Sam Sunderland achieves his second Dakar win by keeping cool, calm, and consistent. Big congrats to Sam and the folks at GasGas Factory Racing.
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HE DID IT! WE DID IT! SAM SUNDERLAND AND GASGAS ARE DAKAR RALLY WINNERS!
HISTORY MADE WITH FIRST EVER DAKAR RALLY VICTORY FOR GASGAS FACTORY RACING
Sam Sunderland and GASGAS Factory Racing have won the 2022 Dakar Rally! Delivering exactly the kind of mature, considered performance we’ve come to expect of him over the last two weeks, in finishing eighth in today’s final stage, Sam has claimed overall victory at the 44th Dakar Rally. And, at the end of 12 grueling days of racing across the Saudi Arabian desert, he’s handed GASGAS our first ever victory at the world’s most iconic rally raid event!
Sam Sunderland wins Dakar Rally 2022!
GASGAS Factory Racing claims first Dakar title!
Two stage wins for Daniel Sanders before injury
Sam Sunderland:“Wow. What a feeling! That 10-minute period waiting at the end of the final stage to see if I’d won felt like a lifetime. But this feeling, knowing I’ve won a second Dakar, will stay in my memory forever. This win feels better than the first as this victory was anything but easy. The times were so close this year and there was no time to let off the gas, it was a really close race, right to the end. All of the hard work, the sacrifices, and everything that the GASGAS team has done for me makes it all worthwhile. It’s been five years since my first Dakar win, and it’s been a long time to wait! I’m super happy to get another win and claim the first one for GASGAS. Everyone on the team has worked so hard to achieve this and it’s a true team effort – together we got the job done. Amazing.”
Leading the race from stage two through to the end of stage six, the Dakar began perfectly for Sam. Riding flawlessly throughout the two-week event, he delivered the goods on multiple occasions when the pressure was well and truly on. Competitive from the very beginning, GASGAS Factory Racing’s Sam Sunderland is 2022 Dakar Rally champion!
Sam’s second Dakar victory is not just an incredible personal achievement, it also marks the return of the title to the KTM AG Company. With 19 wins in the last 22 years, Sam’s victory re-affirms the group’s commitment and ongoing success at the world’s toughest rally raid.
While it’s all about Sam right now and his amazing achievement, it wouldn’t be right to sign off from Dakar 2022 without giving Daniel Sanders the credit he deserves. Our second GASGAS Factory Racing star taking on this year’s event, Chucky claimed two amazing stage wins, and on the final day of racing in week one, led Sam home for a GASGAS one-two. A crash on stage seven resulted in a fractured elbow and wrist, but the good news is that’s he’s had surgery and is now well on the way to making a full recovery. He’ll be back at the Dakar in 2023 for another run at the title.
Congrats guys, enjoy the party!
Norbert Stadlbauer – Rally Team Manager: “Amazing, simply amazing! This Dakar was a really challenging race, right until the very end, so to win, it’s an incredible achievement. Throughout the whole event Sam was smart, strong, and his speed was exceptional. I’m really happy for him and the whole of GASGAS Factory Racing. The entire team has worked so hard to be successful and it’s a really special moment. There’s no feeling like it. I’d like to thank all of the team’s sponsors and partners, everyone in Austria, and now, after a two tough weeks, it’s time to celebrate!”
Results (provisional): Dakar Rally 2022, stage 12
1. Pablo Quintanilla (Honda) 1:40:00
2. Toby Price (KTM) 1:40:18
3. Jose Ignacio Cornejo (Honda) 1:40:29
8. Sam Sunderland (GASGAS) 1:43:25
Indian came out of the gate early last year with an all-new Chief platform and a revised FTR lineup for the 2022 model year. The full 2022 Indian Motorcycle lineup features an updated Ride Command system and fine-tuned traction control on select models, as well as new colors and accessories.
Ride Command-equipped 2022 models now feature a speed limit overlay, reminding users of the current speed limit on a street-by-street basis. The system also benefits from faster loading times and expanded Bluetooth connectivity this year. The new features are included on 2022 models and available as a software update on 2020-2021 Indians.
2022 Indian Challenger
In addition to the robust Ride Command system, Indian also retuned the PowerPlus 111-powered Challenger’s traction control for smoother engagement. The platform has been refreshed with new colors as well.
The standard Challenger comes in Black Metallic and Titanium Smoke with an MSRP of $23,999. Starting at $27,999, the Challenger Limited is offered in Black Metallic, Maroon Metallic, Spirit Blue/Black Metallic paint options. The Challenger Dark Horse, on the other hand, retails for $28,499 in Black Smoke, Bronze Smoke, and Indy Red/Black Metallic colorways.
