Ricky Brabec has ended Honda’s 31-year wait for victory at the Dakar Rally, with the American ending KTM’s streak of 18 straight wins in the bike category.
Brabec’s historic win comes after he claimed the lead in Stage 3, and he never looked back as he claimed victory on his fifth attempt in the gruelling event.
The Honda rider managed to hold off a spirited Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla, who was able to cut the deficit from 25 to 13 minutes heading into the final stage.
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Brabec’s victory also ensured Toby Price failed to defend his famous 2019 win – but the Australian, despite a trying fortnight, brought home a well-deserved fifth podium in six attempts.
It was a story of redemption for Brabec, who had been leading when he retired with an engine failure last year.
Brabec’s win was based off consistency, with the American placing in the top five in all but one stage after he took the rally lead in Stage 3.
Although he held the lead, Brabec didn’t let up on the final day and fought for stage honours with teammate Jose Ignacio Cornejo, who won the finale by just 53 seconds.
Price ensured KTM remained on the podium despite missing victory, with the Aussie keeping alive his staggering Dakar record.
The KTM ace has finished in the top three in ever Dakar he has finished since his 2015 debut, and was ultimately 24m06s down on Brabec.
Cornejo, Matthias Walkner (KTM), Luciano Benavides (KTM), Joan Barreda (Honda), Franco Caimi (Yamaha), and Husqvarna duo Skyler Howes and Andrew Short, completed the top 10.