Dakar Rally: British rider Sam Sunderland wins stage two of the bike classification
British rider Sam Sunderland put his previous Dakar Rally troubles behind him to win stage two of this year's event.
Last Updated: 08/01/14 10:34pm
The 23-year-old Honda rider withdrew three days into the 2012 event and fractured both his wrists shortly before last year's edition but was a clear winner on Monday, finishing 39 seconds clear of Chile's Francisco Lopez Contardo on his KTM.
Spain's Joan Barreda Bort was third on his Honda and holds a lead of 2 minutes 3 seconds ahead of Lopez in the overall bike standings. Sunderland currently lies third overall, 2:33 behind Barreda.
In the car classification, two-time defending champion Stephane Peterhansel picked up a 62nd stage as the race moved from San Luis to San Rafael.
The Frenchman (Mini) finished 46 seconds clear of former World Rally Championship star Carlos Sainz (SMG) to establish a 28-second overall lead over the Spaniard.