Dakar rider given win after stop­ping to help crash vic­tim

The Herald (South Africa) - - Sport -

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.

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