That’s it. The 2017 Dakar Rally is finally over, with Stage 12 concluding today in the capitol city of Buenos Aires, Argentina. With a short 64km timed special, the results were unlikely to change much, barring some sort of unexpected catastrophe.

Anything can happen in the Dakar Rally, and in what was billed as the toughest edition of this iconic race, we bet there were still some nervous hands during today’s session.

Two stages of the 2017 Dakar Rally had already been cancelled, and we had already seen top riders withdraw from this competition, namely KTM’s Toby Price, who dropped out while leading the Dakar, and Husqvarna’s Pablo Quintanilla, who withdrew while in second place.

As such, there was much delight when KTM’s Sam Sunderland not only finally finished his first full Dakar Rally, but did so by standing on the top step. Finally bucking his bad luck, Sunderland does so by also being the first British Dakar Rally winner, in any category.

The victory is also KTM’s 16th-straight Dakar Rally win, marking the occasion with an all-orange podium, as Matthias Walkner and Gerard Farres finished second and third behind Sunderland overall, respectively.

In fourth place is surely a frustrated Adrien van Beveren, the Yamaha rider finished just 48 seconds behind Farres, which is extra disappointing considering the one-minute penalty he received during Stage 11.

That is a tough break for the factory Yamaha team, though it shows that the Japanese manufacturer is a true contender now in the Dakar Rally.

The same can be said of Honda Racing, with the Monster Energy Honda Rally team showing tremendous potential as well, throughout the 2017 Dakar Rally.

If it had not been for a one-hour time penalty for a refueling mistake during Stage 4, Honda would have had two riders, Joan Barreda and Pablo Gonçalves, in winner’s contention. They finished fifth (+43 minutes) and sixth (+52 minutes) behind Sunderland, respectively. 

We can expect Honda to be a strong contender in future editions of the Dakar Rally, and despite this year’s result, the racing through the rally raid showed that KTM’s dominance is no longer assured.

There are four manufacturers now capable of winning this iconic race, which bodes well for the future.

Top 15 from Stage 12 – Río Cuarto to Buenos Aires:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha 30’29
2 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +0’0
3 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +0’18
4 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +0’33
5 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +1’25
6 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +1’42
7 DUPLESSIS Martín ARG Asistencia Med KTM +2’16
8 SALVATIERRA Juan Carlos BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +3’00
9 METGE Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +3’01
10 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +3’07
11 SANZ Laia SPA KTM Factory Racing Team KTM +3’08
12 KLYMCIW Ondrej CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +3’12
13 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +3’16
14 DE SOULTRAIT Xavier FRA Viltais Racing Team HFP Yamaha +3’25
15 PEDRERO Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +3’28

Provisional Top 15 Overall Standings for the 2017 Dakar Rally:

Pos. Rider Nation Team Bike Time
1 SUNDERLAND Sam GBR Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM 32:06’22
2 WALKNER Matthias AUT Red Bull KTM Rally Factory Team KTM +32’00
3 FARRES Gerard SPA Himoinsa Team KTM +35’40
4 VAN BEVEREN Adrien FRA Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +36’28
5 BARREDA Joan SPA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +43’08
6 GONCALVES Paulo POR Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +52’29
7 RENET Pierre-Alexandre FRA Husqvarna Factory Rally Team Husqvarna +57’35
8 CAIMI Franco ARG Honda South America Rally Team Honda +1:42’18
9 RODRIGUES Helder POR Yamalube Yamaha Official Rally Team Yamaha +2:03’06
10 RODRIGUES Joaquim POR Hero Motorsports Team Rally Hero +2:19’37
11 SALVATIERRA Juan Carlos BOL Duust Rally Team KTM +2:22’53
12 KLYMCIW Ondrej CZE Klymciw Racing Husqvarna +2:23’30
13 PEDRERO Joan SPA Sherco TVS Rally Factory Sherco +2:32’46
14 METGE Michael FRA Monster Energy Honda Team Honda +2:38’32
15 DUPLESSIS Martín ARG Asistencia Med KTM +3:01’04

Honda:

Yamaha Racing:

Red Bull:

Source: Dakar; Photos: Honda, Red Bull, & Yamaha Racing

  • Sayyed Bashir

    KTM, KTM, KTM.

  • HelloFriend

    What could have been for Honda without the 1-hour fueling penalty. Nonetheless, all Dakar riders, Pro or AM, amazing stuff.

  • paulus

    Honda’s offer was much stronger this year. No engine swaps.
    Hopefully this is because of design, not the shorter race this year.
    Well done to all involved. Still wondering about ‘Hero’ there in 10th… very little press on them, yet a top 10 finish, even ahead of Sherco.

  • Hornet

    This years Dakar just felt hollow, shortened and cancelled races due to weather, toby missing most of the race and then a whole bunch of Hondas being penalised. Congrats to Sam but i hope 2018 dakar is something a bit more stable and hopefully closer !

  • JSTNCOL

    Thanks for taking the time to cover all of the stages Jensen!

  • paulus

    agreed… much appreciated

  • Thanks boys!

  • AHA

    Ditto! Next year we’ll send you out there in the A&R chopper!