Sunderland exits the rally
Day 4 of the Dakar 2018 brings up sorrow for last years winner Sam Sunderland. The fourth stage around San Juan de Marco was very demanding. With around 100 km of sandy dunes of all shapes and sizes, today’s special was one of the most difficult stages in the Dakar Rally.
Unfortunately, the KTM Red Bull rider Sam Sunderland dropped out of the Dakar 2018. After a strong performance in day one and three, he couldn’t make it to the finish line today. The British rider suffered a back trauma after a crush between checkpoint three and four and he was evacuated to the bivouac. Fortuntelly, this means he didn’t suffered life-threatening injuries but details regarding the incident remain limited.
Adrien van Beveren leads the way
The Yamaha rider Adrien van Beveren won the fourth stage of 2018 Dakar after a fine performance in the Ica Desert. He crossed the finish line of the 330 km special first with a lead of five minutes over his fellow Yamaha rider and countryman Xavier de Soultrait.
“It’s really special. I started in the second line, so it was good. I had a good fight with Barreda at the beginning of the stage. After that I was very thirsty, so I took my time – the Dakar will not be won over 100 kilometres. I told myself I had to be calm and wait for the moment to pass the riders in front of me. When we arrived in the dunes, I had the opportunity to come back. I’m happy because I came back and caught everybody and then I opened the way for more than one hundred kilometres in the end. Xavier was with me so it was super fun to ride. I pushed a bit, but, you know, to win the special by ten seconds or by one minute, it's better to win by one minute, so it’s cool. I’m happy”.
The second competitor to finish today’s stage is Xavier de Soultrait followed by KTM Red Bull rider Matthias Walker, two minutes behind. Day three top finisher Toby Price was not in a top shape, he only managed a modest 15th position on the grid crossing the finish line 13 minutes after the leader.
The biggest comeback today is the Spanish Honda rider Juan Barreda Bort that arrived on the 9th position with a 10 minutes gap from the lead. In the three Barreda had some navigation problems putting him down the list in the 28th position. Fortunately, the 2018 Dakar is still on with ten more stages to go.
Results after stage 4
1. ADRIEN VAN BEVEREN – YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL TEAM- 04H 08' 23''
2. XAVIER DE SOULTRAIT – YAMALUBE YAMAHA OFFICIAL TEAM – 04H 13' 24''
3. MATTHIAS WALKNER – RED BULL KTM FACTORY TEAM – 04H 15' 33''
4 PABLO QUINTANILLA – ROCKSTAR ENERGY HUSQVARNA FACTORY – 04H 15' 55''
5. STEFAN SVITKO – SLOVNAFT RALLY TEAM – 04H 16' 08''
6. DANIEL OLIVERAS CARRERAS – HIMOINSA RACING TEAM. – 04H 17' 02''
7 JOSE IGNACIO CORNEJO FLORIMO – MONSTER ENERGY HONDA – 04H 17' 08''
8. KEVIN BENAVIDES – MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM – 04H 17' 37''
9. JOAN BARREDA BORT – MONSTER ENERGY HONDA TEAM – 04H 18' 23''
10. GERARD FARRES GUELL – HIMOINSA RACING TEAM. – 04H 18' 34''