Briton Sam Sunderland won the Dakar for the second time and won the first title of the race for GasGas, which becomes the sixth brand to win the rally together with KTM (18 victories), Yamaha (9), Honda (7), BMW (6) and Cagiva (2).
Champion in 2017 with KTM, the British rider did well in fierce disputes and took the Spanish brand GasGas, now owned by KTM, to the top of the podium in the most challenging rally in the world in which the difficulties on the course were the keynote.
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It seems that KTM's investment in the brand has had an effect and put an end to a sequence by Honda, which took the motorcycle title in 2020 and 2021. Before the achievements of the Asa brand, KTM itself dominated the rally, which accounted for 18 trophies in sequence.
Who took the podium
Sunderland, the winner, finished the race in 38 hours, 47 minutes and 30 seconds, just 3m27s ahead of second-placed Chilean Pablo Quintanilla, a Honda rider who won the last stage of the Dakar 2022 and took the podium for the third time. He was third in 2016 and runner-up in 2020.
Austrian Matthias Walkner completes the podium in third place, a KTM rider who won the 2018 edition and has two second places (2017 and 2019), with a difference of 6m47s from the leader.
From MotoGP to Dakar
Danilo Petrucci, ex-MotoGP rider, barely got out of motorcycle racing and has already entered the biggest and most difficult rally in the world. Although with his feet on the ground in terms of results, he achieved an unprecedented feat, winning a stage of the Dakar Rally.
Generally, riders who come out of off-road events tend to do well on asphalt, on the contrary it is more difficult, but Petrucci showed that the rules do not always have to be the same.
Final Classification – Dakar 2022 – Moto RallyGP – top ten
1st Sun Sunderland #3 (GBR) 38:47'30 – GASGAS
2nd Pablo Quintanilla #7 (CHI) +3:27 – HONDA
3rd Matthias Walkner #52 (AUT) +6:47 – KTM
4th Adrien Van Beveren #42 (FRA) +18:41 – YAMAHA
5th Joan Barreda #88 (ESP) +25:42 – HONDA
6th José Ignacio Cornejo #11 (CHI) +38:06 – HONDA
7th Ricky Brabec #2 (USA) +46:04 – HONDA
8th Andrew Short #29 (USA) +46:08 –
9th Toby Price #18 (AUS) +49:20 – KTM
10th Lorenzo Santolino #15 (ESP)+58:26 – SHERCO
Brazilian Quad in the Dakar
Marcelo Medeiros, from Maranhão, riding a Yamaha Raptor 700, came in sixth place in the Quads category, completing the race in 72h05m56s. Medeiros managed to win three stages of the competition.
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