2018 Dakar: Bryce Menzies Crashes Out, Five U.S. Motorcycle Riders Remain
USA’s Representation Down to Five
The 40th edition of the Dakar rally is underway in South America, starting in Lima, Peru, and traversing the brutal-yet-scenic terrain of Peru, Bolivia, and Argentina. It’s the 10th time Dakar has been held in South America. The notorious rally spans a healthy portion of January, this year running Jan 6-20, with a rest day in La Paz, Bolivia, for a total of 14 stages and almost 5,600 miles of race fun. The much-welcomed finish line will be in Cordoba, Argentina, for the first time.
American competitors are generally not the favored-to-win competitors of Dakar, but there are definitely athletes under the American flag who fulfill lifelong dreams by competing in Dakar. Let’s take a look at the USA contenders for the 2018 Dakar, according to the start list. There are no listed entrants for Quad, SxS, and Truck. Unfortunately, we’re down to five Bike entrants, as Bryce Menzies, our sole Car competitor, cartwheeled his MINI vehicle in glorious fashion at the beginning of Stage 2.
Good luck to our fearless motorcycle riders, who will need great physical endurance, intense concentration, and consistent precision to brave the South American terrain.
#20 Ricky Brabec—Monster Energy Honda, Honda CRF 450 Rally, M_G1.1 Elite
#54 Andrew Short—Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing, Husqvarna FR 450 Rally, M_G2.1 Super Production
#64 Mark Samuels—Mec Team, Honda CRF 450 Rally, M_G2.1 Super Production
#103 Shane Esposito—Duust Rally Team, KTM Rally Replica, M_G2.1 Super Production
#105 Bill Conger—Klymciw Racing, Husqvarna FR 450 Rally, M_G2.1 Super Production
#310 Bryce Menzies and Peter Mortensen—X-Raid Team, MINI John Cooper Works Buggy, A_T1.4: 2WD, Diesel (Crashed out just 6 kilometers into Stage 2 after sitting in Fourth overall)