Ricky Brabec makes history to become the first-ever American to win the world’s toughest and cruelest rally.

SAUDI ARABIA — A 28-year-old Monster Energy Honda Team rider from Hesperia named Ricky Brabec, just made history across the world in Saudi Arabia.

Title holders driver Ashan Silva and rider Dushan Mudalige are fully geared and in perfect shape to defend their crowns at the 24th SMSC Eliyakanda Hill Climb 2020, which will flag off at the hilly slopes of Browns Hill in Matara on Sunday, February 24.

Brabec today rode his factory CRF450 RALLY to overall motorcycle class victory in the final, 12th stage of the Dakar Rally 2020. His win gave Honda its first Dakar victory in 31 years, since its last win in 1989.

The Dakar Rally is known as “the most dangerous sporting event in the world,” this year’s race took drivers and riders over more than 7,000 km in 13 days, of which 75 percent was in the desert.

The 28-year-old American rider Ricky Brabec rode his first Dakar Rally in 2016 with Team HRC, making 2020 his fifth attempt.

After winning Stage 3 in this year’s edition, Brabec led the overall race, which he defended through solid riding in the subsequent stages, finally achieving his first overall win at the event. Teammates José Ignacio Cornejo finished 4th overall, and Joan Barreda 7th, placing three Monster Energy Honda Team riders in the top 10.