Rallye

Sam Sunderland leads a KTM sweep of the 2017 Dakar

Posted:



The 2017 Dakar Rally, an edition that delivered its share of drama was finally settled on Saturday when Red Bull KTM factory riders, Britain‰Ûªs Sam Sunderland and Austrian teammate Matthias Walkner crossed the line 6th and 4th respectively to give the Austrian brand its 16th consecutive victory and the runner-up spot.

Determined to give Yamaha a place on the final podium at the Dakar Rally 2017, Adrien Van Beveren put in a committed final stage performance to claim an impressive stage victory. Spain‰Ûªs Gerard Farres Guell finished the final stage in second, this being enough to give the Spaniard third overall and make it a complete podium for KTM. Honda's Joan Barreda rounded out the top three.

Sam Sunderland and Matthias Walkner not only succeeded in taking the top two spots, but also to both completed the rally for the first time. Both had retired injured in earlier editions.

Sunderland went into the final swift 64 km timed special with 33-minute advantage on his KTM 450 RALLY and the task of holding his nerve and getting the job done. He completed the stage in a comfortable sixth place and sacrificed only a couple of minutes. After almost 9,000 km through Paraguay, Bolivia and Argentina, he topped the overall timesheets with a total time of 32:06.22 hours.
Sam Sunderland leads a KTM sweep of the 2017 Dakar
Matthias Walkner, Sam Sunderland and Gerard Farres Guell Dakar 2017
‰ÛÏWhen I crossed the line my emotions really took over," Sunderland said. "I've had a lot of weight on my shoulders for the last six days. Now it feels incredible. I have to say thanks to my team, the bike has been great from start to finish. When Toby (Price) went out of the race it was a blow to the team as he‰Ûªs a good friend. Because of the strong bonds we have in our team it helped us to pull together and strive to do something special. There‰Ûªs a lot of fast guys that have the potential to win this race, I think cutting out the mistakes was the key to this win.‰Û
Sam Sunderland leads a KTM sweep of the 2017 Dakar
Yamaha's Adrien Van Beveren took the win on the final stage
Sunderland and Walkner stepped up and delivered for the Red Bull KTM Factory Racing Team after teammate and 2016 winner, Toby Price of Australia, went out in the fourth stage after crashing and breaking his leg in four places. After surgery in La Paz, the Australian desert champion has now returned to Australia with the aim of being back on his KTM 450 RALLY machine in four months.

KTM first won the Dakar Rally in 2001 and has topped the podium every subsequent year, with the exception of 2008 when the race was canceled on the eve of departure because of terrorist threats in North Africa. It regrouped for the 2008 edition, held in for the first time in South America, where it has developed a huge following and is an annual sporting highlight. The sport is also attracting a new generation of South American rally-raid talent.
Sam Sunderland leads a KTM sweep of the 2017 Dakar
Aussie Matt Hart finished an impressive 44th, one place behind compatriot Todd Smith, and also finished the 10th highest Rookie out of the 29 rookie finishers. Photo: All Hart Racing (FB)
While the Dakar Rally attracts the world‰Ûªs elite rally-raid riders, it is also a magnet for private teams and amateur riders who make up most of the field of competitors. Ninety-seven, of the original field of 146 were at the finish in Buenos Aires.

Australian Todd Smith impressed with 18th overall after completing the final stage in 43rd place. Husqvarna mounted Aussie privateer Matthew Hart remarkebly finished one place behind smith in the overall with 44th after coming in in 35th in the final stage. Of the first timers Hart ended the event 10th out of the 29 that rookies that completed the distance. The other two Australian went out early with defending champ Toby Price breaking his leg in stage 4 while Rod Faggoter went out with bike problems in the following stage 5.

2017 Dakar Rally Saturday, January 14th 2017, Stage 12
1 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 30'29
2 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +0'0
3 Barreda Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0'18
4 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0'33
5 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1'25
6 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1'42
7 Duplessis MartÌ_n 34 ARG Asistencia Med KTM +2'16
8 Salvatierra Juan Carlos 32 BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +3'00
9 Metge Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3'01
10 Caimi Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +3'07
11 Sanz Laia 19 SPA KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +3'08
12 Klymciw Ondrej 45 CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +3'12
13 Renet Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +3'16
14 de Soultrait Xavier 23 FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +3'25
15 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +3'28

2017 Dakar Rally Saturday, January 14th 2017 - Provisional Final Standings
1 Sunderland Sam 16 GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 32:06'22
2 Walkner Matthias 14 AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +32'00
3 Farres Gerard 8 SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +35'40
4 Van Beveren Adrien 6 FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +36'28
5 Barreda Joan 11 SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +43'08
6 Goncalves Paulo 17 POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +52'29
7 Renet Pierre-Alexandre 31 FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +57'35
8 Caimi Franco 67 ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:42'18
9 Rodrigues Helder 5 POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2:03'06
10 Rodrigues Joaquim 27 POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +2:19'37
11 Salvatierra Juan Carlos 32 BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +2:22'53
12 Klymciw Ondrej 45 CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +2:23'30
13 Pedrero Joan 12 SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +2:32'46
14 Metge Michael 15 FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2:38'32
15 Duplessis MartÌ_n 34 ARG Asistencia Med KTM +3:01'04

Share Article:

Facebook
Twitter
LinkedIn
Tumblr
Pinterest
Reddit
Email
Print

More News: Latest Headlines

More News: Latest Headlines

Motocross

2022 Fullnoise / FLY RACING Race Results, ProMX Round Five - Maitland, NSW

Motocross

Ryder DiFrancesco to make AMA Pro Motocross Championship Debut

Motocross

Maitland Sets The Stage For Second Half Of 2022 ProMX Championship

Supercross

MDK Motorsports Added To The 2022 FIM World Supercross Championship Roster

Trials

Toni Bou Rebounds At 2022 TrialGP of Andorra For 200th Win

Supercross

Dream Traxx Tasked With Track Design for FIM World Supercross Championship

Enduro

Manuel Lettenbichler Wins Red Bull Erzbergrodeo 2022

Motocross

Eli Tomac Wins At High Point While Jett Lawrence Goes Straight

Motocross

Hunter Lawrence will race with Team Honda HRC in 2023 and 2024

Trials

Adam Raga Comes Out On Top At TrialGP of Andorra Day One

Motocross

The Emergency Department – 2022 AMA Pro Motocross Round 4 High Point – Who’s In And Out

Supercross

MotoConcepts Racing Honda Unveils Rider Lineup for FIM World Supercross Championship
Zeta Header

What's On This Week

FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 13
MXGP of Jakarta (INA) - Jakarta
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 12
MXGP of Indonesia - Samota-Sumbawa
Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - Round 5
Redbud National - Buchanan, MI
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
ProMX Championship - Round 5
Maitland, NSW
Sunday, June 26th, 2022

Featured:

Hands-On With The Stark Varg Electric Motocross Bike

MTX Sprockets and XAM Chains

Is The Motocross Future Now With Stark Varg?

Fusport XP2 Review

Under or Over – We pit Fly Racing’s Revel Race Roost Guard against the Fly Barricade Zip Vest.

Into the Night – Part Two

What's On This Week

FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 13
MXGP of Jakarta (INA) - Jakarta
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
FIM Motocross World Championship - Round 12
MXGP of Indonesia - Samota-Sumbawa
Sunday, June 26th, 2022
Lucas Oil Pro Motocross Championship - Round 5
Redbud National - Buchanan, MI
Sunday, July 3rd, 2022
ProMX Championship - Round 5
Maitland, NSW
Sunday, June 26th, 2022