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Dakar Sam wants to go all the way

Motorcycle News (UK) - - This Week -

Bri­tish rider, Sam Sun­der­land has landed at the Dakar, look­ing to take his pre­vi­ous stage win and turn it into some­thing a lit­tle big­ger. Rid­ing with the in­sanely suc­cess­ful fac­tory KTM squad team along­side Toby Price, Laia Sanz, Matthias Walkner – he’s chas­ing the big win.

While the rider is of­ten the weak­est link, the bike has to be ut­terly bul­let­proof, and Sun­der­land reck­ons his KTM is more than up to the chal­lenge. “You can have a bike which is 10kmh faster but the Dakar is for so many days and you’re on your own for so many hours that it needs to be re­li­able,” Sun­der­land told MCN. “The KTM is strong, fast, and 70- odd horse­power out of a 450 is crazy re­ally. Some­times we are flat- out for 30 or 40 min­utes at 150kmh or more, and the bike has to be re­ally well made to get through that.”

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