle

BIG SHOCK RACING

  • Mark : KTM
  • Model : 450 RALLY
  • Performance tuner : Big Shock Racing
  • Assistance : Big Shock Racing
  • Class : G2.1 Super production

Ranking 2020

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1 34 34 34
2 32 32 31
3 39 39 33
4 68 67 40
5 50 50 38
6 42 41 37
7 49 52 38
8 - - 38
9 32 31 36
10 86 101 60
11 40 40 56
12 31 31 54

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