It’s a second victory for the British rider, and a first for GASGAS, as Sam Sunderland wins the 2022 Dakar Rally. The 32-year-old finished Stage 11 in eighth place, giving him the overall win by just under 3 minutes. After almost 40 hours of racing, the top three in the overall standings were separated by a little under seven minutes, with Stage 12 winner Pablo Quintanilla taking second, and Matthias Walkner in third.
The 32-year-old has consistently been near the top of the rankings throughout the 2022 event, and his consistency has been rewarded. And it’s a 19th win in 22 years for KTM, as the parent company of GASGAS.
Sam Sunderland: “Wow. What a feeling! That 10-minute period waiting at the end of the final stage to see if I’d won felt like a lifetime. But this feeling, knowing I’ve won a second Dakar, will stay in my memory forever. This win feels better than the first as this victory was anything but easy. The times were so close this year and there was no time to let off the gas, it was a really close race, right to the end. All of the hard work, the sacrifices, and everything that the GASGAS team has done for me makes it all worthwhile. It’s been five years since my first Dakar win, and it’s been a long time to wait! I’m super happy to get another win and claim the first one for GASGAS. Everyone on the team has worked so hard to achieve this and it’s a true team effort – together we got the job done. Amazing.”
Dakar Stage 12 Results:
- Pablo Quintanilla 1:40.00
- Toby Price 1:40.18
- Jose Ignacio Conrejo Flamino 1:40.29
- Joan Barreda Bort 1:41.13
- Mason Klein 1:41.23
FInal 2022 Dakar Results:
- Sam Sunderland 38:47.30
- Pablo Quintanilla 38:50.57
- Matthias Walkner 38:54.17
- Adrien Van Beveren 39:06.11
- Joan Barreda Bort 39:13.12
Fellow Brits David McBridge and David Mabbs finished Stage 11 in 56th and 103rd place respectively for the Vendetta Racing team, while Simon Hewitt completed the final stage in 116th. This puts McBridge 47th in the final standings, with David Mabbs in 92nd, and Simon Hewitt in 111th from a total field of 125 riders classified. After retiring earlier in the event due to a mechanical issue, Danilo Petrucci ended 93rd overall, one place behind Mabbs.
Mirjam Pol finished 49th overall and secured the Women’s Trophy by a comfortable margin from Sandra Gomez and Sara Garcia. The Original by Motul standings were topped by Arunuas Gelazninkas from Milan Engel and Benjamin Melot, while the Junior Trophy went to Mason Klein (who also finished 9th in the overall standings) ahead of team-mate Bradley Cox and Konrad Dabrowski. The Veterans Trophy went to Mario Patrao, from David McBridge and Mikael Despontin. The Rally2 class for non-professional riders also went to Mason Klein, from French riders Camille Chapeliere and Romain Dumontier.
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