Bri­tain’s big­gest hope

Motorcycle News (UK) - - FEATURE -

Bri­tish rider Sam Sun­der­land signed for the fac­tory KTM team in 2015 af­ter win­ning stages of the Dakar and world cham­pi­onship rally events. A Dakar win still eludes him.

“The Dakar’s a huge, huge chal­lenge. The fact that it only hap­pens once a year means you get one shot, which if you mess up then you’ve blown it, which I’ve done a few times. It’s a bug, like climb­ing Ever­est. You try to do it 10 times and you fail 10 times but you still want to scale it.

“Do I en­joy it? Hard to say. If you asked a marathon run­ner at 20 miles, ‘are you hav­ing a good time?’ what would they say? You race be­cause you want to win, but at the time you are re­ally suf­fer­ing.”

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