The sad news was hearing of Sam Sunderland taken out of the Dakar by a compressed spine.
He landed heavily in a big hole while searching for the second control waypoints on the stage, the impact compressing his spine. The Englishman continued on but the pain, plus a loss of sensation in his legs, saw him stop and request medical assistance.
“He felt a sharp pain in his back immediately, but carried on for another 5km before stopping again due to the pain and a lack of feeling in his legs,” KTM team manager Alex Doringer told Motorcycle News. “He said that the feeling in his legs has returned, but he will now be transferred to Lima for more tests.”