British hope Sam Sunderland has been forced to retire from the 2015 Dakar 67km into the fourth stage following a crash which has left him dizzy and with shoulder ligament damage. The factory KTM rider won the opening stage of the Dakar before losing close to two and half hours on stage two when he got lost. He put in a solid performance on stage three to finish the stage in 11th and remained determined to show he had the pace to run at the front even if any chance of a podium finish had vanished.
The stage itself belonged to two men – Honda’s Joan Barreda and KTM’s Marc Coma. The two men were in a class of their own and having completed a monster 594km liaison stage which included crossing the Andes and climbing to over 5000m in sub zero conditions before the 315km timed special stage began.