2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results: KTM Wins 17 Straight (Best of Bikes Video)

KTM 450 Rally pilot Matthias Walkner at 2018 Dakar Rally
2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results: Winner KTM's Matthias Walkner

2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results – Video

The 2018 Dakar Rally began with 167 motorcycles, but due to the grueling conditions of the 40th edition of the rally that brought riders nearly 5600 miles (2600 of those timed), only 85 finished.

Leading the way was last year’s runner-up finisher, Red Bull KTM 450 Rally pilot Matthias Walkner, who rode a nearly flawless 2018 Dakar Rally. He had only won one of 14 stages, but his consistency lead to victory.

KTM 450 Rally pilot Matthias Walkner at 2018 Dakar Rally
2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results: Winner KTM’s Matthias Walkner

This also helped KTM keep their winning streak going. The “Ready to Race” brand now has 17-straight wins at Dakar Rally, including last year’s winner Sam Sunderland who unfortunately had to retire this year while leading.

Joining the Austrian on the overall podium were Monster Energy Honda’s Kevin Benavides (Argentina) and another Red Bull KTM Factory Team pilot, Toby Price (Australia). Benavides finished 16 minutes 53 seconds behind, and Price 23 minutes behind.

Walkner claimed the win even after suffering a crash in local traffic on the opening day. But from there he remained focus, and didn’t have any huge errors in crashes or navigation.

After two weeks of racing and over 43 hours of timed specials, Matthias crossed the line as the 2018 Dakar Champion.

“It has been an amazing Dakar for me. I still can’t believe that I managed to do it in the end. The rally has gone really well, even when I didn’t quite get the results I was hoping for, I kept my head down and concentrated on the finish, not just each individual stage,” Matthias Walkner said.

“Good navigation and staying focused won the rally for me – that and the backing of my team who have been there the whole way with me. It’s nice to be able to reward them with this win. After my injury of 2016, to be able to stand here as a Dakar Champion is a dream come true.”

2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results: KTM's Matthias Walkner
2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results: Winner KTM’s Matthias Walkner

Pit Beirer (KTM Motorsport Director) also commented after the win: “It goes without saying that winning the Rally Dakar for the 17th consecutive time is an incredible achievement for KTM. I’d like to congratulate Matthias on his first victory at the event in what was an exceptionally tough race.

“This result is a testament to the hard work of everyone involved, from our R&D department in Mattighofen, to the team on the ground in South America, and I’m proud that it has paid off yet again, especially with the new KTM 450 RALLY machine. Our warriors have certainly delivered, and now we can celebrate and enjoy the stories of this year’s race.”

As for the Americans, Monster Energy Honda’s Ricky Brabec was unable to finish. While in sixth overall, he had an electrical problem in the penultimate stage, forcing him to retire.

The others finished as follows:

  • Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing’s Andrew Short finished 17th, over four hours behind.
  • MEC Team’s Marc Samuels finished 22nd, over six hours behind
  • DUUST Rally Team’s Shane Esposito finished 25th, over seven hours behind

Check out the video above for KTM recap.

2018 Dakar Rally Motorcycle Results: Overall Finishers

Pos.Exp.Drive-TeamMark-ModelTimeVariationPenality
12

MATTHIAS WALKNER

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM43h 06′ 01”00h 01′ 00”
247

KEVIN BENAVIDES

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM43h 22′ 54”+ 00h 16′ 53”
38

TOBY PRICE

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM43h 29′ 02”+ 00h 23′ 01”
419

ANTOINE MEO

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM43h 53′ 29”+ 00h 47′ 28”00h 01′ 00”
53

GERARD FARRES GUELL

HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.44h 07′ 05”+ 01h 01′ 04”
640

JOHNNY AUBERT

GAS GAS MOTORSPORT44h 59′ 54”+ 01h 53′ 53”00h 20′ 00”
761

ORIOL MENA

HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY45h 28′ 53”+ 02h 22′ 52”
810

PABLO QUINTANILLA

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING45h 30′ 06”+ 02h 24′ 05”
929

DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS

HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.45h 43′ 21”+ 02h 37′ 20”
1068

JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM45h 48′ 37”+ 02h 42′ 36”
1112

JUAN PEDRERO GARCIA

SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY45h 51′ 59”+ 02h 45′ 58”00h 16′ 00”
1215

LAIA SANZ

KTM FACTORY RACING TEAM46h 02′ 03”+ 02h 56′ 02”00h 02′ 00”
1333

DANIEL NOSIGLIA JAGER

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING46h 04′ 30”+ 02h 58′ 29”00h 01′ 00”
1417

ARMAND MONLEON

DAMING RACING TEAM46h 12′ 42”+ 03h 06′ 41”
1560

JONATHAN BARRAGAN NEVADO

GAS GAS MOTORSPORT46h 19′ 03”+ 03h 13′ 02”00h 20′ 00”
1644

RODNEY FAGGOTTER

YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL RALLY TEAM47h 04′ 17”+ 03h 58′ 16”
1754

