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.

Check out all our coverage of everything related to motorcycle racing and sport, here.


Cornejo Wins Stage Nine Of The Dakar 2022

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).

Jose Ignacio Cornejo wins Stage Nine of the Dakar 2022motorcycle racing and sport, here.


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


Danilo Petrucci Wins Stage Five Of The 2022 Dakar Rally

The Italian former MotoGP race winner continues to impress on his rally debut, as Danilo Petrucci wins Stage Five of the 2022 Dakar Rally. Despite injuring himself before the event started, and then retiring due to mechanical problems on his KTM, Petrucci was able to win by just two seconds from Botswana’s Ross Branch.

Danilo Petrucci: “When I started today, speed was not my focus. I was working on my navigation. Then after a while I started to throw down. I eased off again in the dunes because I’m still worried about my ankle.”

Despite the fact he’s ruled out of the overall results, Petrucci almost claimed his first podium on Stage Four, before being demoted by a penalty. But this time the decisions went in his favour as Toby Price was penalised for a speed limit offence on the stage, which was shortened due to the need for medical air support to be mobilised.

Danilo Petrucci Wins Stage Five Of The 2022 Dakar Rallymotorcycle racing and sport, here.