Rally Dakar: Dubai based rider Sam Sunderland suffers mechanical woes in Argentina forcing retirement

Dubai based rider Sam Sunderland during stage 1 of the Dakar 2012

Dakar Stage 2:  After a strong start yesterday, starting in seventh place from Santa Rosa De La Pampa on stage two of his debut in Rally Dakar for the Bel-Ray SuperB Honda Team, Sam Sunderland had to withdraw from the race with electrical faults.

Difficult weather conditions in 40 degree heat with wind and rain made the day super tough for Sunderland who started the morning in seventh place. The British / Dubai based Sandstorm Motorcycles backed racer dropped to 11th place in the opening part of the special and then disappeared off the timing screens, as he was forced to stop at CP1 with an electrical issue. The team worked through the night to take parts to Sunderland to get him up and running as soon as possible.  Team mate Quin Cody is also reported to have retired with a broken collarbone injury.

Henk Hellegers: Bel-Ray SuperB Honda Team Owner “Today has been a tough day for us. Conditions are really difficult with a lot of wind and rain. In 40 degrees of heat it’s certainly been hard, and Quinn lost some time today so he is now in 20th place. For Sam he is currently stuck at CP1 with an electrical issue. We are getting the parts to him and hopefully we can get him back in the race as soon as possible. It’s been a frustrating day as we started out so well but we will keep working hard.”

Day 1:

Sam Sunderland produced a magnificent debut ride for his Dakar Rally challenge by securing 7th position on the 1st special stage on Day 1 of the rally. The Sandstorm rider, on board with Bel-Ray SuperB Honda for the Dakar was 1 min 5 sec off the pace, whilst fellow team mate Quin Cody lay in 4th place 30 seconds ahead.

Sam was selected to  join Johnny Campbell and Quin Cody as the third pro-rider for Hank Hellegers Team Honda Europe


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