2022 Indian Springfield, Chieftain, and Roadmaster
Indian’s Thunder Stroke models also receive fresh liveries for the 2022 model year. Starting at $21,999, Springfield buyers can choose between Maroon Metallic/Crimson Metallic and Black Metallic/Dirt Track Tan color schemes. Additionally, the Black Smoke and Quartz Gray paint options complement the Springfield Dark Horse’s black finish and starts at $22,499.
The Chieftain goes back to basics with Black Metallic paint job and a $21,999 MSRP. However, at $27,999, the Chieftain Dark Horse amps up the options with Black Smoke, Ruby Smoke, and Quartz Gray paint jobs. The top-of-the-line Chieftain Limited commands $28,749 but sweetens the deal with premium Silver Quartz Metallic and Deepwater Metallic colorways.
The Roadmaster returns in Black Metallic or Maroon Metallic/Crimson Metallic paint and costs $29,999. At $30,499, the Roadmaster Dark Horse boasts Black Smoke, Polished Bronze, and Silver Quartz Smoke liveries while the Roadmaster Limited comes with a $30,749 price tag and Black Azure Crystal and Crimson Metallic colorways.
2022 Indian Scouts
Indian doesn’t forget the Scout family either, bringing back the Scout (MSRP $$11,999), Scout Sixty (MSRP $9,999), Scout Bobber (MSRP $10,999), Scout Bobber Sixty (MSRP $8,999), and Scout Bobber Twenty (MSRP $11,999). The base-model Scout now features Black Metallic, White Smoke, Maroon Metallic, and Silver Quartz Metallic/Black Metallic paint while the Scout Sixty keeps it simple with Black Metallic and Storm Blue color schemes.
The Scout Bobber line take the paint options to the Nth degree with 2022 Scout Bobber Sixty offering Black Metallic, Black Smoke, Quartz Gray, and Ruby Smoke. The Scout Bobber now comes in Black Metallic, Alumina Jade Smoke, Maroon Metallic Smoke, Stealth Gray, Silver Quartz Smoke, and Titanium Metallic, while the Scout Bobber Twenty is available in Black Metallic, White Smoke, Maroon Metallic, and Silver Quartz Metallic/Black Metallic.
Along with the model updates, Indian expands its accessories catalog with Spirit Lake Luggage Collection, LED lighting add-ons, and hard fairing lowers for the Indian Challenger platform. The Scouts also benefit from the extensive collection with new piggyback rear shocks and a 5.75-inch Pathfinder Adaptive LED headlight.
Raising eyebrows with a consistent display of speed and skill on his rally debut with Tech3 KTM 450 Rally, the two-time MotoGP™ race winner added a stage win at Dakar to his lengthy list of achievements. The 31-year old becomes the first MotoGP™ rider to ever take a stage a win in the rally, doing so on Day 5 of this year’s event.
“Maybe it was the most difficult time of my career. This is now the 4th winter that I’ve had an injury. First, the right shoulder, then the left shoulder, then the arm and, just when it looked like everything was getting better and better, another injury arrived after I’d won in Austin and Misano and I was feeling good, but in life you never know. It’s true that it’s been hard. I don’t want to wish this on any rider or any person, to have these kinds of feelings.
The intermediate class are well represented too, as reigning Moto3™ World Champion Pedro Acosta (Red Bull KTM Ajo) and former Champion Albert Arenas (Aspar Team Moto2) continue on from joining Martin in Almeria, while Aron Canet (Flexbox HP40) and Fermin Aldeguer (Speed Up) join their Moto2™ colleagues.
Watching a Grand Prix while helping to save lives in Africa. This is Andrea Coleman’s mission through Two Wheels for Life
Some events change lives forever, passions that mark our existences and insights that have the power to change for the better the lives of people we don’t know but for whom we are willing to commit so that they have a better existence.
For Andrea Coleman, the motorcycle is a life companion: both as a means of competition and as a work tool, but above all as a ‘medium’ to savour freedom in its purest essence.
At the same time, Andrea has always been concerned about making medical care within reach for those who live in poorer countries, where access to healthcare is a real luxury, reserved for the few.
In this story, the motorbike is a constant that marks the end but also the rebirth. Andrea has found in her irrepressible desire to transmit courage, hope and love of life the fuel that has seen the birth of Two Wheels For Life, a non-profit organization where Randy Mamola joins her in being committed to the front line, and which has allowed hundreds of health workers to reach the most remote areas of Africa, using the agility of two wheels to assist thousands of people every year, since 1991.
