Britain’s Sunderland wins Dakar bike title for second time

British bike rider Sam Sunderland took his second Dakar Rally title after the ultimate stage of the occasion in Saudi Arabia on Friday.

The GasGas rider, who took his first title in South America in 2017, completed three minutes and 27 seconds forward of Chilean rider Pablo Quintanilla on a Honda. Austrian Matthias Walkner was third for KTM.

“I can’t be happier. This final stage was so tough and a lot stress,” stated the Dubai-based 32-year-old after the 164km stage from Bisha to Jeddah.

“Numerous navigation, a number of difficult notes, a couple of instances a bit complicated and undecided if I used to be going the appropriate method. My head can explode. What a sense.

“The final 10 minutes, I used to be undecided whether or not I’d gained and now they’ve informed me and, wow, dream come true.”

The Dakar Rally started in 1978 as a race from Paris throughout the Sahara to the Senegalese capital however switched to South America in 2009 for safety causes.

One in all motorsport’s most harmful and gruelling occasions, the rally moved to Saudi Arabia in 2020 and is in its forty fourth version.

Sunderland is the one Briton to have gained the occasion in any class.