The first week of this 2021 Dakar has seen the Airohriders on the toughest stages in the world. The last stages get even harder in the second week.
Now the focus for Airohriders is to push every day to reach to the finish and improve in the standings.
Sam Sunderland: “Another long day and it was really, really fast. I tried my hardest to catch up to the guys in front but their pace was quite high and so I ended up riding most of the stage on my own, concentrating on my road book and trying to ensure a safe finish before rest day. This first week has been good, I’ve been able to avoid the big yo-yo effect of leading out and then playing catch up by just staying consistent every day. It seems to have paid off too, because I’m in a good position overall and feel strong for next week.”
Pablo Quintanilla: “Today was the last day before the rest day. It was quite a tough one, mostly ridden in between the dunes and valleys. As the whole day was really fast it was difficult to make up a lot of time on the leaders. I’m pleased with how I rode and happy that we have the rest day now. The first week has been good, thankfully it has gone without any problems – I feel good and have not had any big crashes. We still have six days to go, so there is a lot of riding left to do.”
Dakar 2021, after Stage 6
6. Sam Sunderland (KTM)
9. Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco)
10. Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna)
20. Jaume Betriu (KTM)
27. Rui Gonçalves (Sherco)
35. Harith Noah (Sherco)
credits: press.ktm.com; husqvarna-motorcycle.com and Sherco racing
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