‘NEW STYLE HAS PAID OFF’
MCN Senior Reporter Jordan Gibbons was on the ground during the heat of Battle
If I am completely honest, I didn’t expect Sam Sunderland to win. I didn’t even expect him to make it to the rest day, considering this is the first Dakar he hasn’t crashed out of before Stage 4, but there is no doubting that Sunderland is a worthy champion. Taking the time to speak to me in the blazing heat, while still saturated with frustration from losing 15 minutes with a navigation error, he admitted that this was the year he was toning down his aggressive style and it was a clear sign he had matured. Sure enough just one day later, this time in the freezing rain, he was effervescent after taking a lead he would hold to the end.
I also want to congratulate the rookies: Kurt Burroughs, Max Hunt and David Watson on finishing the Dakar at their first attempt. Lastly, a serious round of applause to Lyndon Poskitt who came second in Malle Moto, while racing with nothing but a toolbox for company.
Now 27, Sam’s maturity has helped him win