News 7 Jan 2020

Sunderland leads Dakar Rally as Branch wins stage two

Price 17th on day two for an overall ranking of ninth.

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Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland leads the 2020 Dakar Rally, while it was KTM-mounted privateer Ross Branch who claimed victory on stage two.

Sunderland was second during the stage, promoting him to the top spot overall, while Pablo Quintanilla (Rockstar Energy Husqvarna Factory Racing) locked out the top three.

Monster Energy Honda Team’s Kevin Benavides (ARG) was fourth, followed by Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Luciano Benavides. Overall, Quintanilla and Kevin Benavides sit behind Sunderland, trailed by Luciano Benavides.

Australian and reigning Dakar champion Toby Price (Red Bull KTM Factory Racing) endured a difficult day two after winning the opening stage, finishing 17th for an overall ranking of ninth.

Compatriot Rodney Faggotter (Yamaha Motor Australia) wound up 18th on day two for a ranking of 19th, as fellow Aussies Phillip Wilson (Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team), Ben Young (Duust Rally Team), Trevor Wilson (Husqvarna) and Matthew Tisdall (Bas Dakar KTM Racing Team) are now ranked in positions 87, 88, 121, and 130.

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