2015 Dakar Rally Stage 1 Results | KTM’s Sunderland in Lead

KTM's Sam Sunderland at Stage One Dakar Rally 2015
KTM's Sam Sunderland

2015 Dakar Rally Stage 1 Motorcycle Results

Last season, Sam Sunderland struggled during the opening stages of the Dakar Rally. But not this year; the Red Bull KTM 450 Rally pilot opened up 2015 Dakar Rally with a win.

This was his second-career Dakar stage win, and he dominated Sunday’s route that took riders from Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz in Argentina. In total, 521 miles were traveled, including a 412-mile liaison and 108-mile special.

Sunderland finished the timed special in 18 hours 57 minutes, and the next 22 riders finished within a six-minute margin – very impressive for the Dakar Rally.

Sunderland, who resides in Dubai, finished a mere 0.05 of a second ahead of Portugal’s Paolo Conclaves (Honda) ad 1:12 minutes ahead of teammate and four-time Dakar winner Marc Coma.

“It’s difficult to judge your strategy based on the first day because you still don’t know who’s pulled out all the stops. It’s also important not to go all in, you’ve got to leave something for the other stages,” says Sunderland, who signed with the KTM Factory Team in early 2014.

“However, I think I had a good special and that’s always a reason to be happy. The bike didn’t miss a beat, it was very fast and I probably posted a good time. I’m a contender… for the first day. I hope I’m also a contender at the end, but we’ve only covered 175 kilometers and there’s still a long road before us,” he said after the stage. Sunderland is correct – 175 km in the bank and 4577 km of tough timed specials to the finish line.

The official Dakar report says Sunderland now has good reason to reassess his goals, although the 25-year-old knows that the race is long and the competition will be fierce. Gonçalves, for instance, wants to make amends in South America. The Portuguese 2013 rally world champion broke down in tears when his Honda burst into flames during the fifth stage of the 2014 Dakar.

Paulo Gonclaves says ”The 2015 Dakar is really under way now. If I’d know I was running second, just a few seconds behind Sam Sunderland, I would’ve pushed a bit harder to try and win the special. No big deal, I’m very happy. We’ve got a long stage coming tomorrow and we’ll be racing up front.

“For me, what’s important is to stay on my bike and avoiding the problems that plagued me in previous year. I hope I won’t run into trouble and to finish the race in a decent position. I really want to help Honda win the Dakar. They’ve worked their socks off to put this amazing bike together, and I hope I can give something back to them by doing my bit for a Dakar victory.”

As for Coma, he’s the favorite to win this year considering his main rival – five team Dakar winner Cyril Despres – has switched to four wheels for 2015 (Despres and his Peugeot teammate Picard, finished 33rd, 10:39 minutes behind stage winner Al-Attiyah and Baumel).

“I felt good. It was quite an easy, fast stage, a very fast one. Avoiding mistakes was obviously very important. The start’s always risky business because you want to push hard and open up gaps. The stage was awesome. Rain over the last few days made certain spots muddy or wet, but nothing too difficult,” Coma says.

Coma was followed 0.29 of a second back by Joan Barreda on the Honda CRF 450 Rally.

Barreda Bort says ”We got off to a fast start today. At some points we were riding at 180 km/h! There was some risk, with holes on the course filled with water from recent rains. It was difficult to judge. I eased up a bit towards the end because I’d got near Marc [Coma] and riding conservatively was enough with a view towards tomorrow’s stage. It’ll be a long day, and the latter half will have a stronger Dakar flavor, putting navigational skills to the test. Today can be described as a warm-up. Tomorrow will be a different story, one of the longest stages. But I’m all psyched up and looking forward to real action.”

Rounding out the top 10 were Sherco’s Alain Duclos, Honda’s Jeremías Israel, KTM’s David Casteu, KTM’s Matthias Walkner, Yamaha’s Olivier Pain, and KTM’s Jordi Viladoms.

Olivier Pain – a former teammate of Cyril Despres summed up stage one in 2015 Dakar Rally: “You had to be wary. There were ruts all over the world, with shadows in the undergrowth which made it a tricky stage, what with the high speeds reached today. My aim for today was to get used to the road book again. I hope I’m in the top 10 ahead of tomorrow’s big stage. I got a feel for the bike at high speeds… but I can still kick it up a notch, I think I’ve still got some margin left. This is just the beginning and there are still 12 stages left. That’s the way the Dakar is, nothing is set in stone.”

