Dakar: Al-Attiyah crowned for the 4th time in a car, Sunderland titled in a motorcycle

Qatari Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota) won the 4th Dakar in a car for the fourth time in his career ahead of Frenchman Sébastien Loeb on Friday. The Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM) is titled for the second time in motorcycling.

Nasser al-Attiyah (Toyota) returns to the throne. The Qatari won the Dakar rally for the fourth time in his car career on Friday. It had already been titled in 40, 2015 and 2019. Winner of the prologue and a stage, he beat Frenchman Sébastien Loeb (Prodrive).

Briton Sam Sunderland (KTM), aged 32 years, won his second Dakar rally-raid on a motorcycle, after a first success in 2017 in South America. He is ahead of the Chilean Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) and the Austrian Matthias Walkner (KTM). Frenchman Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha) finished just off the podium.

The first British biker to win the Dakar, Sunderland had already nearly doubled the lead 2019, but he had finished 3rd behind his teammates Toby Price and Matthias Walkner, and still in 2019 , when he again finished 3rd in the wake of Kevin Benavides and Ricky Brabec. This winter, he started a new adventure. After six contested editions with the Red Bull KTM factory team, he joined the official GasGas team. This questioning was therefore fruitful.

A Frenchman titled in quad

In a particularly eventful, Sunderland, leader of the general during the first week, animated the passes of arms of the last days to finally take back the first place from his brother-in-law Van Beveren (Sunderland is married to the sister of the French driver) only at the day before the finish.

Alexandre Giroud (Yamaha) became the first French winner in quad. The 40 year-old driver, whose best result in six participations since 2017 was a fourth place in 2019, wins the edition 2022, 32 years after his father Daniel became the first to reach the finish on this type of vehicle.

This concludes an edition marked by the explosion of a car on its way to the bivouac, three days before the start of the rally-raid in Jeddah. The French government had taken up the subject and has since been studying the terrorist trail while pushing for the cancellation of the race. Hypothesis swept away by the organizers.