British Superbike teams are preparing for the coming season, and one of the big changes is that Christian Iddon joins Danny Kent at Buildbase Suzuki for 2022.
The 37-year-old finished the 2021 season in fourth, and previously achieved third in the final standings in 2021, both times riding a Ducati. But he did previously ride a Suzuki GSX-R1000 in 2015 to a 10th place. Last year, he was challenging for the title throughout, taking a number of wins and podiums.
Having announced his retirement from competition at the end of the 2021 season, it seems like the Welshman will still be a regular in the World Superbike paddock, as Chaz Davies becomes Rider Coach at Aruba.it Racing Ducati for 2022.
The first UK rider to win the Daytona 200, and the World Supersport champion in 2011, Davies rode in WSB for nine years, finishing runner-up in the series on multiple occasions, with a total of 32 wins. He’ll now be tasked with helping Alvaro Bautista and Michael Rinaldi in the Aruba.it Racing Ducati World Superbike squad, and Nicolo Bulega in World Supersport. Bulega is making his debut on the Panigale V2 after racing in Moto3 and Moto2 since 2015.
The British rider tops the standings for the final day of racing as Sam Sunderland retakes the Dakar 2022 lead after Stage 11. Riding for the GASGAS Factory Racing team, the 2017 winner finished the 345km special in second place, just four seconds behind Kevin Benavides. And that has earned Sunderland a gap of six minutes and 52 seconds at the top of the rankings.
Sam Sunderland: “Today was a really tough one. We were expecting it to be difficult and even four kilometers in there were lines everywhere in the sand. From there on I had to focus on myself and stay on top of my roadbook, it wasn’t really an option to follow the lines ahead. Through the dunes I was able to make up some time, which was good and I just missed out on another stage win. Up until now the race has gone really well, the whole team behind me has been fantastic but the race isn’t over until it’s over. All I can do is hope for a clean run through tomorrow’s stage and then we’ll see where we end up.”
Dakar 2022 Stage 11 Results:
Kevin Benavides 3:30.56
Sam Sunderland 3:31.00
Joaquim Rodrigues 3:33.22
Matthias Walkner 3:35.50
Ricky Brabec 3:36.18
Dakar 2022 Overall Standings After Stage 11
Sam Sunderland 37:04.05
Pablo Quintanilla 37:10.57
Matthias Walkner 37:11.20
Adrien Van Beveren 37:19.35
Joan Barreda Bort 37:31.59.
David McBride finished Stage 11 in 57th place, with David Mabbs in 101st and Simon Hewitt in 113th.. That means McBride is now 46th overall, with Mabbs in 89th and Hewitt 11th, out of a total of 125 riders still classified overall.
Mirjam Pol has maintained a lead of more than three hours in the Women’s Trophy, Mason Klein continues to lead both the Rally 2 and Rally 2 Junior Trophy, and Arunas Gelazninkas leads the Original by Motul class. In the Veterans Trophy, Mario Patrao has extended his lead over David McBride to almost an hour, but second place is still a battle with Mikael Despontin 14 minutes behind in third.
Australian KTM rider Toby Price wins Dakar 2022 Stage 10, keeping the two-time winner in contention for the overall victory as Adrien Van Beveren takes over the top of the standings from Matthias Walkner.
The 759km ride between Wadi Ad Dawasir and Bisha included a 375km timed special which saw Price finished ahead of Luciano Benavides and Van Beveren, with Lorenzo Santolino and Andrew Short rounding out the top five. Sam Sunderland finished 17th on the stage, keeping second place overall, with Walkner ending the day in 26th, meaning that it was Honda’s Pablo Quintanilla who moved up to third in the fight for the 2022 Dakar title.
Toby Price: “It’s been a really good day for me today. I focused on my roadbook the whole way and did a good job with my navigation with only a couple of small mistakes over the whole stage. I’ve moved nicely up the order overall, but there is still a bit of a gap to the front guys. As we know, anything can happen in rally, so I’ll give it my all for these last two days and we’ll see where we end up.”
Sam Sunderland:“Day 10 is in the books and it was a tough one. Early on, Mason Klein crashed so I stopped to make sure he was ok as it looked like he’d had a big one, but I think he’s ok. I then set off and things were going good. I felt strong on the bike and my pace was solid. But then I ended up in the wrong canyon near the end and lost a bit of time. With two days to go and the times so close, it’s too close to call. It’s wide open so it certainly makes for an exciting race!”
Unfortunately Kevin Benavides was forced to retire due to a technical issue, but the reigning Dakar champion hopes to rejoin, alongside Danilo Petrucci, who continued after he was also forced out of the overall standings early on.
Dakar 2022 Stage 10 results:
Toby Price 3:05.22
Luciano Benavides 3:07.41
Adrien Van Beveren 3:09.07
Lorenzo Santolino 3:11.12
Andrew Short 3:12.01
Dakar Overall Standings After Stage 10
Adrien Van Beveren 33:27.06
Sam Sunderland 33:33.05
Pablo Quintanilla 33:33.21
Matthias Walkner 33:35.30
Joan Barreda Bort 33:37.53
British rider David McBride claimed 46th on Stage 10 with team-mate David Mabbs in 102nd, and Simon Hewitt 120th. McBride is now 47th overall, with Mabbs 93rd and Hewitt 113th. The Women’s Trophy looks set for HT Rally raid Husvarna Racing rider Mirjam Pol, who leads by more than three hours from Sandra Gomez. And despite his crash early in Stage 10, Mason Klein now leads the Junior Trophy by 2 hours and 11 minutes. In the Veteran Trophy, McBride is second, lying 39 minutes bheind leader Mario Patrao.
But it’s the overall rankings which are closest during the final stages of the 2022 Dakar, with the top five separated by around 10 minutes after more than 33 hours of riding. And the top 13 riders are all within 50 minutes of the leader in an event where anything can, and often does, happen. Meanwhile 128 riders remain classified, with simply finishing the Dakar being a notable achievement. And this just two stages left, the winner of the Dakar 2022 will soon be decided.
The Honda rider is definitely showing his skill in the second week of racing, as Jose Ignacio Cornejo wins Stage Nine of the Dakar 2022. The Chilean crossed the line in just under two and a half hours, slightly ahead of Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec. It’s his second stage win in three days, and moves him up to seventh overall.
Matthias Walkner finished fourth on the stage, and into the overall lead, as Britain’s Sam Sunderland finished thirteenth on the day, just eight minutes behind Cornejo, and six behind Walkner. The other British riders are David McBride, who finished 54th on Stage Nine, David Mabbs (117th), and Simon Hewitt (122nd). This puts McBridge 51st overall, Mabbs 95th and Hewitt 115th (just four places behind MotoGP and debut Dakar stage winner Danilo Petrucci, who is continuing after a technical issue forced his retirement).