Sam Sunderland claimed GasGas’ first Dakar 2022 victory, while both Hero MotoSports Team Rally riders finished in the top 20.
Sam Sunderland claimed GasGas’ first-ever victory to dethrone Honda
The Dakar 2022 rally recently ended with Sam Sunderland taking GasGas’ first victory in the Motorcycle category. Meanwhile, Nasser Al-Attiyah established himself as the winner in the four-wheel category, bringing down the curtains on one of the toughest rallies in the world. The Dakar 2022 saw varied terrain spread including dunes, slush, mud and more. Storms and torrential rains made things even more complicated for participants during the two-week period.
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In the Motorcycle category, Sam Sunderland took the lead late and finally won him the rally. The multiple stages differed from the winners over the two weeks, but Sunderland managed to take the lead in the penultimate stage and continued to hold onto the position as they cleared the checkered flag at 3.27m over Honda rider Pablo Quintanilla. KTM rider Matthias Walkner came in third. Sunderland’s victory means not only a big deal for GasGas but also for the KTM group as a whole as they managed to break Honda’s streak of success after two straight wins.
Being the only Indian team in Dakar this year, Hero MotoSports Team Rally saw its two riders finish safely and in the top 20. Joaquim Rodrigues led the rally for Hero and also won Stage 3, the first for one. Indian team going to get on the podium of the 11th stage. The rider had a brilliant run and finished 14th overall. His teammate Aaron Mare was no different. A last minute addition to the squad, Mare was extremely consistent with her performance and managed to finish 16th overall despite a few hiccups.
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The only Indian driver in Dakar 2022, Harith Noah finished the rally in the Dakar Experience category after an accident forced him to retire in stage 10. The driver finished stage 11 in 18th place and the last stage in 23rd place, having always done well. in the previous steps. Noah now needs a well-deserved rest to recover from his accident.
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