Whether it’s on two wheels or four, if you’re into off-road racing, the past week has provided an embarrassment of riches for your entertainment. The Monster Energy Supercross season is now in full swing after running its second round in Glendale on Saturday, while the iconic Dakar Rally continues its push through Peru through Thursday.
We’ve seen plenty of special performances over the past week, from those conquering the dunes in South America to the riders besting the whoops and triples in Arizona. Here are four of the names that stood out in the past seven days:
Supercross 450: Blake Baggett
The shuffle at the front of the pack in Monster Energy Supercross continued on Saturday at State Farm Stadium, as Baggett scored the first 450 win of his indoor career. The Rocky Mountain ATV/MC rider made his way around defending champion Jason Anderson late in the main event to score the win, preventing Anderson from building any sort of gap and chasing him down as the race wore on. Baggett now sits fourth in points, just seven behind current leader Ken Roczen, as the series returns to Anaheim.
Supercross 250 West: Adam Cianciarulo
After sliding off track in the holeshot in the Anaheim season opener, Cianciarulo returned to form in Glendale with a green-to-checkered victory in the second round of the 250 Supercross season. The Monster Energy Pro Circuit Kawasaki rider, last year’s championship runner-up, beat Anaheim winner Colt Nichols to the finish line by nearly 10 seconds, and has clawed his way back up to second in the championship standings, just five points back of Nichols.
Dakar Rally (Cars): Nasser Al-Attiyah
Sebastien Loeb may have won three of the first six stages of this year’s Dakar Rally, but it’s Al-Attiyah who has been the dominant driver so far. With wins on both Stage 1 and Stage 4, and runner-up finishes in three of the remaining four stages, the Toyota Gazoo Racing driver held a dominant 37:43 lead over Loeb going into Stage 7, the first loop stage of the event, on Monday. The 2011 and 2015 event winner now boasts 33 career stage victories, taking at least one in each of the last 11 years.
Dakar Rally (Bikes): Ricky Brabec
American Dakar fans looking for a hero have found one in Brabec, who has taken over the top spot on the Monster Energy Honda team after Joan Barreda lost his bike on Stage 3. After floating in and out of the top three early in the event, Brabec used a dominant victory in Stage 4 to take the overall lead for two days, and has reclaimed it as of early reports on Monday. The Californian leads Toby Price by 6:55 with just three stages remaining.