Sam Sunderland took GasGas’ first win of the 2022 Dakar Rally, while both Hero MotoSports Team Rally riders finished in the top 20.
Sam Sunderland took GasGas’ first-ever victory by dethroning Honda
The 2022 Dakar Rally concluded recently with Sam Sunderland taking GasGas’ first victory in the Moto category. Meanwhile, Nasser Al-Attiyah emerged as the winner in the four-wheel class, bringing down the curtain on one of the toughest rallies in the world. The 2022 Dakar saw an expanse of varied terrain 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 Moto class, Sam Sunderland took the late lead which eventually won him the rally. The multiple stages had different winners over the two weeks, but Sunderland managed to take the lead on the penultimate stage and continued to hold the position as they cleared the checkered flag 3m27s over Honda rider Pablo Quintanilla. KTM rider Matthias Walkner came third. Sunderland’s victory means not only a big problem for GasGas but also for the KTM group as a whole, as they managed to break Honda’s winning streak after two consecutive victories.
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 ever for an Indian team on the way to the podium in stage 11. The driver had a brilliant run and finished 14th overall. His teammate Aaron Mare was no different. Added to the squad at the last minute, Mare was extremely consistent in his performance and managed to finish 16th overall despite some misfires.
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The only Indian driver in the Dakar 2022, Harith Noah finished the rally in the Dakar Experience category after an accident forced him to retire on stage 10. The driver finished stage 11 in 18th place and the last stage in 23rd place, after having always done well in the previous stages. Noah now needs a well deserved rest to recover from his accident.
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