2020 Dakar Rally Results: Honda’s Brabec Claims 1st Win for USA (Video)

2020 Dakar Rally Results: Honda's Brabec Claims 1st Win for USA

For the past 18 consecutive years, KTM has dominated the Dakar Rally, winning each event in dominating style. Two legendary names are associated with KTM and Dakar – the now-retired Marc Coma and Cyril Despres, who moved to automobile compeition.

But KTM’s amazing run ended in 2020 when Honda claimed the victory in Saudi Arabia for the 42nd edition of the “world’s toughest endurance race.”

The feat was Honda’s first win at Dakar in 31 years, the previous arriving in 1989 with France’s Filles Lalay at the controls of an NXR750.

Honda wins 2020 Dakar RallyWhat’s more impressive is who won. Ricky Brabec became the first American to ever win the Dakar Rally. The Hesperia, Calif., rider only won two of 12 stage victories. The Monster Energy Honda CRF450 Rally pilot earned the overall lead after stage three and remained first for the remainder of the rally, which for the first time ever occurred in Saudi Arabia.

The 28-year-old was joined on the overall 2020 Dakar Rally podium by Rockstar Energy Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla (Chile) and Red Bull KTM Rally Team’s Toby Price (Australia).

Brabec’s first appearance in Dakar was 2016. He suffered DNFs while in the lead in the 2019 and 2018 editions. But 2020 – his fifth year competing at the event that began in 1979 – finally marked his inaugural win.

“We finally did it! This victory couldn’t possibly be better for Honda and the team,” says Ricky Brabec. “It was a tough and long race, but the team worked great together.

“The riders were good, the mechanics were good, the whole team worked really well. The bikes were really good in today’s final stage, and our main goal was for everyone to get here safely. I can’t thank everybody enough.

“The Honda team, and everybody that stands behind us, I thank all of you. I’m also deeply grateful to my teammate until last year, Paulo Goncalves. This was the first time for the event in Saudi Arabia, and the scenery was insane. I love it! We’re going to be back next year!”

Ricky Brabec following 5000 miles of 2020 Dakar RallyThe 2020 Dakar Rally took riders nearly 5,000 miles in 12 stages (including one rest day), with 3,100 of those timed specials. Brabec claimed stages 3 and six. Stage 8 of the Motorcycle class was canceled due to the tragic death of Paulo Goncalves in Stage 7.

As for Honda, it first entered the Dakar Rally in 1981. Over the next nine years Honda would earn five tiles, including four straight:

  • Ciryl Neveu (1982, 1986, 1987)
  • Edi Orioli (1988)
  • Gilles Lalay (1989)

Honda dropped out of the Dakar Rally after 1989, and returned in 2013 with the CRF450 Rally. Despite finishing runner-up in 2015 and 2018, victory had eluded Honda until this year, the 8th attempt after returning to the Dakar in 2013.

Honda Team at 2020 Dakar Rally Ricky Brabec

“First, I would like to congratulate Ricky Brabec on his victory,” says Yoshishige Nomura, Honda Racing Corporation President. “Also, I thank Joan (Barreda), Kevin (Benavides) and José (Ignacio Cornejo) on their fine performances.

“And finally, I thank the team staff and development team for making this win possible. This is the 8th year since we returned to the Dakar, and we’ve finally won. We have learnt from our losses, and the cumulative effort of everyone involved over the past seven years gave us this wonderful result.

“The relentless work of every member, in other words, a Team Honda effort, made this possible. We must not forget that Paulo (Goncalves) contributed immensely to the first six years, and we thank him, and pray he rests in peace. We are also deeply grateful to all of our sponsors, and our fans worldwide.”

2020 Dakar Rally Results: Honda's Brabec Claims 1st Win for USA

2020 Dakar Rally Final Results

Pos.Exp.Drive-TeamMark-ModelTimeVariationPenality
19

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202040h 02′ 36”
25

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING40h 19′ 02”+ 00h 16′ 26”
31

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM40h 26′ 42”+ 00h 24′ 06”00h 02′ 00”
417

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202040h 34′ 19”+ 00h 31′ 43”00h 01′ 00”
52

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM40h 37′ 36”+ 00h 35′ 00”
616

RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM40h 40′ 10”+ 00h 37′ 34”
712

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202040h 53′ 33”+ 00h 50′ 57”00h 15′ 00”
822

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM41h 45′ 11”+ 01h 42′ 35”00h 05′ 00”
959

KLYMCIW RACING42h 06′ 37”+ 02h 04′ 01”
106

ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY RACING42h 13′ 16”+ 02h 10′ 40”00h 30′ 00”
1119

SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM42h 16′ 08”+ 02h 13′ 32”
1211

