4/19/2017 7:18:56 AM

Sunderland starts favourite

Sunderland starts favourite

INTENSE competition is on cards in the bikes’ category at the Qatar Rally as it constitutes the third round of FIM World Cup for Cross-Country Rallies.

Dakar Rally champion Sam Sunderland leads the challenge in bikes after his win in the last round in Abu Dhabi.

The Dubai-based Briton will be hoping to repeat last year’s victory in Qatar to boost his points’ tally in the five-round series and extend Red Bull KTM Factory Team’s lead in the Manufacturers’ competition.

Chile’s World champion Pablo Quintanilla of the Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Team is Sunderland’s main rival. The local hope rests on Ahmed Al Kuwari.

In the quads section, Poland’s Rafal Sonik, who has won three times in Qatar (2012, 2013 and 2015) is the favourite, but Kuwait’s Fahad Al Musallam, who leads the series, is also good on his day. dsp

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