Bikes -Sunderland wins first ever bike class Silk Way Rally

Bikes -Sunderland wins first ever bike class Silk Way Rally

16.07.2019: SILK WAY RALLY Final Stage Tuesday, July 16th 2019 It is never over until it’s over – especially in rally-raid. So even if he had a comfortable lead going into this last stage, Sam Sunderland was clearly relieved to get across the finish line to


SILK WAY RALLY
Final Stage
Tuesday, July 16th 2019



It is never over until it’s over – especially in rally-raid. So even if he had a comfortable lead going into this last stage, Sam Sunderland was clearly relieved to get across the finish line to take victory in the first ever Silk Way Rally for bikes. In the process he increases his lead in the FIM World Championship by a substantial margin.



Sam Sunderland (Red Bull KTM Factory):
“It has been an amazing experience, going through so much different scenery, seeing so many different sights. It is one of the things I really like most about our sport. Congratulations to the organisers for putting it all together – they did a great job. As far as the race was concerned it was a tough one.



Especially these last three days in China. Fortunately, by the time we got here I had a small lead and was able to manage my race a little bit. Many thanks to my team for all their hard work.”



If there weren’t too many surprises as far as the win was concerned, Andrew Short certainly wasn’t the favourite to take second overall. Opening the track this morning – something he’d never done before – with both Van Beveren and Kevin Benavides just seconds behind him, not even Andrew thought he had much of a chance.



Andrew Short (Rockstar Husqvarna) 2nd:
“For me it was the best-case scenario. I think I was very fortunate that it was really fast and defined on the roads. In terms of navigation it wasn’t too critical today. There were a couple of sections that were tricky and my speed wasn’t bad either. A good experience because in the future I think I will know I can open and it will be OK. Really happy with my result and really happy to have this opportunity with the team to come and do this, because it is a really cool.”




Unfortunately for Adrien Van Beveren it was one of Short’s ‘tricky sections’ that stopped the Frenchman from taking 2nd. Leading the special at the refuelling point and ‘virtually’ second overall, the Yamaha rider lost the lead he’d worked so hard to build up just 10 km from the end, only holding off Kevin Benavides by 36 seconds!




Adrien Van Beveren (Yamaha Rally Team) 3rd: “I rode really fast to try to catch Andrew (Short) and then right at the end I lost 2 or 3 minutes in the river bed to find the good way and I lost all the time I taken back til then. I’m disappointed because I pushed so much through all the special to make the difference – it is a shame to have this mistake at the end. It is difficult to take back seconds and so easy to lose minutes. It is like that…”



In the quads Rafal Sonik from Poland won the race ahead of Alexsandr Maksimov from Russia, who won the last special to push his rival all the way to the end.



Rafal Sonik (Yamaha Raptor 700) 1st quad: “Neither my team or I made any big mistakes on this rally. You need to be racing right from the start, not look just on the big stages, find the right tempo and know when to be patient. The organisers did a great job, the rally has been organised in a very good way, especially the road book.



I have not even one compliant, the road book was almost perfect. If someone does the road book off-hand, not paying attention, I always complain but here no complaints whatsoever.”
 






2019 Silk Way Rally: Stage 10 Results



Bike: Top 3


1. Kevin Benavides (ARG)   Honda   02:40:49
2. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA)   Yamaha   +00:01:50
3. Andrew Short (USA)   Husqvarna   +00:02:02





2019 Silk Way Rally: Overall Rankings after Stage 10


Bike: Top 3

1. Sam Sunderland (GBR)   KTM   26:12:47
2. Andrew Short (USA)   Husqvarna   +00:20:22
3. Adrien Van Beveren (FRA)   Yamaha   +00:21:01
5. Luciano Benavides (ARG)   KTM   +00:36:50
7. Laia Sanz (ESP)   KTM   +01:56:26




- Chris Rodrigo, photo Red Bull

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