Dubai’s fastest off-road rider, Sam Sunderland, will be competing in the forthcoming 2011 Australasian Safari, riding a rally-prepared Husaberg FE570.
With support from Red Bull, Volkswagen and Geodis Wilson, Sunderland is poised to make a good showing at the eight-day event, which runs from September 22-30.
The young rider has already made a name for himself racing motocross, baja and in the first round of the 2011 World Cross-Country Rally Championship, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. Regularly the quickest rider on the motocross track, Sam, a KTM-UAE Racing Team rider, has won the Dubai Motocross Championship twice in a row in both MX1 and MX2 classes.
To date, however, his biggest accomplishment has been his challenging first ever rally experience in this year’s Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge. It was during this event that Sam’s riding talent really came to the fore, as he bested three-time World Cross-Country Rally Champion, Marc Coma with two stage wins!
“I’m really looking forward to the 2011 Australasian Safari, I have a great team behind me, which is very important in a race like this. As a rider you already have so much going on with navigation, terrain, competition, fatigue and so on that you really need to have trust in your team to have everything else set to go,” said Sunderland.
“There is some really strong competition from abroad also entered, but I have been up against big names and teams my whole life and the way I see it is they only have two arms and two legs the same as anyone else.
Of course experience is a huge part of these races, but I am happy there are good riders to race,” he continued.
Sam will be riding with the Husaberg Rallye Team on a Husaberg FE570, prepared for the rigours of the safari event. He will compete in the Super-Production category.
Sam Sunderland, who hails from Great Britain, is a rider for the KTM-UAE Racing Team and is supported by Red Bull, Volkswagen and Geodis Wilson.
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