American Honda rider Ricky Brabec has been cleared of serious injury after a crash on Stage 3 of the 2023 Dakar Rally sent him to hospital with concerns about his neck.
“The first American to win the Dakar Rally, back in 2020, has suffered a fall after 274 km of the special stage,” read its post-stage release, in part.
“He was rescued by helicopter and is safe at the local hospital.
“After all exams, the medical staff at Ha’Il hospital confirms he has no fractures or other severe condition.
“For precaution, he will remain under observation for another 24 hours, but his condition is good.”
Team General Manager Ruben Faria, said, “I want to leave a special word to our rider Ricky Brabec, who had to leave the rally after a crash.
“Monster Energy Honda Team is proud of him and thankful for all his efforts.
“He is a great rider – for sure one of the best – and a good person. So we wish him a full and speedy recovery!”