Sam Sunderland’s Forced Exit Due To Injury, Unable To Defend Title At 2018 Dakar Rally

Posted On : 11-01-2018

On January 10, the team of Dakar Rally took to Twitter to announce that the Dubai-based British racer has “abandoned” the event. He had been suffering from a spinal injury that persisted for 5km more until he had to retire due to the severe pain and a loss of sensation in his legs. Sunderland then stopped immediately and requested for medical assistance.

 

Defending champion Sam Sunderland is officially out of the 2018 Dakar due to back pains.

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The 28-year-old landed heavily in a big hole while searching for the second control waypoints on the stage, according to Fox Sports, the impact compressing his spine.

However, KTM UK reassured fans that Sunderland is “now back at the bivouac receiving attention from the medical staff” with a promise of updates once they “hear more”.

Due to Sunderland’s forced exit, the success of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team depends on Toby Price and Matthias Walkner.

After the fourth stage, the motorcycle standings are:

MOTORCYCLE STANDINGS AFTER STAGE 4

  1. Adrien van Beveren (Yamaha) 11hr 3min 23sec
  2. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) +1min 55sec
  3. Kevin Benavides (Honda) +3min 15sec
  4. Matthias Walkner (KTM) +5min 23sec
  5. Xavier de Soultrait (Yamaha) +7min 34sec
  6. TOBY PRICE (KTM) +10min 14sec
  7. 7 Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) +12min 6sec
  8. Franco Caimi (Yamaha) +12min 48sec
  9. Gerard Farres (KTM) +13min 5sec
  10. Antoine Meo (KTM) +13min 47sec

 

(Source: Fox News)
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