British rider wins 2nd stage of the ‘Dakar’

dakar 2014_stage2_sunderlandRiding for TEAM HRC, British rider Sam Sunderland has just won the Dakar’s second special stage, his first stage win of his Dakar Rally career.

The second stage of the Rally Dakar brought the riders from San Luís to San Rafael, taking in a total of 354 km against the clock, and including a range of diverse terrain types; hard ground, rocks and even some 70 km of navigation through the challenging dunes of Nihuil.

The result marks back to back stage wins for TEAM HRC and the CRF450 RALLY and puts Sunderland up into third position, behind team-mate Joan Barreda who leads the overall classification, having taken victory in the rally’s first stage.

Sam Sunderland said afterwardsI’m really happy. The bike was fantastic, it’s been a great day with a mixture of different terrains, speed and technical zones. We got to the dunes which I get on really well with. It wasn’t a really long stretch, but it went well. I crossed the river which was deeper than I had expected, which got a few laughs out of the folk. But I’m really pleased for my first Dakar victory and to continue Honda’s winning streak.”