#LONESURVIVOR

FROM
DIRT TO
SAND

Jan
Brabec

Jan Brabec

JAN WAS BORN ON JUNE 23, 1983 IN HUSTOPEČE NEAR BRNO. AS EARLY AS 4 YEARS OLD HE GOT A BMX BIKE AND WITHIN THREE YEARS WON HIS FIRST MASTERS TITLE. THAT SAME YEAR HE GOT HIS FIRST MOTOCROSS BIKE AND UNDER THE DIRECTION OF HIS FATHER, HE BEGAN TO DEVOTE HIMSELF TO THE SPORT. JAN HAS BEEN UNDER THE SUPERVISION OF EXPERIENCED AND SEASONED MOTOCROSSERS SUCH AS MIREK KUČÍREKOR AND THEN STILL RACING PETR KUCHAŘ. AT THE AGE OF TWELVE, HE FIRST FLEW TO CALIFORNIA WITH HIS FATHER WHERE HE EARNED VALUABLE ADVICE AND EXPERIENCE FROM CASEY JOHNSON AND MOTOCROSS LEGEND JEREMY MCGRATH. SINCE THEN HE HAS BEEN RETURNING TO THE US REGULARLY TO CONTINUE GAININGKNOWLEDGE OF THIS EVOLVING SPORT.

JAN HAS WON SEVERAL HOME TITLES IN HIS CAREER INCLUDING HIS WIN AT RONDO IN BRNO. ALONG WITH HIS HOME TITLES HE ALSO COMPETED IN SEVERAL WORLD CHAMPIONSHIPS FOR FOREIGN TEAMS. HE RACED ON THE ITALIAN TEAM OF SRS HONDA FOR MULTIPLE YEARS. FOLLOWING THAT HE WAS APART OF THE DUTCH TEAM BOERSFOON SUZUKI. TOGETHER WITH MICHAL KADLEČEK AND JIRKA ČEPELÁK, HE PLACED FOURTEENTH IN THE MOTOCROSS OF THE NATIONS IN 2007. JAN HAS A PASSION FOR THIS SPORT AND IS ALWAYS LOOKING FOR NEW WAYS TO CHALLENGE HIMSELF.

BACK IN
THE GAME!

"I had a crash when we were testing in Tunisia. I had a highsider and hit a rock at 160 km/h. The bike catapulted me into the air and I crashed: seven broken bones, internal bleeding and everything. I had to crawl through the desert for an hour because nobody was around. My teammate Martin Macik and his truck crew were coming back from a photoshoot and found me on the ground. It happened at the beginning of June, so I didn't race this year. I was off the bike for three months. Everyone was like, 'wow, you're back so quickly.' I said, 'I need to start the Dakar!' I tried to train for Morocco, but that was impossible. So I've been training every day, and I'll be ready. It's been a tough six months, but I'm back in the game. I just got back from three days of training with my good friend Stefan Svitko. I'm slowing getting my speed back. For me, navigation is the key because I know I can be fast.

At Dakar 2019 I was running 16th on the sixth stage, then I got a huge penalty, nine hours. It was my mistake, but that's why I finished 34th. Even with my injury and everything, I hope to be in the top 20, that's my goal. If I set a target like that it helps me with training. I know I can be fast, I just don't want to make the same mistakes I did last year. I can't wait to be in Saudi Arabia. I've never been before, but I'm pretty excited to race there. When I saw the videos and had a look at the scenery, it was like 'wow!'. It's like you're riding on the moon! That's what it looked like sometimes. So I said to myself that I have to get back and I have to be on the start line in Saudi Arabia."

BEST OF
DAKAR 2020

ACHIEVEMENTS
AND RACE TIMELINE

1996

USA GFI SERIES 80 CC 1ST PLACE.
MULTI-CHAMPION OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC 80CC MOTOCROSS.

1999

3RD PLACE RONDO SUPERCROSS.
2ND PLACE SUPERCROSS CZECH CHAMPIONSHIP.

2000

1ST PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP CZ SUPERCROSS 125 CCM.
1ST PLACE CZECH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 125 CCM.

2001

1ST PLACE CZECH MOTOCROSS 125 CCM CHAMPIONSHIP.

2002

1ST PLACE CHAMPIONSHIP CZ SUPERCROSS 125 CCM.
16TH PLACE OF THE WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP RUSSIA.
3RD PLACE ITALIAN SUPERCROSS BERGAMO.

2003

WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP FOR THE SRS HONDA TEAM.
2ND PLACE 125CC CHAMPIONSHIP.

2004

1ST PLACE CZECH MOTOCROSS CHAMPIONSHIP 125 CCM.
1ST PLACE OF THE CHAMPIONSHIP OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC SUPERCROSS 125CCM.
2ND PLACE BRNO SUPERCROSS.

2005–2006

SHOULDER INJURY, WHICH REQUIRED LONG-TERM HEALING.

2007

14TH PLACE RED BULL MXON [ČEPELÁK, KADLEČEK, BRABEC].

2010

BASED ON BRABEC MX SCHOOL.

2013

INTERNATIONAL CHAMPION OF THE CZECH REPUBLIC IN THE SUPERCROSS MX2.

2017

MERZOUGA 2017 FINISHER.
12th Place World Cup Baja Aragon.
3rd Place World

2018

Dakar 2018 FINISHER.
39th Place.
9th Place Rookies Dakar.
Baja World Championship 4th Place.

2019

Dakar 2019 FINISHER.
34th Place.

2020

Dakar 2020 FINISHER.
54th Place.

2021

Dakar finisher in Dakar experience class BECAUSE technical issues with rear tank and wheel.

Contact

JAN BRABEC
BOUDKY 259
VELKÉ NĚMČICE
JIHOMORAVKÝ KRAJ
CZECH REPUBLIC