Sam Sunderland wins Gas Gas (and KTM) 2022 Dakar Rally

Sam sunderland himself Twice The winner of the Dakar Rally after today’s final stage of the iconic race.

Brit finished third in the Stage 12 time section on Friday. This was enough to clear him in almost four minutes from his next rival, Pablo Quintanilla.

This day goes a bit in history as the Sunderland results give Gas Gas the first Dakar Rally, but the machines are mostly rebadged. KTM450 rally motorcycle. For those who don’t know Gas Gas became part of KTM’s business group in 2019.

So the result of Sunderland is a bit of a shake on KTM domination in the Dakar Rally (19 of the last 22 races), but it’s not.

The Austrian conglomerate won first and third place honors, Matthias Walker was on the bottom podium, and Honda’s Pablo Quintanilla split the pair prepared at the HRC. Honda CRF450 Rally bike.

“Wow, it feels good! The 10 minutes I was waiting to see if I won at the end of the final stage felt like a once-in-a-lifetime experience,” said vibrant Sam Sunderland. Told.

“But this feeling will remain in my memory forever because I know I won the second Dakar Rally. This victory has never been easier, so this victory is better than the first. It feels good too. This year was very close and I didn’t have time to degas, so it was a really close race to the end. “

“Every hard work, sacrifice, and everything the GASGAS team has done for me makes it all worth it. It’s been five years since my first victory in Dakar, but it’s been a while! “

“I’m very happy to win the GASGAS again and win the first one. Everyone on the team is working hard to achieve this and it’s a true team effort – together we get the job done. It was wonderful. “

Finding a new home in Saudi Arabia is the second Dakar Rally to take place in the Arabian dunes, and future editions are expected to extend beyond the borders of the kingdom.

Source: GasGas; Photo: © 2022 KTM / RallyZone – All rights reserved. Sam Sunderland wins Gas Gas (and KTM) 2022 Dakar Rally

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