SHERCO TVS RALLY FACTORY42h 35′ 50”+ 02h 33′ 14”00h 15′ 00”
1356

YAMAHA MOTOR AUSTRALIA42h 56′ 58”+ 02h 54′ 22”00h 20′ 00”
1474

FN SPEED TEAM43h 34′ 34”+ 03h 31′ 58”00h 02′ 00”
1528

MONSTER ENERGY YAMAHA RALLY TEAM43h 45′ 00”+ 03h 42′ 24”00h 14′ 00”
1625

LS2 AVENTURA TOUAREG43h 48′ 09”+ 03h 45′ 33”00h 40′ 00”
1735

ORLEN TEAM43h 54′ 18”+ 03h 51′ 42”
1814

GAS GAS FACTORY TEAM44h 00′ 52”+ 03h 58′ 16”
197

MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM 202044h 05′ 07”+ 04h 02′ 31”00h 15′ 00”
2042

SOLARYS RACING44h 10′ 52”+ 04h 08′ 16”00h 03′ 00”
2118

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM44h 25′ 56”+ 04h 23′ 20”00h 15′ 00”
2241

SOLARYS RACING44h 28′ 36”+ 04h 26′ 00”
23132

MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG)44h 33′ 17”+ 04h 30′ 41”
2495

NOMADE RACING45h 24′ 21”+ 05h 21′ 45”00h 07′ 00”
2537

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING45h 53′ 19”+ 05h 50′ 43”00h 03′ 00”
2629

MOTO RACING GROUP (MRG)46h 05′ 45”+ 06h 03′ 09”
2753

YAMAHA FINO MOTOR RACING46h 17′ 57”+ 06h 15′ 21”00h 21′ 00”
2851

FN SPEED TEAM46h 51′ 54”+ 06h 49′ 18”00h 13′ 00”
2944

AUTONET MOTORCYCLE TEAM48h 05′ 07”+ 08h 02′ 31”
3034

ARUNAS GELAZNINKAS48h 18′ 27”+ 08h 15′ 51”00h 15′ 00”
3138

XRAIDS TEAM48h 45′ 30”+ 08h 42′ 54”00h 10′ 00”
3231

KTM FACTORY TEAM48h 46′ 45”+ 08h 44′ 09”
3378

TEAM JOG – NOMADE RACING49h 09′ 21”+ 09h 06′ 45”00h 01′ 00”
3439

BENJAMIN MELOT49h 17′ 41”+ 09h 15′ 05”
3533

TEAM ALL TRACKS49h 50′ 23”+ 09h 47′ 47”
3669

TEAM VAYSSADE FLORENT50h 38′ 46”+ 10h 36′ 10”
3761

ANTHO MOTO SPORT – DRAG’ON RALLY TEAM50h 52′ 54”+ 10h 50′ 18”00h 02′ 00”
3852

PETR VLCEK51h 51′ 33”+ 11h 48′ 57”00h 05′ 00”
39138

TEAM REPAR’STORES52h 00′ 32”+ 11h 57′ 56”
40130

KLYMCIW RACING52h 40′ 26”+ 12h 37′ 50”02h 22′ 00”
4154

HT RALLY RAID HUSQVARNA RACING53h 37′ 39”+ 13h 35′ 03”00h 01′ 00”
42134

WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM54h 14′ 28”+ 14h 11′ 52”01h 20′ 00”
4385

NOMADE RACING54h 17′ 51”+ 14h 15′ 15”
4471

115MOTO54h 34′ 45”+ 14h 32′ 09”00h 01′ 00”
4572

NOMADE RACING54h 51′ 52”+ 14h 49′ 16”00h 29′ 00”
4691

XRAIDS TEAM54h 58′ 18”+ 14h 55′ 42”00h 05′ 00”
4757

CAVELIUS TEAM55h 04′ 00”+ 15h 01′ 24”00h 02′ 00”
4849

TEAM CASTEU55h 31′ 25”+ 15h 28′ 49”00h 00′ 30”
49106

ALESSANDRO BARBERO55h 34′ 34”+ 15h 31′ 58”01h 32′ 00”
5097

MARCIC55h 43′ 02”+ 15h 40′ 26”
5160

WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM55h 46′ 53”+ 15h 44′ 17”00h 01′ 00”
52107

NOMADE RACING56h 04′ 31”+ 16h 01′ 55”00h 12′ 00”
53152

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM56h 09′ 08”+ 16h 06′ 32”
5443

BIG SHOCK RACING56h 14′ 54”+ 16h 12′ 18”06h 56′ 00”
55117

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM56h 28′ 16”+ 16h 25′ 40”
5658

