Dakar rider given win after stopping to help crash victim
British motorcyclist Sam Sunderland was promoted to fifthstage winner on the Dakar Rally on Friday after sportingly stopping mid-race to help a fellow rider who had fallen and suffered a head injury.
Frenchman Xavier de Soultrait, on a Yamaha, had been the first across the line on the run from Moquegua to Arequipa while Sunderland, on a KTM, finished 14th, 7min 29sec behind.
However, the 29-year-old lost more than 10 minutes when he came to the aid of Portugal’s Honda rider Paulo Goncalves, who was injured in a fall after 155km of the stage.
Goncalves suffered a head injury and a broken right hand, forcing him into the fifth retirement of his Dakar career.
Stewards decided to hand Sunderland back the 10 minutes he spent at the Portuguese rider’s side, thus making him the stage winner by a margin of 3min 23sec.