ANDREW SHORT

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING47h 19′ 43”+ 04h 13′ 42”
1827

DIEGO MARTIN DUPLESSIS

MEC TEAM47h 38′ 40”+ 04h 32′ 39”00h 10′ 00”
1934

MARC SOLA TERRADELLAS

HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.48h 44′ 00”+ 05h 37′ 59”
2052

JACOPO CERUTTI

MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG)48h 44′ 45”+ 05h 38′ 44”00h 05′ 00”
2164

MARK SAMUELS

MEC TEAM49h 17′ 07”+ 06h 11′ 06”01h 00′ 00”
2242

MAURIZIO GERINI

SOLARYS RACING TEAM49h 43′ 04”+ 06h 37′ 03”00h 12′ 30”
2328

EMANUEL GYENES

AUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM50h 02′ 42”+ 06h 56′ 41”
2458

MACIEJ GIEMZA

ORLEN TEAM50h 07′ 11”+ 07h 01′ 10”00h 05′ 00”
25103

SHANE ESPOSITO

DUUST RALLY TEAM50h 43′ 45”+ 07h 37′ 44”02h 05′ 00”
26128

MAIKEL SMITS

BAS DAKAR TEAM51h 19′ 54”+ 08h 13′ 53”00h 15′ 00”
2735

LOIC MINAUDIER

NOMADE RACING ASSISTANCE52h 27′ 05”+ 09h 21′ 04”
2816

OLIVIER PAIN

TEAM TOP52h 34′ 45”+ 09h 28′ 44”00h 15′ 00”
2925

IVAN CERVANTES MONTERO

HIMOINSA RACING TEAM.52h 48′ 55”+ 09h 42′ 54”00h 14′ 00”
3031

CRISTIAN ESPANA MUNOZ

GAS GAS MOTORSPORT53h 28′ 06”+ 10h 22′ 05”03h 15′ 00”
3141

ALESSANDRO RUOSO

PROMOTORACING53h 30′ 58”+ 10h 24′ 57”00h 03′ 00”
3276

MOHAMMED BALOOSHI

RIDE TO ABU DHABI54h 07′ 25”+ 11h 01′ 24”00h 15′ 00”
33100

LYNDON POSKITT

RACES TO PLACES54h 18′ 11”+ 11h 12′ 10”
3449

SANTOSH CHUNCHUNGUPPE SHIVASHANKAR

HERO MOTOSPORTS TEAM RALLY54h 35′ 32”+ 11h 29′ 31”00h 01′ 00”
3551

HANS-JOS LIEFHEBBER

LIEFHEBBER55h 06′ 25”+ 12h 00′ 24”00h 02′ 00”
3645

DAVID THOMAS

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING55h 06′ 59”+ 12h 00′ 58”00h 06′ 00”
3779

MAX HUNT

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING55h 25′ 36”+ 12h 19′ 35”
3836

