Honda Dakar-Sieg mit Ricky Brabec

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Ricky Brabec: Beflügelt durch die Schönheit der Wüste.

Honda hat die Rallye Dakar 2020 gewonnen! Acht Jahre nach der Rückkehr des offiziellen HRC-Teams zur härtesten Rallye der Welt pilotierte der Amerikaner Ricky Brabec die CRF450 Rally zum Sieg, vor Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) und Toby Price (KTM). Die beeindruckende Serie von KTM, beim abenteuerlichen Event seit 2001 ununterbrochen siegreich, fand somit ein Ende. Die Dakar ging erstmals in Saudi Arabien über die Bühne. 

Ricky Brabec ist der erste amerikanische Fahrer, der die Rallye Dakar gewonnen konte. Er führte den Wettbewerb seit der dritten Etappe an. Die Rallye umfasste rund 5000 Kilometer gezeitete Sonderprüfungen, die Gesamtstrecke betrug 7800 Kilometern. 2013 war Honda nach 23-jähriger Abwesenheit mit einem Werksteam zur Rallye Dakar zurückgekehrt. 

Die #9 behielt die Nase vorne: Ami Brabec mit der Honda CRF450 Rally im Sandkasten.

Ricky Brabec, Honda, Sieger: »It’s a dream come true. Hopefully we can come back next year and repeat it. I know that it’s not going to be easy as the Husky and KTM boys will be breathing down our necks. I’m really excited to be here for Honda and for America as well. To be the only American to accomplish this goal is amazing. I think it’s really a dream come true. Now we’ve got to set our goals higher and accomplish more. We are going to come back next year and try and repeat this but, as I said, it’s not easy. We are happy. It was a big, tough race. A lot of kilometres. The team worked great together. The riders were good and the whole team worked well together so I’m really happy. The bikes were really good. We are all here. We are all happy and safe. That was the first goal. I can’t thank everyone enough – Honda, Monster and every one of the sponsors behind us. Thank you all so much. It’s the first time in Saudi Arabia. The scenery was insane! I love it. Hopefully I’ll be back next year. I’ve got a five-year contract so I think we’ll be back

Pablo Quintanilla, Husqvarna, Endrang 2: “I feel amazing. To spend most of 2019 in recovery and now to be here with my best ever result makes me extremely grateful. I never thought that I would be in this position at the beginning of the race. I would like to thank the team for their hard work over these two weeks – they have done an amazing job. Overall, my race has gone really well, it’s been a tough event for everybody, and the main goal was always to reach the finish. A podium at the Dakar is like a dream come true, especially after such a hard one this year. I still want that win so I’ll work hard and be back next year.”

Toby Price, KTM, Endrang 3: “I’m really happy with another podium at the Dakar – every time I’ve made it to the finish at this event I’ve got onto the podium. So far, I’m either a number one or a number three guy. The most important thing is to be here safely at the finish. Obviously, we came here to win, but it just wasn’t our year. Yeah, after 18 wins in a row it would have been nice to get a 19th, but I think KTM’s winning streak won’t be topped for a very long time. We’ll go away now, regroup and come back stronger for 2021 and take that number one plate back.”

Matthias Walkner, KTM, Endrang 5 :“Firstly, it feels really good to cross the finish line, especially after such a fast Dakar in a new country. For sure, I’m not so happy with my result as my goal was to reach the podium. I know I made some mistakes in the first week where I lost some time, and it was very difficult to make that back up – especially as so many riders were competitive this year. The good thing is, I felt good with my speed and my navigation for most of the rally. Unfortunately, even with 11 good days, one bad day can spoil your race in rallying. Overall, I’m happy because I know I did my best and the team and the bike have been perfect.”

Resultate Dakar 2020

1BRABEC Ricky9USAMonster Energy Honda Team40:02’36
2QUINTANILLA Pablo5CHIHusqvarna Factory Rally Team+16’26
3PRICE Toby1AUSKTM Factory Racing Team+24’06
4CORNEJO José Ignacio17CHIMonster Energy Honda Team+31’43
5WALKNER Matthias2AUTKTM Factory Racing Team+35’00
6BENAVIDES Luciano16ARGKTM Factory Racing Team+37’34
7BARREDA Joan12SPAMonster Energy Honda Team+50’57
8CAIMI Franco22ARGYamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team+01:42’35
9HOWES Skyler59USAKlymciw Racing+02:04’01
10SHORT Andrew6USARockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing+02:10’40

Fotos: HRC, KTM/Rally-Zone

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