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Cycle News 2020 Issue 13 March 31

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2020 DAKAR RALLY WINNER RICKY BRABEC P50 Interview B eing jilted at the 2019 Dakar Rally was a sting Ricky Bra- bec will never forget. But suf- fering a mechanical failure while lead- ing the overall was what fueled the Southern Californian to new heights when it came to training for the 2020 Dakar Rally. Brabec and the Monster Energy Honda team went to extreme lengths to prepare for the first-ever Saudi Arabian running of the famous race, and thanks to doing the work in the months ahead, when January 2020 rolled around, Brabec sailed to what he calls an easy win—if winning the toughest off-road race on the planet could ever be called "easy." The victory wasn't just a landmark in Brabec's career but in Ameri- can motorsports, as he is the first American in history to conquer the infamous Dakar Rally. It also marked a return to the winner's circle for Honda, bringing KTM's 18-year stranglehold on the race to a halt. Ricky Brabec brought the Dakar Rally trophy to the United States for the first time in history. E A S Y R I D E R BY JEAN TURNER AND KIT PALMER PHOTOGRAPHY BY MONSTER ENERGY HONDA HRC

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