PATRICIO CABRERA

KAWASAKI CHILE CIDEF55h 36′ 49”+ 12h 30′ 48”00h 15′ 00”
3991

JAN BRABEC

BIG SHOCK RACING55h 48′ 01”+ 12h 42′ 00”03h 03′ 00”
4071

ALBERTO SANTIAGO ONTIVEROS

SAN JUAN55h 58′ 21”+ 12h 52′ 20”
4148

JURGEN VAN DEN GOORBERGH

HEISTERKAMP KTM56h 28′ 16”+ 13h 22′ 15”00h 01′ 00”
4243

DAVID PABISKA

BARTH RACING TEAM56h 31′ 27”+ 13h 25′ 26”
4356

FAUSTO MOTA

TESLA-TAMEGA RALLY TEAM56h 48′ 18”+ 13h 42′ 17”00h 06′ 00”
4481

SHINNOSUKE KAZAMA

SPIRIT OF KAZAMA57h 47′ 15”+ 14h 41′ 14”
4572

ARNOLD BRUCY

AL DESERT58h 38′ 21”+ 15h 32′ 20”
4663

ADRIEN MARE

TEAM CASTEU AVENTURE59h 04′ 01”+ 15h 58′ 00”01h 01′ 00”
4782

PETR VLCEK

KLYMCIW RACING60h 25′ 22”+ 17h 19′ 21”
48135

OSCAR ROMERO MONTOYA

TESLA-TAMEGA RALLY TEAM60h 31′ 23”+ 17h 25′ 22”02h 15′ 00”
49121

EDWIN STRAVER

EDWIN STRAVER61h 48′ 13”+ 18h 42′ 12”00h 10′ 00”
5080

LAURENT LAZARD

TEAM LAURENT LAZARD62h 16′ 29”+ 19h 10′ 28”
5195

JUAN AGUSTIN ROJO

CHILECITO RALLY TEAM62h 45′ 17”+ 19h 39′ 16”00h 20′ 00”
52108

FAUSTO VIGNOLA

SOLARYS RACING TEAM62h 47′ 46”+ 19h 41′ 45”02h 17′ 00”
53107

FERRAN JUBANY

DUUST RALLY TEAM63h 36′ 09”+ 20h 30′ 08”00h 01′ 00”
54125

DONOVAN VAN DE LANGENBERG

MYDARINGADVENTURE63h 53′ 17”+ 20h 47′ 16”00h 10′ 00”
5578

PAWEL STASIACZEK

DUUST RALLY TEAM64h 17′ 33”+ 21h 11′ 32”01h 01′ 00”
56127

FERNANDO HERNANDEZ

HT64h 28′ 04”+ 21h 22′ 03”00h 06′ 00”
5793

MACIEJ BERDYSZ

MACIEJ BERDYSZ64h 35′ 16”+ 21h 29′ 15”
5859

WILLEM DU TOIT

BAS DAKAR TEAM64h 43′ 52”+ 21h 37′ 51”
5996

NICOLAS BRABECK-LETMATHE

TEAM CASTEU65h 22′ 14”+ 22h 16′ 13”02h 20′ 00”
60138

ROMAIN LELOUP

TEAM REPAR’STORES65h 31′ 47”+ 22h 25′ 46”01h 40′ 00”
6197

SCOTT BRITNELL

GRIT ADVENTURES66h 07′ 50”+ 23h 01′ 49”00h 05′ 00”
6246

MAURICIO JAVIER GOMEZ

PACO GOMEZ66h 29′ 40”+ 23h 23′ 39”02h 12′ 00”
6384

PATRICE CARILLON

67h 03′ 40”+ 23h 57′ 39”00h 52′ 00”
6457

PHILIPPE CAVELIUS

68h 04′ 47”+ 24h 58′ 46”03h 00′ 00”
65123

SEBASTIAN CAVALLERO

AREQUIPEÑOS AL DAKAR69h 42′ 08”+ 26h 36′ 07”02h 15′ 00”
66105

BILL CONGER

KLYMCIW RACING69h 46′ 13”+ 26h 40′ 12”00h 05′ 00”
67111

SANTIAGO BERNAL

KTM COLOMBIA72h 24′ 04”+ 29h 18′ 03”02h 38′ 00”
6888

JAN VESELY

MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG)72h 54′ 16”+ 29h 48′ 15”00h 10′ 00”
69106

SIMON MARCIC

MARCIC73h 03′ 44”+ 29h 57′ 43”00h 53′ 00”
70146

BRUNO RAYMOND

RAYMOND BRUNO76h 01′ 17”+ 32h 55′ 16”10h 10′ 00”
71141

LIVIO METELLI

76h 05′ 34”+ 32h 59′ 33”10h 02′ 00”
7267

MARKUS BERTHOLD

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING79h 13′ 56”+ 36h 07′ 55”08h 11′ 00”
73113

SEBASTIAN ALBERTO URQUIA

X RAIDS PJM GENERAL DEHEZA80h 15′ 39”+ 37h 09′ 38”08h 09′ 00”
74116

ZHAO HONGYI

DAMING RACING TEAM80h 52′ 33”+ 37h 46′ 32”09h 00′ 00”
7550

MIRJAM POL

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING81h 45′ 39”+ 38h 39′ 38”10h 00′ 00”
76101

FRANCISCO JOSE GOMEZ PALLAS

TEAM DAKAR GALICIA82h 13′ 05”+ 39h 07′ 04”11h 11′ 00”
77115

JACK LUNDIN

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING83h 32′ 22”+ 40h 26′ 21”11h 16′ 00”
78114

LEANDRO BERTONA ALTIERI

LEANDRO BERTONA89h 03′ 14”+ 45h 57′ 13”13h 55′ 00”
7989

GABOR SAGHMEISTER

SAGHMEISTER TEAM94h 36′ 12”+ 51h 30′ 11”15h 00′ 00”
8085

NICOLAS BILLAUD

VILLAGE MOTOS TEAM OBJECTIF AVENTURE95h 10′ 35”+ 52h 04′ 34”14h 13′ 00”
8198

BALYS BARDAUSKAS

PERKUNAS99h 29′ 43”+ 56h 23′ 42”19h 48′ 00”
82143

ALVARO COPPOLA

TEAM LAURENT LAZARD103h 33′ 43”+ 60h 27′ 42”20h 01′ 00”
83118

LUC VAN DE HUIJGEVOORT

BAS DAKAR TEAM107h 01′ 26”+ 63h 55′ 25”25h 40′ 00”
84119

OSWALDO BURGA

LALO BURGA109h 10′ 21”+ 66h 04′ 20”24h 56′ 00”
85129

GERRY VAN DER BYL

BAS DAKAR TEAM123h 01′ 52”+ 79h 55′ 51”26h 18′ 00”