Sunday’s action was intense, but many more challenges lay ahead. Monday’s stage two takes riders from Villa Carlos Paz to San Juan. Total distance will be 322 miles, with a timed special of 66 miles.

2015 Dakar Rally Stage 1 Results – Buenos Aires to Villa Carlos Paz – 412-mile liaison, 108-mile special (521 miles):

Pos.NameMarkTimevariationPenalty

1

6

KTM01:18:57

2

7

HONDA01:19:0200:00:05

3

1

KTM01:20:0900:01:12

4

2

HONDA01:20:3800:01:41

5

14

SHERCO TVS01:21:0500:02:08

6

12

HONDA01:21:1300:02:16

7

9

KTM01:21:3300:02:36

8

27

KTM01:21:3900:02:42

9

31

KTM01:21:5500:02:58

10

11

KTM01:21:5900:03:02

11

26

KTM01:22:2800:03:31

12

5

HONDA01:22:2900:03:32

13

3

YAMAHA01:22:3100:03:34

14

4

KTM01:22:4200:03:45

15

10

YAMAHA01:23:2700:04:30

16

22

HONDA01:23:2900:04:32

17

29

HONDA01:23:4300:04:46

18

30

YAMAHA01:23:5300:04:56

19

15

YAMAHA01:24:1100:05:14

20

23

GASGAS01:24:2900:05:32

21

17

YAMAHA01:24:3700:05:40

22

20

KTM01:24:5100:05:54

23

18

  • SVITKO (SVK)

KTM01:24:5200:05:55

24

21

KTM01:24:5300:05:56

25

33

KTM01:25:1500:06:18

26

25

SHERCO TVS01:25:2900:06:32

27

19

YAMAHA01:25:3200:06:35

28

24

HONDA01:25:3300:06:36

29

28

KTM01:26:2500:07:28

30

34

KTM01:26:3600:07:39

31

8

KTM01:26:5000:07:53

32

120

YAMAHA01:27:3200:08:35

33

16

HONDA01:28:2000:09:23

34

32

KTM01:28:3100:09:34

35

37

  • VOGELS (NLD)

KTM01:28:3500:09:38

36

35

  • STANOVNIK (SVN)

KTM01:28:3600:09:39

37

60

KAWASAKI01:28:4700:09:50

38

62

KTM01:28:4800:09:51

39

160

KTM01:28:4900:09:52

40

44

  • DE SOULTRAIT (FRA)

YAMAHA01:29:5600:10:59

41

45

YAMAHA01:29:5600:10:59

42

36

KTM01:30:0200:11:05

43

38

KTM01:30:2200:11:25

44

46

YAMAHA01:30:4200:11:45

45

53

KTM01:31:0800:12:11

46

39

YAMAHA01:31:2100:12:24

47

49

KTM01:31:2500:12:28

48

47

GASGAS01:31:4100:12:44

49

88

SHERCO01:33:1200:14:15

50

48

KTM01:33:2300:14:26

51

50

  • BUTUZA (ROU)

KTM01:34:1500:15:18

52

52

KAWASAKI01:34:4900:15:52

53

57

KTM01:36:0500:17:08

54

54

  • ARREDONDO (GTM)

KTM01:37:0100:18:04

55

109

KTM01:37:0700:18:10

56

79

YAMAHA01:37:1200:18:15

57

40

SUZUKI01:37:3900:18:42

58

103

KTM01:37:4500:18:48

59

137

KTM01:37:4700:18:50

60

71

SHERCO01:37:4900:18:52

61

81

KTM01:37:4900:18:52

62

66

KTM01:38:0600:19:09

63

129

KTM01:38:1100:19:14

64

125

KTM01:38:1500:19:18

65

87

KTM01:38:1600:19:19

66

78

KTM01:38:2800:19:31

67

84

KTM01:38:5500:19:58

68

65

KTM01:38:5900:20:02

69

77

HONDA01:39:0400:20:07

70

83

  • DAMDINKHORLOO (MNG)

KTM01:39:0900:20:12

71

161

KAWASAKI01:39:1600:20:19

72

68

KTM01:39:1900:20:22

73

72

KTM01:39:2700:20:30

74

113

KTM01:39:3600:20:39

75

67

KTM01:39:3800:20:41

76

69

YAMAHA01:39:3800:20:41

77

73

HUQSVARNA01:39:4200:20:45

78

114

KTM01:39:4400:20:47

79

82

KTM01:39:5100:20:54

80

63

KTM01:39:5700:21:00

81

70

KTM01:40:0100:21:04

82

140

HUSQVARNA01:40:2800:21:31

83

56

KTM01:40:5100:21:54

84

75

KTM01:41:0100:22:04

85

76

KTM01:41:0700:22:10

86

59

KTM01:41:2400:22:27

87

144

  • UDRY (CHE)