RIDES 4 HOPE56h 29′ 26”+ 16h 26′ 50”00h 07′ 00”
57133

TROYKATEAM56h 53′ 57”+ 16h 51′ 21”00h 02′ 00”
5863

DUUST RALLY TEAM56h 56′ 27”+ 16h 53′ 51”00h 05′ 00”
59113

X RAIDS PJM GENERAL DEHEZA57h 09′ 16”+ 17h 06′ 40”00h 04′ 00”
60104

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM57h 30′ 54”+ 17h 28′ 18”00h 05′ 00”
61128

CALIDOSO RACING TEAM57h 32′ 20”+ 17h 29′ 44”01h 00′ 00”
62139

NOMADE RACING57h 39′ 37”+ 17h 37′ 01”00h 01′ 00”
63100

STUART GREGORY58h 22′ 13”+ 18h 19′ 37”00h 05′ 00”
6484

WU PU DA HAI DAO DAKAR RALLY TEAM58h 28′ 49”+ 18h 26′ 13”01h 20′ 00”
65127

SEB COJEAN58h 40′ 19”+ 18h 37′ 43”00h 48′ 30”
6664

XRAIDS TEAM59h 22′ 13”+ 19h 19′ 37”00h 44′ 00”
67129

TEAM PRO TORK59h 31′ 37”+ 19h 29′ 01”00h 52′ 30”
6876

RED BULL ROMANIACS59h 34′ 03”+ 19h 31′ 27”00h 43′ 00”
6981

PEDREGA TEAM59h 40′ 09”+ 19h 37′ 33”00h 28′ 00”
70110

BMS MOTO59h 54′ 11”+ 19h 51′ 35”00h 42′ 00”
7170

MISHAL ALGHUNEIM60h 03′ 34”+ 20h 00′ 58”00h 04′ 30”
7282

DUUST RALLY TEAM60h 47′ 53”+ 20h 45′ 17”
73111

CESARE ZACCHETTI61h 02′ 32”+ 20h 59′ 56”01h 20′ 00”
74142

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM61h 04′ 02”+ 21h 01′ 26”01h 05′ 00”
75109

NSM RACING TEAM61h 05′ 25”+ 21h 02′ 49”00h 40′ 00”
76158

TREVOR WILSON61h 56′ 00”+ 21h 53′ 24”01h 20′ 00”
77120

NOMADE RACING62h 05′ 19”+ 22h 02′ 43”
7877

TEAM JOG – ORIGINAL62h 15′ 21”+ 22h 12′ 45”00h 02′ 00”
7968

IVAR CS TEAM64h 07′ 52”+ 24h 05′ 16”00h 03′ 00”
80145

M.E.D. RACING TEAM64h 23′ 26”+ 24h 20′ 50”01h 03′ 00”
81114

ADVENTURE-TECH64h 30′ 22”+ 24h 27′ 46”00h 40′ 00”
8289

TMF RACING ASD65h 29′ 08”+ 25h 26′ 32”00h 40′ 00”
83108

FN SPEED TEAM66h 55′ 30”+ 26h 52′ 54”01h 05′ 00”
8479

TEAM JOG – ORIGINAL67h 07′ 54”+ 27h 05′ 18”01h 20′ 00”
8587

CIUDAD AUTÓNOMA DE MELILLA RACHID RALLY67h 42′ 32”+ 27h 39′ 56”01h 21′ 30”
8698

PONT GRUP YAMAHA68h 00′ 00”+ 27h 57′ 24”00h 40′ 00”
8799

PONT GRUP YAMAHA68h 01′ 31”+ 27h 58′ 55”00h 40′ 00”
88136

TEAM CASTEU68h 07′ 27”+ 28h 04′ 51”03h 10′ 00”
8994

LALO BURGA68h 37′ 03”+ 28h 34′ 27”03h 42′ 00”
90103

SAGHMEISTER TEAM70h 39′ 20”+ 30h 36′ 44”02h 00′ 00”
91125

RALLYE FRED72h 10′ 52”+ 32h 08′ 16”00h 40′ 00”
92137

TEAM CASTEU72h 32′ 22”+ 32h 29′ 46”05h 41′ 00”
93155

ABC OLD FARM RACING74h 57′ 00”+ 34h 54′ 24”01h 20′ 00”
94154

EDUARDO IGLESIAS SANCHEZ78h 22′ 13”+ 38h 19′ 37”02h 40′ 00”
9588

TEAM TIERRASTUR79h 20′ 19”+ 39h 17′ 43”02h 05′ 00”
96143

BAS DAKAR KTM RACING TEAM80h 27′ 03”+ 40h 24′ 27”00h 40′ 00”