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HE DID IT! WE DID IT! SAM SUNDERLAND AND GASGAS ARE DAKAR RALLY WINNERS!
HISTORY MADE WITH FIRST EVER DAKAR RALLY VICTORY FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING
Sam Sunderland and GASGAS Factory Racing have won the 2022 Dakar Rally! Delivering exactly the kind of mature, considered performance weíve come to expect of him over the last two weeks, in finishing eighth in todayís final stage, Sam has claimed overall victory at the 44th Dakar Rally. And, at the end of 12 grueling days of racing across the Saudi Arabian desert, heís handed GASGAS our first ever victory at the worldís most iconic rally raid event!
Sam Sunderland: ďWow. What a feeling! That 10-minute period waiting at the end of the final stage to see if Iíd won felt like a lifetime. But this feeling, knowing Iíve won a second Dakar, will stay in my memory forever. This win feels better than the first as this victory was anything but easy. The times were so close this year and there was no time to let off the gas, it was a really close race, right to the end. All of the hard work, the sacrifices, and everything that the GASGAS team has done for me makes it all worthwhile. Itís been five years since my first Dakar win, and itís been a long time to wait! Iím super happy to get another win and claim the first one for GASGAS. Everyone on the team has worked so hard to achieve this and itís a true team effort Ė together we got the job done. Amazing.Ē
Leading the race from stage two through to the end of stage six, the Dakar began perfectly for Sam. Riding flawlessly throughout the two-week event, he delivered the goods on multiple occasions when the pressure was well and truly on. Competitive from the very beginning, GASGAS Factory Racingís Sam Sunderland is 2022 Dakar Rally champion!
Samís second Dakar victory is not just an incredible personal achievement, it also marks the return of the title to the KTM AG Company. With 19 wins in the last 22 years, Samís victory re-affirms the groupís commitment and ongoing success at the worldís toughest rally raid.
While itís all about Sam right now and his amazing achievement, it wouldnít be right to sign off from Dakar 2022 without giving Daniel Sanders the credit he deserves. Our second GASGAS Factory Racing star taking on this yearís event, Chucky claimed two amazing stage wins, and on the final day of racing in week one, led Sam home for a GASGAS one-two. A crash on stage seven resulted in a fractured elbow and wrist, but the good news is thatís heís had surgery and is now well on the way to making a full recovery. Heíll be back at the Dakar in 2023 for another run at the title.
Congrats guys, enjoy the party!
Norbert Stadlbauer Ė Rally Team Manager: ďAmazing, simply amazing! This Dakar was a really challenging race, right until the very end, so to win, itís an incredible achievement. Throughout the whole event Sam was smart, strong, and his speed was exceptional. Iím really happy for him and the whole of GASGAS Factory Racing. The entire team has worked so hard to be successful and itís a really special moment. Thereís no feeling like it. Iíd like to thank all of the teamís sponsors and partners, everyone in Austria, and now, after a two tough weeks, itís time to celebrate!Ē
Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2022, stage 12
Overall Provisional Classification (after stage 12)