Team Gas Gas Factory Racing
2022 : 1st (one stage win)
2021: 3rd (one stage win)
2020: Ab. Stage 5
2019: 3rd (two stage wins)
2018: Ab. Stage 4 (two stage wins)
2017: 1st (one stage win)
2015: Ab. Stage 4 (one stage win)
2014: Ab. Stage 4 (one stage win)
2012: Ab. Stage 3
2011 : Ab.
2012 : 10th
2019: Silk Way Rally (1st), Atamaca Rally (2nd)
2018: Atacama Rally (Ab.)
2017: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (1st), Atacama Rally (4th), Desafio Ruta 40 (10th)
2016: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (1st)
2014: Qatar Cross-Country Rally (Ab.), Rally Dos Sertoes (6th)
2013: Merzouga Rally (1st)
2012: Sardinia Rally (13th)
2011: Australasian Safari (Ab., three stage wins)
After six Dakars with the KTM factory team, including a win in 2017, in 2022 Sunderland moved to sister brand GasGas to race alongside the young Australian star Daniel Sanders. A fantastic image boost for the Austrian group’s latest acquisition, which topped the overall rankings for no less than ten of the twelve stages on the 44th edition! Twice with Sanders, eight times thanks to the Brit! Consistency that Sam hasn’t always displayed since deciding to switch from moto-x to rally-raid at the age of 19, following a visit to his aunt and uncle living out in Dubai. Once installed in the United Arab Emirates full time to pursue his new passion he grabbed everyone’s attention at the 2011 Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge by winning two stages as an amateur. He made his Dakar debut in 2012 and signed with Honda before switching to KTM in 2014. In addition to his 2017 Dakar win, Sunderland won the FIM world championship in 2019. A look at ‘Sundersam’s’ statistics makes for interesting reading. When he doesn't DNF, which he has done five times in nine Dakars for example, he is always on the podium. In the dunes, he is recognised as one of the best, no doubt in part thanks to the formative years in the Emirates.
He proved it again during the second round of the W2RC by winning the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge for the third time in his career. Combine that with his Dakar triumph and Sunderland now has a 17-point lead in the championship over his closest rival Pablo Quintanilla. With the cancellation of the third round of the 2022 season, the GasGas factory pilot is in a comfortable position going into the Andalucía Rally. But the tracks of southern Spain aren’t the Brit's favourite hunting ground. Sam didn't take part in the previous edition and he was forced to retire after a crash on the first one in 2020. Tracks where Pablo Quintanilla has shown himself to be at ease, getting on the podium first time out on his Honda.