Ricky Brabec retires from 2019 Dakar Rally with broken engine

American Ricky Brabec forced out of the Dakar Rally for the second year in a row with broken engine on his Factory HRC CRF450 Rally.

 

The Monster Energy Honda Rally Team has suffered another blow to their efforts to claim the Dakar Rally crown with a mechanical failure which has taken the rally leader, Ricky Brabec, out of the eighth stage of the 2019 event. 

Luck plays a cruel role in motorsport and surely Brabec must be wondering what he has to do. Indeed he had looked like being Honda’s best hope for victory and clearly proved he has what it takes as a rider. 

That’s two years on the bounce his Rally Team HRC race bike has blown an engine late into the rally after he fell to the same fate on stage 10 in 2018. 

The blown engine occurred on today's stage eight of the Dakar, just 57km into the 360km special. In 2018 Ricky made it to the third stage from the end when his engine blew 52km into a stage.

Speaking at the scene of the breakdown, Brabec said: "It's unreal. The rally was perfect for me until today. I just lost power to the bike and that's it, I have no words. Dakar bites again."

This leaves two of the five rider Honda team in the 2019 Dakar Rally after Joan Barreda went out early after getting stuck and Paulo Goncalves had a big accident during the fifth stage.

 
Photo Credit: Rally Team HRC 
 
 
 
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Jon Pearson
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