Courtesy of Red Bull Media Service Team
The British champion secures the two most prestigious titles in rally-raid.
(GBR) has sped his way to the 2019 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World
Championship. The British biker kept up his incredible form at Rally
Atacama to win the season-long rally-raid championship with a round to
spare. Here’s all you need to know:
– Sunderland arrived in Chile having won the opening two rounds of this year’s FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Championship.
– The wins at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge and the Silk Way Rally marked him out as the man to beat.
Local rider Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) managed to stop Sunderland’s
winning run at Rally Atacama, second place for Sunderland was enough to
secure this season’s World Championship.
– Sunderland is now the third member of the current Red Bull KTM Factory Team roster of riders to have won the two most prestigious titles in rally-raid.
– Price came to Rally Atacama after a long injury layoff due to a broken scaphoid bone in his wrist.
Two-time Dakar winner Price was quick to show he had lost none of his
speed as he won the prologue stage as well as the fourth desert stage.
The Australian rider finished in fourth place overall.
Walkner has also been recovering from injury for most of the season.
Like his team-mate Price, the rally in Chile was his first since the
Dakar and secured a Top 10 finish.
The riders of the Red Bull KTM Factory Team will be back in action at Rallye OiLibya du Maroc, which runs October 3–9.
– Sam Sunderland
– “In the back of my mind there was the thought that I had the chance
to get the (FIM Cross-Country Rallies) World Championship already done
here in Chile. To be honest, I tried not to think about it too much. But
now it’s done, with a round to spare, I’m really happy. It’s great to
see everybody’s hard work pay off. It’s such a big team effort.”
– Toby Price
– “It’s been a good comeback rally for me. It’s been high-speed
throughout. I still need to do some more work on the wrist and a few
other things that are not quite right yet. We’ll get that all looked at
and try to be ready for Morocco to get some more good training there.
We’re keeping our eyes on January and the Dakar.”
– Matthias Walkner
– “Considering this was a comeback rally for me, things went really
well. I did the best I could, and I know what I need to improve.”
Rally Atacama Overall – Bikes
1. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI) Husqvarna 15:15:59
2. Sam Sunderland (GBR) KTM +03:56
3. Joan Barreda (ESP) Honda +08:21
4. Toby Price (AUS) KTM +11:24
7. Matthias Walkner (AUT) KTM +27:11
10. Luciano Benavides (ARG) KTM +38:52