Sam Sunderland made history by finishing the last special in sixth place to take the overall win. The first Briton to win the Dakar, he claims the rally ahead of KTM teammate Matthias Walkner (+32’00”) and Gerard Farrés (+35’40). Both Sunderland and Walkner had never finished the infamous rally before. The duo made up for Toby Price’s abandon, their teammate and defending champion who retired after crashing and breaking his leg on Stage 4.
Sam Sunderland (GBR) of Red Bull KTM Factory Team at the finish line of stage 12 of Rally Dakar 2017 from Rio Cuarto to Buenos Aires, Argentina on January 14, 2017.
“It’s overwhelming,” admitted Sunderland. “When I crossed the line, the emotion really took over.
“It’s taken some time to change [from his motocross background], I’ve learned the hard way like everybody. I kept fighting and never gave up and I’m really grateful for all the people I have around me that have guided me. Everybody in the team has worked so hard, they all deserve this victory.”