Dakar 2017: Sam Sunderland keeps the streak of KTM


Sam Sunderland has always been called to win the Dakar. Your
talent and speed natural have been his best endorsement, but come the time of
the truth, the british pilot had not managed to put the icing on the cake. Your
first participation in the Dakar ended in a way that is precipitated by a problem
electric, in 2013 not able to compete for a double fracture of both wrists and
in 2014 also had to leave due to another fault in your bike. Face-to-2015
changed Honda for KTM, although his signing by the signing of the austrian not reported
best results. And in 2016 a fractured tibia he also left without the Dakar.

despite this series of catastrophic misfortunes, KTM
endorsed her bid for Sunderland and renewed the contract of the pilot
british before the Dakar 2017, a gesture that no doubt released the pilot
natural Dorset and that allowed him to take the race full of confidence,
that ultimately resulted in the alignment of stars perfect. In its fourth
Dakar, Sam Sunderland got the ‘Touareg’ after reaching the goal for the first
and signed the long-awaited victory for some and other things had eluded him
despite being one of the riders with more potential.

Sam Sunderland has won the Dakar 2017 with a single
stage victory
, harvested in the fifth special stage, and which served him for
be placed as the leader, position that he did not abandon until his arrival at Buenos
Aires. As regularly as one of its great strengths, and avoiding any
type of error and fall, the sanction of a time that were given to the pilots
Honda allanaba the way of Sunderland and Walkner
, who went on to contest a
direct battle for the sixteenth consecutive victory for KTM in the
category of bikes of the raid more hard of the world.


All in all, the battle between the two riders on the KTM has been
more fictitious than real
, since the victory of stage Sam Sunderland match
with a day complicated for Mathias Walkner, which left both pilots
separated by 29 minutes, and allowed to Paul Quintanilla, Adrien Van Beveren and
Gerard Farr├ęs
immersing oneself in the fight for the podium. In another form, by
rhythm or specific problems, these three riders were left to time to
to leave Sunderland with a lead of more solid and reach Buenos Aires with a
advantage over Matthias Walkner of 32 minutes
, shows the exercise of
containment has been able to exert Sunderland in the second week of

With all and at the expense of what is happening with the sanction
Honda, which eliminated could deliver the Dakar, Joan Barreda, of time
Sam Sunderland has managed to be the last link in the chain full of successes
. Since Fabrizio Meoni won the Dakar in 2001 on the back of a KTM LC4
660R, the austrian manufacturer has won every and each one of the editions of the
Dakar, that have been played. Sixteen consecutive wins that have in Sam
Sunderland his last example, that the british have put it over to
riders of the caliber of Cyril Despres, Marc Coma and Toby Price.