KTM01:41:2900:22:32

88

151

  • ENGEL (CZE)

KTM01:41:4400:22:47

89

51

HONDA01:41:5900:23:02

90

80

YAMAHA01:42:0100:23:04

91

55

SUZUKI01:42:1000:23:13

92

100

  • CROQUELOIS (FRA)

KTM01:42:2300:23:26

93

139

  • VAN BERGEIJK (NLD)

HUSABERG01:42:2900:23:32

94

86

KTM01:42:3500:23:38

95

168

KTM01:42:4200:23:45

96

107

  • TOIA (ITA)

KTM01:42:4700:23:50

97

126

  • VAN HEERTUM (NLD)

KTM01:43:0100:24:04

98

95

KTM01:43:0500:24:08

99

89

KTM01:43:1800:24:21

100

74

KAWASAKI01:44:1500:25:18

101

156

KTM01:44:2800:25:31

102

138

KTM01:44:3200:25:35

103

90

KTM01:44:3500:25:38

104

58

KTM01:44:4700:25:50

105

118

YAMAHA01:45:5000:26:53

106

91

HUQSVARNA01:46:0700:27:10

107

98

KAWASAKI01:46:4000:27:43

108

146

BETA01:46:5200:27:55

109

132

KTM01:47:0900:28:12

110

158

  • MARTENS (NLD)

KTM01:47:5500:28:58

111

149

HUSABERG01:48:0100:29:04

112

153

  • PETRONE (ARG)

YAMAHA01:48:1000:29:13

113

165

KTM01:48:5500:29:58

114

102

YAMAHA01:49:4200:30:45

115

85

KTM01:49:4500:30:48

116

97

  • GIMENO GARCÍA (ESP)

KTM01:49:4800:30:51

117

101

KTM01:49:4800:30:51

118

96

KTM01:49:4900:30:52

119

111

  • CUYPERS (FRA)

KTM01:50:0800:31:11

120

115

YAMAHA01:51:1500:32:18

121

155

KAWASAKI01:52:5300:33:56

122

154

YAMAHA01:53:1400:34:17

123

121

  • SENNVANBASEL (NLD)

KTM01:53:3300:34:36

124

133

KTM01:53:4400:34:47

125

148

KTM01:53:4700:34:50

126

163

KTM01:53:4900:34:52

127

92

KAWASAKI01:53:5500:34:58

128

166

KTM01:54:3800:35:41

129

134

KTM01:55:0200:36:05

130

152

YAMAHA01:55:1300:36:16

131

147

HONDA01:55:4700:36:50

132

93

KTM01:56:0000:37:03

133

159

KTM01:56:1400:37:17

134

150

GASGAS01:56:4000:37:43

135

61

  • ONTIVEROS (ARG)

BETA01:57:0800:38:11

136

128

KTM01:57:2100:38:24

137

131

KTM01:57:2800:38:31

138

127

KTM01:57:5100:38:54

139

167

KTM01:58:1100:39:14

140

99

KTM01:58:5300:39:56

141

136

YAMAHA01:59:0300:40:06

142

110

YAMAHA02:01:4500:42:48

143

117

KTM02:02:1500:43:18

144

108

KTM02:02:2300:43:26

145

116

  • FOURNY (BEL)

YAMAHA02:02:4400:43:47

146

64

KTM02:03:1000:44:13

147

141

HONDA02:04:4700:45:50

148

105

YAMAHA02:05:3100:46:34

149

135

HONDA02:06:0400:47:07

150

104

HUSQVARNA02:07:0400:48:07

151

124

HONDA02:08:0600:49:09

152

123

HONDA02:08:1600:49:19

153

164

  • NARINO (USA)

HUSQVARNA02:08:2700:49:30

154

145

YAMAHA02:08:3300:49:36

155

112

HONDA02:09:1000:50:13

156

162

KAWASAKI02:14:3100:55:34

157

157

  • SABBATUCCI (ITA)

YAMAHA02:15:4000:56:43

158

143

KTM02:21:0101:02:04

159

42

HONDA02:44:5501:25:58

160

106

KTM04:05:3902:46:4201:00:00