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Dakar 2017: American Ricky Brabec breaks through with Stage 7 win

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On an interesting day in bikes where overall race leader Sam Sunderland stopped 38 km into the new stage route for Stage 7, La Paz to Uyuni, American Ricky Brabec has captured his first stage win in this year’s Dakar Rally.

The next round of Dakar Rally coverage on NBCSN is at 6:30 p.m. ET Monday night.

Brabec, on his No. 9 Monster Energy Honda Team Honda, closed to 18 seconds of in-stage leader Paolo Goncalves at the final update prior to the checkered flag to then ending ahead of him by one minute, 44 seconds by the end of the stage.

It marks Brabec’s first stage win and will see him climb the overall ranks from 21st, where he was at the halfway point at Stage 6. Stage 6 was cancelled outright due to poor weather. His best finish this Dakar was second on the opening stage.

Goncalves was second, and Sunderland recovered to third in the stage.

More will follow from Brabec’s day later on. Meanwhile a profile piece on Brabec from NBCSN’s day one coverage, in his second Dakar, is linked below.

Takuma Sato’s likeness revealed on Borg-Warner Trophy (PHOTOS)

Photos; Walt Kuhn
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INDIANAPOLIS – Rather than the traditional December unveil, this year’s reveal newest likeness added to the Borg-Warner Trophy came Tuesday at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Museum.

Takuma Sato got to see the result of the sculpting done by William Behrends and then turned from wax, clay and ceramic into sterling silver on Tuesday evening, as the winner of the 101st Indianapolis 500 presented by PennGrade Motor Oil saw his face revealed on the trophy.

Sato took the No. 26 Ruoff Home Mortgage Honda for Andretti Autosport to the win in thrilling fashion this year over Helio Castroneves, denying the Brazilian his fourth Indianapolis 500 victory in the process. It atoned for his near-miss in 2012, driving for Rahal Letterman Lanigan Racing, the team he’ll return to in 2018.

It’s been a whirlwind last week-plus for Sato, doing the podium interviews at the Japanese Grand Prix, reflecting on his Indianapolis 500 triumph, then sharing the victory spoils with another Japanese pilot in Yoshihide Muroya, who won the Red Bull Air Race World Championship at Indianapolis this weekend.

Photos of Sato’s face on the most unique trophy in sports are below. This post will be updated following tonight’s full unveil. (All photos: Walt Kuhn)