Sam Sunderland became the first British rider to win the Dakar Rally last weekend by riding his Factory KTM 450 across the line 32 minutes ahead of teammate Matthias Walkner. Sunderland led the Rally through the final week and ultimately was able to cruise home for the win.
Sunderland was unable to finish the Rally in two previous attempts, including 2012 and 2014, and was overcome by emotion following his victory.
“When I crossed the line I felt all the emotion hit me. The weight on my shoulders of the race over the past week, leading the rally has been really heavy. It’s the first Dakar I’ve ever finished and to finish first is an incredible feeling. I’m really lost for words.”
KTM swept the podium by taking third overall, as well. For full details and results, visit the official Dakar Rally web site.
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