Sam Sunderland Out of Dakar Rally

Jean Turner | January 9, 2018

Sam Sunderland Out of Dakar Rally – Stunning news from the 2018 Dakar Rally this morning as leader and defending champion Sam Sunderland is reportedly out of the race. According to a brief statement on the Dakar website, Red Bull KTM factory rider Sam Sunderland pulled out of the final part of stage 4 “due to back pains.”

Sources on the ground say that Sunderland suffered a bad crash into a hole and suffered a compression injury to his back. BBC Sport reports that Sam Sunderland is currently being airlifted from the bivouac to a hospital in Peru.

Sam Sunderland Out of Dakar Rally

Sam Sunderland Out of Dakar Rally
Sam Sunderland is out of the Dakar Rally after injuring his back in stage 4.

Details and a stage 4 report from the 2018 Dakar Rally to come.

Sam Sunderland Out of Dakar Rally

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