Sanz Satisfied With Dakar Performance Despite Missing Top Ten

1 Mins read
Credit: Florent Gooden / DPPI

Laia Sanz crashed twice in the closing stages of the 2018 Dakar Rally, but the Spaniard was able to finish twelfth overall, just two hours, fifty-six minutes and two seconds down on her race-winning Red Bull KTM team-mate Matthias Walkner.

Without the two crashes, Sanz felt that she could have been a top-ten contender, and she ultimately ended up less than fifteen minutes off Jose Ignacio Cornejo Florimo in that tenth position, but despite missing out, she was very happy to have reached the end of the rally, particularly after such organisers provided such a challenging event for all competitors.

Sanz is now looking for some much needed rest after such a demanding event, and she thanked her whole team for their assistance.

“I am so happy to get to the finish, I am really pleased with my position too – it has been a very tough rally,” said Sanz. “I had two big crashes, which luckily didn’t cause too much damage to me or the bike.

“I am exhausted now but feel good because I am here, safely at the finish. I want to thank all the team for their help and now it’s finally time to relax.”

13769 posts

About author
Long time motorsport fanatic, covering Formula 1 and the occassional other series. Feel free to give him a follow on Twitter at @Paul11MSport.
Related posts
DakarWorld Rally-Raid Championship

2025 KTM 450 Rally Replica revealed

1 Mins read
The newest KTM 450 Rally Replica will feature its most extensive upgrade since 2020, including a new powerplant and upgraded chassis and body.

Shinya Fujiwara planning Dakar Rally debut in 2026

1 Mins read
Shinya Fujiwara, the 2014 All-Japan Trial International A Champion and Red Bull Erzbergrodeo competitor, hopes to run the Dakar Rally in 2026. His roadmap to the rally includes the Rallye du Maroc and 2025 Africa Eco Race.

2024 Dakar Rally: Cristina Gutierrez, Mitch Guthrie's engines cleared by FIA

1 Mins read
3 months after a protest was lodged against Cristina Gutiérrez and Mitch Guthrie following their 1–2 finish at the Dakar Rally, the FIA has confirmed their Taurus T3 Max’s engines comply with regulation.