Ricky Brabec and the Honda Motorsports CRF450 Rally

The Dakar rally has been run almost continuously since 1979 in remote locations all over the world.

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Despite its name, the rally no longer takes place along the legendary Paris-to-Dakar route.

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The Rally moved to South America in 2009 over concerns for safety due to political unrest.

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For 2020, the race moved again, this time to Saudi Arabia.

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That change in location was just one factor that helped America take its first win ever in the Dakar.

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The American who did it was 28-year-old Ricky Brabec.

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Brabec has now run the Dakar five times, coming close to winning in 2019 before an engine failure ended his race.

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Ricky rode to victory on the Honda CRF450 Rally, a racing-only 450cc single-cylinder dual sport bike.

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