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The 2021 Dakar Rally was held in Saudi Arabia following the last year. Riders ran the rough course in a desert with a drastic change in temperature. Both riders and machines showed fabulous performance from stage one and Honda made one-two finish. Kevin Benavides (Monster Energy Honda Team) won the overall win. Team-mate Ricky Brabec, winner of Dakar 2020, took second place. SHOWA suspensions used for Honda machines supported riders in “the world’s toughest race” and contributed to the team’s second straight victory.