Ricky Brabec secured the final victory in the Dakar Rally for the motorbikes on Friday. The American finished second in Saudi Arabia and that was enough for the win.
Brabec came in second in the twelfth and final stage at 53 seconds from the Chilean Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo. Australian Toby Price came in third at almost 2.5 minutes from the winner.
In the general classification, Brabec triumphs with a lead of 16 minutes and 26 seconds over nearest attacker Pablo Quintanilla, who finished fifth in the final stage. Price claimed the third place.
It was the fifth time that Brabec participated in the Dakar Rally and only the second time that he actually finished the desert rally. On his debut in 2016, the Monster Energy Honda Team driver finished ninth.
The final stage in the Dakar Rally was considerably shortened by the organization. The original 374 kilometers ran through an area known for its oil and gas extraction and where the pipes are currently being renewed. The revised special between Haradh and Qiddiya is 166 kilometers long.
The eleventh stage of Thursday was overshadowed by the motorbikes by the heavy crash of Edwin Straver. The Dutchman had to be resuscitated on the spot and was taken to a hospital in a critical condition. It is not known how he is doing now.