Britain’s Sam Sunderland surrendered the 2020 Dakar lead yesterday after getting involved in a GPS problem that affected many of the leading riders.
The Red Bull KTM man didn’t get off to a good start with a small GPS issue ahead of the big tangle but took over the lead on the road. Sunderland was first to not find the missing way-point but even with organisers taking the results from kilometre 389, rather than the final 427 kilometre mark as originally planned, he still slipped to ninth overall, 17 minutes behind Ricky Brabec.
“The stage didn’t start too well for me as I had a small issue with my GPS, but after that I was able to push on and made my way to the front.
“I think I did a good job of opening the stage and didn’t make too many mistakes. After the refuelling I was the first to come across the missing waypoint and struggled for a long time to work it out, the other riders caught me there and it was a bit chaotic until we worked it out.
“Thankfully, that has all been sorted now and I can concentrate on winning back some time tomorrow.”