Sam Sunderland Retakes The Dakar 2022 Lead After Stage 11

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 Retakes The Dakar 2022 Lead After Stage 11Sunderland has a 6 minute and 52 second lead with just one stage left in the 2022 Dakar
Sunderland has a 6 minute and 52 second lead with just one stage left in the 2022 Dakar

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.

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Toby Price Wins Dakar 2022 Stage 10

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 Wins Dakar 2022 Stage 10
Toby Price Wins Dakar 2022 Stage 10

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.

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Sunderland Is Back On Top After Dakar 2022 Stage Eight

British rider Sam Sunderland is back on top after Dakar 2022 Stage Eight, taking the win to bounce back after a bad day for the GASGAS team. The previous stage saw Sunderland drop from the top of the standings, and the retirement of team-mate Daniel Sanders. But the 2017 winner responded in the best possible way, winning the stage from Pablo Quintanilla, with Matthias Walkner third.

Sam Sunderland: “That was a really challenging stage today. There was a lot of sand early on but then near the end there were a lot of canyons to navigate through. You had to be really patient and choose the right one as it would be so easy to get lost and lose time. The guys opening, fortunately, did a great job, which made things a little easier for me but after leading out yesterday, I know how tough that can be. Early on I was pushing hard and I was a bit too aggressive with a few small crashes in the sand so I had to settle down a bit, get into a rhythm, and it paid off as I was able to take the stage win. We have some long days ahead, but today’s result is just what I needed after everything that happened yesterday.”

Sunderland Is Back On Top After Dakar 2022 Stage Eight


Sam Sunderland Extends His 2022 Dakar Lead After Stage 4

Despite a small crash, Sam Sunderland extends his 2022 Dakar lead after Stage 4. The event was won by Monster Energy Honda rider Joan Barreda Bort, who was followed to the finish by his team-mate Pablo Quintanilla. But Sunderland’s 6th place means he has a 3 minute lead in the overall standings.

Initally the two factory Hondas were followed home by Danilo Petrucci, but the Italian was later handed a 10 minute penalty which dropped him to 15th. And this gave third and fourth to Rui Goncalves and Loreno Santolino, with both riding for the Sherco Factory team. It’s Goncalves first podium in the Dakar in his second time competing on the 465km special stage with his 450 SEF Rally.

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