British rider Sam Sunderland stormed to the first stage win of his career in the Dakar Rally’s epic second stage from San Luis to San Rafael in Argentina.

Motorcycle News: Sam Sunderland impressed all with his stage 2 win
After a gruelling 354km against the clock, which featured a range of tough ground, rocks and over 70km through the intimidating dunes of Nihuil, 24-year old Sunderland emerged as victor, placing him 3rd in the overall rankings.

The stage was an impressive victory for Sam Sunderland, who seemed particularly relaxed as he demonstrated just how he had earned a place in TEAM HRC with his text book ride through the notoriously difficult dunes. 

Motorcycle News: Sam Sunderland claimed the second win for TEAM HRC

The win marks back to back stage wins for TEAM HRC, with team-mate Joan Barreda winning the rally’s first stage onboard his CRF450 RALLY machine. 

Commenting on his recent victory, Sam Sunderland said “I’m really happy. The bike was fantastic, it’s been a great day with a mixture of different terrains, speed and technical zones. We got to the dunes which I get on really well with. It wasn’t a really long stretch, but it went well. I crossed the river which was deeper than I had expected, which got a few laughs out of the folk. But I’m really pleased for my first Dakar victory and to continue Honda’s winning streak.”

The next leg moves from San Rafael to San Juan, with a connection of 292km followed by the 373km special stage.

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