DAKAR 2023: BRABEC WINS STAGE ONE!

Ricky Brabec won stage One of the 2023 Dakar Rally and now has the overall lead. His win might not have been entirely intentional. After finishing 11th in the prologue, he was able to charge from behind while his teammate “Nacho” Corejo opened the stage. After a few navigational missteps, young American privateer Mason Klein found himself physically in front, but he too had minor issues. At the finish, GasGas Factory rider Daniel Sanders appeared to have the best time, but then the penalties came. Both Sanders and Joan Barreda were penalized for speeding and Brabec was pushed into the lead, which means he will have to open tomorrow’s stage. Last year’s winner Sam Sunderland was forced to abandon the rally today after an early crash resulted in a broken shoulder.

Nacho Cornejo opened much of the stage and still managed an 11th place finish.

Ricky Brabec: “Goal number one was not to open the stage. I feel quite well and confident after today, but I will just try to go day by day, keep pace and stay in the Top 10. It’s going to be hard to be out of the lead – like we saw today – but we have to see how it goes until the rest day. Today was fairly simple, no stress, it was a great day!”

Skyler Howes: “Man, if the whole rally was like this, I’d have a blast. It was a super fun stage. It had a mixture of just about everything, rocky canyons, and a lot of rocky tracks and some technical dunes… I had a lot of fun. Heading into the stage, I was a bit nervous to be in the front group. Nacho did an incredible job opening the stage. It’s really not ideal to open the stage this early in the rally.”

Mason Klein: “The navigation was super good. I really enjoy this kind of riding, this is like what I have back home. I’m pretty sure I’m going to get at least four minutes of penalties because in one of the speed zones it just goes from max speed 160 to 130, but it doesn’t say ‘130’ in the road book. I picked up four penalties straight away. After that I just decided to take it easy. It was super good and at least I know I can definitely win a stage in the future.”

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1 (USA) RICKY BRABEC MONSTER ENERGY HONDA 04H 14′ 10”
2 (ARG) KEVIN BENAVIDES RED BULL KTM FACTORY + 00H 00′ 19”
3 (AUS) TOBY PRICE RED BULL KTM FACTORY + 00H 00′ 39”
4 (ESP) JOAN BARREDA BORT JB TEAM+ 00H 00′ 45”
5 (AUS) DANIEL SANDERS RED BULL GASGAS FACTORY + 00H 00′ 45”
6 (USA) MASON KLEIN BAS WORLD KTM RACING + 00H 01′ 14”
7 (CHL) PABLO QUINTANILLA MONSTER ENERGY HONDA + 00H 02′ 07”
8 (FRA) ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN MONSTER ENERGY HONDA + 00H 04′ 17”
9 (USA) SKYLER HOWES HUSQVARNA FACTORY+ 00H 05′ 12”
10 (AUT) MATTHIAS WALKNER RED BULL KTM FACTORY + 00H 05′ 26”
32 (USA) JACOB ARGUBRIGHT DUUST RALLY TEAM + 00H 30′ 24”
55 (USA) PABLO COPETTI DEL AMO MOTORSPORTS + 00H 55′ 25”
80 (USA) KYLE MC COY ARO + 01H 22′ 06”
84 (USA) DAVID PEARSON ARO+ 01H 26′ 42”
87 (USA) PETR VLCEK DETYENS RACING+ 01H 29′ 31”
99 (USA) PAUL NEFF ARO + 01H 39′ 12”
118 (USA) JAMES PEARSON ARO + 02H 08′ 22”
132 (USA) MORRISON HART ARO + 03H 26′ 32”

 

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