Dakar 2017, stage 12: the words of the champions


Sam Sunderland has won his first ‘Touareg’,
keeping the winning streak of KTM: “It’s amazing. When I crossed
the goal, I am excited
. Carry all the weight of the race on the shoulders
for more than a week is a weight tremendous. Is the first Dakar that term and
I finish in first position
, is crazy. I am without words. It has been difficult to
and stressful. I’ve had to stay quiet and that is what it costs me.
But here I am, what I have accomplished and I could not be more pleased. I Am the first
English to win the Dakar
and I hope it will help generate a greater interest in this
test on my país“.

Sergey Karyakin has scored his first Dakar in the quad category after being the fastest rider and regular on the category: “It’s great. When I crossed the finish line has been a very special time. I have my first Dakar. I can not fully explain what I felt because it has been very hard and I never would have believed I could achieve this. Quiedo to thank my team for their work, have helped me a lot to get this first position. It is a special victory for Russia because the country had just gotten victories in trucks, not in quads. I have struggled for a long time and now it is here“.

For his part, Stéphane Peterhansel has added its thirteenth crown in the Dakar and already reaches seven ‘Touareg’ in the car: “I Would like to thank Peugeot for giving us these
cars are so exceptional and above all not to have imposed any order
team, because they all had the same
weapons. We were facing a champion very fast, who knows
manage the careers to the head and that is not allowed to impress. Yesterday the
the difference marked a prick and probably is what you said
victory in the Dakar. However, my tactic was to force Sebastien to run at the
100% of their capabilities.
So it would make mistakes and that is what
happened, was not a casualidad”.


The brazilian Leandro Torres has gone down in history as the first winner of the Dakar in the category UTV: “Is fantastic. Is a dream to have achieved the victory, a complete dream. Last year, when I came to the Dakar for the first time I realized how difficult it was to be here. When in this edition they decided that the UTV had its own category, we knew that we had to fight for to get this. Only a few have been able to complete the rally and for that I am so proud. We are the first winners of the Dakar in the category UTV“.

Eduard Nikolaev is the last winner of the Dakar in 2017, a feeling that you already know after the ‘Touareg’ conquered in 2013: “last year, there were a large number of stages high-speed. We were nervous and in a day we all lose. This year, the race was a little different, we’ve all had navigation problems. It has been a difficult task, but we have been able to demonstrate our strength and once again win the Dakar. I think that one of the keys has been our preparation. In the end, the punctures have also had a lot to say in a race, but luckily we are here as champions”.