Dakar 2021: Can Ricky Pull Off One Of The Greatest Comebacks To Win?

01 Brabec Ricky (usa), Honda, Monster Energy Honda Team 2021, Motul, Moto, Bike, action during the 10th stage of the Dakar 2021 between Neom and Al-Ula, in Saudi Arabia on January 13, 2021 – Photo Antonin Vincent / DPPI

Ricky Brabec ( Monster Energy Honda) has endured a Dakar that he probably wanted to forget until yesterday. Brabec had the ride of his life on Stage 10 after race leader Jose Cornejo (Honda) suffered a major crash 252km and was forced to retire due to a ‘risk of concussion’ – after completing the stage.

The American rider rode like a man possessed – pulling back 5 minutes in the overall standings and winning the stage by 3m15s from Honda teammate Joan Barreda, as Kevin Benavides slipped to third on the stage. Benavides now leads the rally overall by 51s from Brabec, with Jose Cornejo officially classified another 16s down in third overall after losing 17 minutes on the stage, although Cornejo won’t take any further part in the rally.

Another American – KTM privateer Skyler Howes was the marque’s top finisher on Stage 10 in fourth, leading factory riders Matthias Walkner and Daniel Sanders and the Yamaha of Adrien van Beveren.

Todays Stage 11 of the Dakar, which is the penultimate stage of the 2021 edition, has been shortened by 47 kilometres due to bad weather in the area which erased the tracks on the course. This means American Ricky Brabec has 47 less kilometers to claw back a 51 second deficit in the overall standings from Kevin Benavides.

Stay tuned. Can Ricky, who starts first today, find his way to overall victory again?

Dakar Leaderboard After Stage 10

1Argentina Kevin BenavidesHonda40hr20m08s
2United States Ricky BrabecHonda51s
3Chile Jose Ignacio Cornejo*Honda1m07s
4United Kingdom Sam SunderlandKTM10m36s
5Spain Joan BarredaHonda15m40s
6United States Skyler HowesKTM29m38s
7Australia Daniel SandersKTM30m55s
8Spain Lorenzo SantolinoSherco40m41s
9Chile Pablo QuintanillaHusqvarna1hr04m02s
10France Adrien van BeverenYamaha1hr12m22s