DAKAR, 2017: FINAL STAGE

Sam Sunderland gave the UK its first Dakar victory. Photo, KTM.
Sam Sunderland gave the UK its first Dakar victory. Photo, KTM.

Sam Sunderland took his first Dakar win in Buenos Aires after two failed attempts in previous years, ensuring the trophy stays with the official KTM team, a streak that now stands at 16 in a row.

Sam Sunderland: “Unbelievable. When I crossed the line I felt all the emotion hit me. The weight on my shoulders of the race over the last week, leading the rally has been really heavy. It’s the first Dakar I’ve ever finished and to finish first is an incredible feeling. I’m really lost for words.”

Adrian Van Beveren won the final stage by the narrowest margin. Photo, Yamaha.
Adrian Van Beveren won the final stage by the narrowest margin. Photo, Yamaha.

The final stage went to Yamaha’s Adrian Van Beveren.  Locked in a fierce battle for the final podium position with Spain’s Gerard Farrés, Adrien pushed hard from start to finish but could not make up any time against his closest rival. Wrapping up the 9,000km adventure in fourth overall, and just 48 seconds behind third, the Frenchman demonstrated his huge potential in what was just the second Dakar Rally of his career.

America’s Ricky Brabec failed to finish stage 10 due to a mechanical trouble. He might have been towed to the finish line, but the Dakar Medical staff was concerned about his health. He posted this about the incident:

“As many of you know I am out for the last two final days of the Dakar which is mostly liaison. I didn’t technically crash, guys. I dropped the bike in the trials section and managed to go on and win first special. I called the association and told them where I was with a broken motorcycle and that I was OK waiting for a teammate to tow me in, and I asked if they can bring water to me. They sent a helicopter and forced me to get in with them and flew me to the finish of the special that was 6 km away. I was 6 km away from finishing and winning a second day here in the Dakar! Such a heartbreaker ,as the team and I worked really hard this year. I’m sorry everyone. I didn’t decide to drop out, they forced me and there’s nothing I can do about it but come back next year. Thank you all.”

 

STAGE 13

1 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team 30’29
2 FARRES Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team +0’0
3 BARREDA Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team +0’18
4 WALKNER Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +0’33
5 GONCALVES Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +1’25
6 SUNDERLAND Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +1’42
7 DUPLESSIS Martín 34 ARG Asistencia Med +2’16
8 SALVATIERRA Juan Carlos 32 BOL Duust Rally Team +3’00
9 METGE Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team +3’01
10 CAIMI Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team +3’07

FINAL STANDINGS

1 SUNDERLAND Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team 32:06’22
2 WALKNER Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team +32’00
3 FARRES Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team +35’40
4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +36’28
5 BARREDA Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team +43’08
6 GONCALVES Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team +52’29
7 RENET Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team +57’35
8 CAIMI Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team +1:42’18
9 RODRIGUES Helder 5 POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team +2:03’06
10 RODRIGUES Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally +2:19’37

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