‘ This win is a warn­ing shot to his ri­vals’

Motorcycle News (UK) - - Sport - MICHAEL GUY

Win­ning Dakar and ce­ment­ing his place in the his­tory books is one thing, but the fact that Sun­der­land has come out and won the next big race of 2017 is a big warn­ing shot to his ri­vals.

While there is no dis­put­ing his pace, fit­ness or com­mit­ment to rac­ing, Sun­der­land has en­dured some big in­juries in his ca­reer, which have ul­ti­mately af­fected his results.

As a rider he al­ways tried to make up the dif­fer­ence by push­ing harder and, hav­ing rid­den with him, trust me when I say he is a rider with un­be­liev­able nat­u­ral speed with the balls to twist the throt­tle!

How­ever his light bulb mo­ment to change his tac­tics came when he was ly­ing in a ditch with a bro­ken Fe­mur af­ter crash­ing out of the Morocco rally at the end of 2015. The ca­reer-threat­en­ing in­jury saw him re­vise his strat­egy – let­ting his pace do the talk­ing when it suits and stay­ing calm and get­ting to the fin­ish when it doesn’t.

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