Branch won the 393 km drive in Saudi Arabia with a timing of 3' 39' 10'', 1' 24" ahead of Britian's and new general standings leader Sam Sunderland and 2’21 in front of Pablo Quintanilla yesterday.
Southern Africa's most dominant biker for the past 3 years Branch had in stage 1 got position 14 in a 752 km dusty route before claiming victory in the second stage signalling hope at the 12 stage cross country moving machines marathon.
Following his 13th finish and as the best newcomer last year, Branch has today will go in the history books of the bike category, he is the first winner from Africa since the last in the series from South African Alfie Cox in 2003.
One sports fanatic Rock Al Fame Seribe has opined that Branch needs Batswana's full support.
"It's high time we invest our energy and time in Ross Branch,he is doing well and needs the support that we have misdirected at the ever loosing football,commented Seribe."
For his part,the Bas Dar KTM Racing Team star lamented that he is happy to have won the stage and will soldier on for the stages ahead.
"Really excited to get the Stage Win today! Been a dream come true to win a Stage at the Dakar Rally! Felt really good on the bike today and looking forward to the rest of the rally,said Branch."
This year's race marks Branch's second appearance,the softspoken national champion remains the second Motswana to partake at the higly rated Dakar Rally after his compatriot Vincent Crosbie who settled for 36th overall position at the 2017 Dakar Rally.