SAM SUNDERLAND TAKES TOP HONORS AT THE SEALINE CROSS-COUNTRY RALLY.

Red Bull KTM factory rider Sam Sunderland wrapped up the win at the Sealine Cross-Country Rally in Qatar last week, the second round of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship. The British rider, who took second place in the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge two weeks ago, now moves into the lead in the world championship points.

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His KTM Factory Racing Team colleagues did not fare so well. Laia Sanz crashed in the opening stage. She retired with some muscle damage in her ellbow and returned home to Spain. The Australian Toby Price, winner of the first round at Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, retired after the second stage after a medical check revealed he had a slipped disk in his back, which was causing some pinched nerve problems in his leg. 

The next leg of the FIM Cross Country Rallies World Championship will be the Sardegna Rally Race in Italy on June 2nd-7th.

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Photos: Kin M.

Final Standings Sealine Cross-Country Rally 2016 after 5 of 5 stages
1. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, 19:14:07 h
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHI), Husqvarna, +9:38 min
3. Helder Rodrigues (POR), Yamaha, +30:46
4. Juan Carlos Salvatierra (BOL), KTM, +54:22
5. Pela Renet (FRA), Husqvarna, +1:00:27 h