It seems to me that any of the top 5 racers in any of the top US off-road series has the talent. The bigger question is who has the commitment ? These guys need to put food on the table, and I don't see the sponsors stepping up to the level needed to put an American on top of the podium at the Dakar. Until rally racing can be grown and sold to the American motorcycling public, the sponsors will continue to market hoodies and flatbill caps.
Maybe if we had a respected American motorcyclist / race promoter start up a feeder series