Team Monster Energy Honda
2021: 2nd (3 stage wins + prologue)
2020: 1st (2 stage wins)
2019: Ab. Stage 8 (1 stage win)
2018: Ab. Stage 13
2017: Ab. Stage 10 (1 stage win)
2021: Vegas to Reno (2nd)
2020: Sonora Rally (1st), Vegas to Reno (1st)
2019: Sonora Rally (1st), Atacama Rally (6th)
2018: Atacama Rally (9th), Desafio Ruta 40 (5th)
2017: Sonora Rally (1st), Vegas to Reno (1st)
2016: Atacama Rally (7th), Merzouga Rally (6th)
2014: San Felipe 250 (1st), Baja 500 (1st), Baja 1000 (1st), Vegas to Reno (1st)
At the foot of the podium
Since bursting onto the rally-raid scene in 2015, top Stateside desert racer Ricky Brabec has become one of the best riders in the discipline. The American finished fifth on his first ever rally in Abu Dhabi before going on to obtain an encouraging ninth place with the Honda factory team on his Dakar debut in 2016. In 2020, when the Dakar switched from South America to Saudi Arabia, the Californian crossed the finish line in Qiddiya in first place to become the first American to win the race and the first Honda rider to do so since Gilles Lalay in 1989. In 2021 Brabec won the prologue before yoyoing up and down the rankings on the first half of the race. Over the second half he won three of the last six stages to finish second behind his teammate Kevin Benavides, giving Honda a podium ‘1-2’. Ricky didn’t race much over the rest of the 2021 season but nevertheless finished second on the ‘Vegas to Reno’ and fourth on the Rallye du Maroc. On the 2022 Dakar the previous year’s scenario repeated itself, amplified by struggling with the navigation on the second day (classified 35th at the end of stage 1B). Finishing five times in the Top 5, including a podium, Ricky climbed back up to 7th place overall.
At the second round of the W2RC in Abu Dhabi, the factory Honda rider got back on track. By finishing behind Sunderland, the Californian pocketed 20 points, allowing him to get back in touch with the provisional podium. At the halfway point in the championship, Ricky has accumulated a total of 34 points and is just one point behind Matthias Walkner, who was third in the provisional standings. Thanks to Brabec's second and Quintanilla's third place in the Emirates, Honda have maintained their dominance in the manufacturers' standings with a total of 36 points to GasGas' 25. In Andalusia, for the third round of the W2RC, the winner of the 2020 Dakar will have the goal of climbing onto the provisional W2RC podium.