“I have always loved motorcycles. Ever since I was a little girl. They represented something connected to freedom for me,” says Andrea. “I liked the speed, I rode knowing that I was doing something that I had chosen to do. Then, when I was 19, I went on a trip to Mexico and saw people living in very harsh conditions, in poverty. That sparked a desire in me to help others”.
It was with an unconditional love for sports and a desire to do her part to make the world a better place when Andrea entered adulthood. “I didn’t want to go to college, I was just thinking about racing. For a few years, I worked to save up the money to compete and travel. Later I worked for Chelsea Football Club then I married Tom Herron, a professional motorcycle racer. Travelling with him around Europe I learned how to manage a team and how to get sponsorships. In 1979 Tom lost his life riding a works Suzuki at the North West 200 race in Northern Ireland. At that time there were many risks and dangers. Dorna Sports, together with FIM and IRTA have transformed Grand Prix Racing by putting safety at the centre of this sport”.
Following the death of her husband and with two year-old twin girls to raise, Andrea moved away from the world of racing. Until one day Randy Mamola, who knew Andrea’s story, contacted her: “He needed someone to take care of his public relations. I was scared to go back to the race paddock but when Randy proposed that I work with him, I thought that together we could do something good, showing that motorcycles can be a way to save the lives of many people“.
It was working alongside Randy Mamola that Andrea found a way to “connect the dots” by making competitions a resource for supporting initiatives: “I came up with the idea of creating fundraising, asking riders for items such as their boots, gloves and so on and then holding fun auctions for fans. The proceeds allowed me to raise the funds we needed to create an organisation, using motorcycles, that would help people in need”.
So, in the 80’s, Andrea together with her new life partner Barry Coleman and her good friends Randy Mamola and Kenny Roberts Snr they gave life to the Day of Champions a day organized during the Grand Prix of Great Britain where they raised funds for non-profit organizations. Then they made their first trip with Save The Children to get to know some of the people receiving their aid and to find out what their needs were. On that occasion, they realized that there was a lack of help focused on transportation: “Motorcycles, ambulances and other vehicles were sent, but they often broke down and this became a waste of resources that endangered the lives of many men, women and children. At that point, we made sure that the motorcycles became a useful means of saving the lives of so many people who lived in rural areas”.
From that moment on, they founded a new charity Riders For Health to train health workers how to ride and maintain motorcycles to ensure care and medical visits for as many people as possible in every corner of the continent of Africa.
“In 1996 Barry went to Gambia where he met a young man named Ali Ceesay, who was maintaining a few motorcycles with no replacement parts and very few tools. Barry helped him develop his skills and he became the first Riders for Health staff member in Africa. We relied on Ali and then gradually we found more and more local, talented people to manage these programs. A few years later, the oil company Castrol asked us to manage 16 of their motorcycles in Lesotho and from there, our initiative began a real expansion. That programme is now led by an amazing woman called Mahali Hlasa“.
In the early 2000s, after the arrival of Dorna Sports as the promoter of the MotoGP™ World Championship, Andrea asked for and obtained a meeting with the CEO Carmelo Ezpeleta to explain the mission of Riders For Health to him: “What we were doing was received with great enthusiasm and we became the non-profit organization of reference for the Championship. With Carmelo’s full support we changed our name to Two Wheels For Life. Being supported by MotoGP™ and the fans of the sport gives us great visibility and support. Every time we add one more motorcycle to our fleet we create access to healthcare for more than 5000 people. At the same time, the fans who support us can live unique experiences during the Grand Prix, where, despite being immersed in a context focused on competition, they have the chance to live a moment of maximum humanity”.
Over the years, representatives from Dorna Sports have visited Gambia and Lesotho, two places where Two Wheels for Life operates, getting to know riders with an unstoppable spirit. In Africa, the finish line is never the same, but at every pit stop these riders-operators bring hope, along with their care.
The motorcycle, an instrument of freedom and rebirth
Fear of disease, contagion, marginalization, and death have broken into everyone’s daily lives with the spread of the Covid-19 pandemic. But thousands of people in Africa have been living with these fears for much longer. Some diseases weigh like stigmata on African communities and, in the case of contracting these infections, the price to pay is removal from the community and, most of the times, women suffer the heaviest consequences.
A person’s existence can be saved in many ways. Andrea and Two Wheels For Life have identified motorcycles and training as two useful tools to offer a new beginning to those who would otherwise be condemned to segregation: “Motorcycles offer people independence and visibility – says Andrea – Years ago we taught a group of women in Kenya with HIV how to ride and maintain their bikes so that they could reach several villages, demonstrating that despite being positive for a similar disease it is possible to contribute to the welfare of others by explaining to them the importance of nutrition, prevention and transmitting confidence to other women. In addition, having become excellent motorcycle riders are helping to diminish the many prejudices that there are against those who have HIV”.
