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Skyler HOWES

(usa) 1.90m / 85kg

Hobbies

MTB, rock climbing, snowboarding, jet skiing, fishing

Sponsors

Monster Energy Honda Team, Rebellion Timepieces

Vehicle

Brand: Husqvarna
Model: CRF 450 Rally
Performance tuner: Husqvarna Factory Racing
Assistance: Husqvarna Factory Racing
Class: RallyGP

Rankings

2024: Ab. stage 6
2023: 3rd
2022: Ab. stage 5
2021: 5th
2020: 9th
2019: Ab. stage 6

 Skyler Howes has emerged as one of the world's best rally bikers in recent years, but his route to the top has been anything but straightforward. Growing up in south Utah, he learned to ride on a 1974 Honda XR75 that his father recovered from an auto salvage yard. After making a name for himself on the US offroad racing scene, he turned pro in 2012 and was given his first big break by Chris Blais, who came third in the bikes at Dakar 2007. Inspired by Chris and fellow American legend Kurt Caselli, Skyler eventually lined up on the world's toughest rally in 2019, after years of watching on television with his dad. Dakar 2019 saw him hampered by stress, illness and crashes, with a shoulder injury forcing him to retire, whereas Dakar 2020 ended with a remarkable ninth spot overall, despite a broken neck in the build-up. Skyler returned in 2021 with the renowned BAS World KTM team and went all in to land a factory contract, selling off most of his possessions -including his bike from Dakar 2019- to fund his entry. The gamble paid off as he came fifth, ultimately earning himself a contract with the Husqvarna factory team. A dream-come-true moment. A year ago he showed he truly has what it takes to conquer this event. In a fascinating three-way tussle with Kevin Benavides and Toby Price, he led the rally for six days and was only 28 seconds off top spot with two stages to go, but some late strategic errors meant he had to settle for third place behind the Argentine and Australian. In summer 2023, Skyler left Husqvarna by mutual consent and joined what he describes as the "iconic" Monster Energy Honda Team, which in many ways is a return to his roots. He spent much of his early career on a Honda, claiming game-changing wins at the Baja Rally and Sonora Rally on a 450X. Unfortunately, he had a rather inauspicious start to life on the Honda CRF450 Rally, crashing out on the Rallye du Maroc prologue in October. On the flip side, he avoided any ligament or nerve damage. It was a mixed season for the 31-year-old in the World Rally-Raid Championship. After his superb podium at the Dakar, he came sixth at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, crashed out of his 'home' race, the Sonora Rally, missed Desafio Ruta 40, and took that early spill in Morocco. But even if he doesn't come into the Dakar on red-hot form, he remains a top contender for Honda's red armada.

Ranking 2024

Total Dakar Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge BP Ultimate Rally-Raid Desafio Ruta 40 Rallye du Maroc
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