Ricky Brabec. The new off-road prodigy arrives from California

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American Ricky Brabec is the new boy in the Team HRC fold. The team’s fifth member, who will sport the official colours of Honda in the 2016 Rally Dakar, arrives fresh off the back of an intense string of successes in the American desert.

Team HRC’s newcomer has emerged rapidly as the top American off-road rider with a particular gift for desert races. 2014 saw him reach a new historic milestone after winning everything possible in this discipline: the Hare & Hound competition, Best in the Desert and SCORE International, as well as the legendary races Baja 250, Baja 500 and Baja 1000. Now, Brabec is all set to take up the toughest challenge of them all – the Dakar Rally – as he becomes the youngest ever American rider to debut in the great off-road odyssey.

Ricky Brabec was born and bred in Southern California, USA and grew up wishing to make it as the world’s off-road number one. As a restless child, he first took up the bicycle and on rare occasions was let loose a motorbike, which soon turned into a passion for Ricky. By sixteen there was no turning back and was at odds with the world without two wheels, petrol, boots and helmets.

Team HRC Team Manager Wolfgang Fischer put him into Team HRC for a trial in the first round of the 2015 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship, in Abu Dhabi. As a “wild card” entry on the official Honda CRF450 RALLY he performed excellently and finished fifth overall as well as finishing top of the junior category (Under 23).

The rider’s aim is now to establish himself with Team HRC Rally, one of the competition’s official factory teams. Ricky will be looking to make his presence felt in some of the stages and let the entire world know about his speed.

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