4/26/2017 6:58:10 AM

Easy for Sunderland in the bikes’ section

Easy for Sunderland in the bikes’ section

DAKAR winner Sam Sunderland lived up to his favourite’s tag in the bikes’ section of Qatar Cross-Country Rally.

The Briton, riding for Red Bull KTM 450 Rally, made it three in a row in Qatar as he finished 7min, 42sec ahead of Portugal’s Paolo Goncalves. Austrian Matthias Walkner, also riding for Red Bull KTM 450 Rally, finished third.

“It has been a good race and it has been as tough as always in Qatar with the navigation,” said Sunderland.

“I felt good and the bike was perfect and the team did a great job. We’ve a bit of a break now before the next one. So I’ve time to recharge the batteries and refocus.”

Poland’s Rafal Sonik survived a fourth stage suspension arm breakage to clinch a comfortable victory in the quad category.

Peru’s Alexis Hernandez recovered from a 40-minute time penalty, road book scrolling issues and a heavy landing in a hole to clinch the runner-up spot ahead of Dutch rider Kees Koolen. 

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