Sam Sunderland, a 24-year-old former motocrosser turned rally racer, joined the KTM factory team in 2014 and stands to benefit from riding alongside team veteran and four times Dakar winner Marc Coma of Spain and the other KTM factory riders.
The British rider, who is mostly based in Dubai made his Dakar debut in 2012 at just 22 years of age and delivered competitive results on the days he completed during the rally. Sunderland has also achieved success in the British Youth Championships, UAE MX2 & MX1 Championship titles, UAE National Baja Championship titles in 2010/2011, an Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge podium in 2012, a Merzouga Rally win in 2013 plus a stage win in this year’s Dakar event before retiring from the race.
He is considered a hot young prospect for the factory lineup and is expected to flourish under the influence and experience of the team.
Sunderland, the first British rider for 15-years to win a Dakar stage, will race the all-new KTM 450 RALLY machine that made its debut in 2014. He will contest some rounds of the Cross-Country Rallies World Championship throughout this year as he builds his confidence and speed ahead of the 2015 Dakar race.
Sunderland is set to make his rally race debut with KTM at round one of the Cross Country Rallies World Championship at the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge in April.
- DNF Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge - exit in 4th of five legs after 2 leg wins
- DNF Sealine Rally - exit in 4th stage with suspected wrist fracture