Al-Attiyah wins his fourth Dakar and beats Sainz

Nasser Al-Attiyah champion of the Rally Dakar 2022 in the car category and thus wins his fourth touareg, by smoothly managing his wide lead in the twelfth and final stage of this edition, between Bisha and Jeddah over 164 kilometres, while in motorcycles it was Sam Sunderland (GasGas) who achieved his second Dakar.

Al-Attiyah he had more than half an hour of margin on the French Sebastien Loeb (BRX) and the little more than 160 timed kilometers of the last stage did not give rise to surprise. The Qatari adds his fourth Dakar, fourth touareg bronze, after a stage won by the South African Henk Lategan, and equals Ari Vatanen.

Overall, the best Spanish was Carlos Sainz. The driver from Madrid finished his journey with the Audi RS Q e-tron in ninth position after suffering several problems throughout the Dakar. Although not everything was bad. The three-time Dakar winner walks away with two stage victories under his belt, marking Audi’s first Rally triumphs.

Sunderland wins its second Dakar

In motorcycles, the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) took the last stage with a 3:25 advantage over a Sam Sunderland who managed the mattress he had well, being eighth in this last fight but taking the general with a margin of 3:27 over the Chilean, and with the Spanish Joan Barred fifth at 25:42 minutes.

Is he second Dakar for Sunderland, which won it in 2017 with KTM, and the first for the Spanish brand GasGas (a subsidiary of KTM). Barreda He fought until the end but it couldn’t be. The Spanish rider, who ran with a broken collarbone for much of the competition, was unable to achieve his goal of winning the Dakar but has managed to become the Spanish rider with the most victories in the Rally and is very close to Peterhansel’s record and Despres.

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