In the communities of rural Africa, women are important because they take care of their families but are rarely valued for their talents. In this case as well, Andrea tells of those who have seen their lives change for the better: “One of the women we trained told us that she gained more respect and consideration from her husband and her entire community after learning to ride and manage her motorcycle, thus becoming a reference point and valuable resource for her village”.
On a continent where roads and infrastructure are often a utopia, as is the ability to obtain treatment and medicine, Two Wheels For Life is committed to ensuring that those living in the most isolated areas of the continent can find comfort by hearing the distant roar of a motorcycle approaching their village: “Over the past 30 years there have been many stories of people who, thanks to the intervention of our ‘Riders’ are still alive – says Andrea, mentioning one episode in particular – One day the director of the program in Gambia called us to express the thanks of a man who lived in a remote part of the country. Without medical care reaching his community, his wife would have died in childbirth while trying to give birth to twins. If, of all people, that mother and those two babies are safe, it’s thanks to the entire MotoGP™ motorcycle community and that’s something to be very proud of”.
In the birth and growth of Two Wheels For Life, the contribution of co-founder Randy Mamola has been immense, as Andrea points out: “His ability to communicate and relate to people of all ages is incredible. His commitment has been unparalleled in managing and building relationships with Dorna and everyone in the paddock.”
Get the first gear to go far away
To ride a motorcycle, you need balance and concentration, Andrea knows it well, but these two characteristics are powerful even once you take off your helmet: “Sometimes life puts you in front of challenging situations that are so complicated that they take your sleep away. But the fact of being alive is precious – she points out – Art, like sport, music or books can be of great inspiration representing the stimulus we need to say: go ahead“.
Listening to Andrea I think that perhaps this is the key to her story: she kept going on maintaining balance and concentration, finding in difficulties the roots to give life a new beginning.
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It’s still heated glove season in much of North America and the iXS Tour LT Glove Heat-ST is ready to keep those phalanges warm and dextrous.
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Sophisticated technology for a warm handshake
Brave the cold!
Cold hands when riding a motorbike are not only unpleasant, but also take the fun out of riding and stiffen up your fingers. In extreme cases this can also affect traffic safety because the brakes and clutches are simply easier and safer to use with warm fingers.
The Tour LT Glove Heat-ST from iXS that is operated by a battery (included in the scope of delivery) offers unsurpassed comfort when worn on cold days. The heating performance was optimised in such a way that simultaneous warming-up of knuckles and the back of the fingers up to the fingertips is ensured, without any thermal bridges or hot spots. The heating elements made of high quality metal fibres are supplied by the light, rechargeable, powerful lithium-ion batteries. As the slim battery and the controller are attached directly on the glove, there is no need for a connection to the motorbike with annoying cables. The result is a heated glove that has been perfected in all aspects with excellent comfort and high operating safety.
The modern 7 Volt heating technology combined with an intelligent material structure ensures that the heat that is generated goes in the direction of the body and does not escape outside the glove. The heat level of the glove can be adjusted to four different temperatures. It is regulated via a button, which can also be operated easily with the glove. The relevant heating level can be read from a multi-coloured LED display. Depending on the temperature range selected, the heat output can be downloaded over a period from 2.2 to 8 hours. Additional Thinsulate insulation (back of the hand: 300 g / inner hand 100 g) provides extra heat when the temperatures are likely to fall even further. The 100% waterproof and breathable solto-TEX® membrane and a hand surface reinforced with goatskin ensures optimal grip control, even during very poor weather.
Thanks to the selection of high-quality materials combined with clean processing, the latest safety requirements are easily satisfied (test standard EN13594:2015). Knuckle padding made of Poron XRD® foam with a leather cover protects the knuckles and the inner hand consists of leather with leather reinforcements. The reflective piping on the fingers and cuffs ensure that you are easily visible on the roads. Extra soft inner lining and a visor wiper on the left index finger provide a high level of comfort and a safe riding experience even in bad weather. And thanks to touchscreen-compatible material at the tip of the index finger, sat-navs or mobile phones can be operated without taking off your gloves.
With this progress, the Repsol Honda Team rider received authorization to ride a motorcycle and motocross, the most demanding discipline possible in the world of two wheels, was chosen by Marquez and his team. After a three-month absence, the Spanish rider returned to riding at the Ponts Circuit (Lleida). After several runs, his sensations and feelings on the bike were more than optimistic.