Ergebnisse Dakar 2017 nach 4 Etappen von 12 

San Salvador de Jujuy – Tupiza: 416 km timed, 521 km total
1. Matthias Walkner (AUT), KTM, 4:57:22 h
2. Joan Barreda BORT (POR), Honda, +2:02 min
3. Xavier De Soultrait (FRA), Yamaha, +5:58
4. Michael Metge (FRA), Honda, +8:18 (5 min penalty)
5. Stefan Svitko, (SVK), KTM, + 8:33
Other KTM
7. Gerard Farres Guell (ESP), KTM, +10:24
12. Sam Sunderland (GBR), KTM, +16:18
38. Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, +1:00:33 h
DNF Toby Price (AUS), KTM

Standings Dakar 2017 after 4 of 12 stages
1. Barreda, 12:35:43 h (1 min penalty)
2. Pablo Quintanilla (CHL), Husqvarna, +18:19 min  
3. Walkner, +20:26 (5 min penalty)
4. Svitko, +24:11
5. Sunderland, +24:31

Other KTM
6. Farres Guell, +30:21
24. Sanz, +1:44:46 h

Die Fahrer zu der 4. Etappe:

Matthias Walkner: “Actually at the beginning of the stage I didn’t feel so good and I got a bit lost, like everybody, I think, because it was tricky navigation. After I had a good speed but I didn’t think it would be enough to win.” Speaking of his teammate’s accident, Walkner commented: “I got to him about five minutes after the crash and Adrien Van Beveren and Paulo Goncalves had already stopped. I saw he was awake and they told me he was more or less okay, so I kept on going. Where he crashed it was in a riverbed, where the ground changed very quickly. First it was sandy and you could go flat out at 140 km/h, but then you came to some big stones and it’s very hard to find the right speed. If you hit a stone with the motorbike then its difficult.” Looking ahead to Friday’s fifth stage, the Austrian rider said in some ways it would be good to start first but it would also be a difficult job to open the piste.

Sunderland was disappointed to have lost time at the beginning of the stage: “It is really frustrating because I’m trying to spend a lot of time on the notes, but it’s very unclear. I can only speak for myself but I heard other riders are also having problems. Even some of the car teams who have a guy just for the navigation are having difficulties. I guess the organizers want to make it like this. It’s frustrating because I felt good and strong the rest of the day but its pretty rough to lose 10-15 minutes at the start of the day and for sure its going to get worse.” Speaking of his injured teammate, Sunderland said: “I also want to shout out to my buddy Toby Price and hope he can get better soon. It is a big blow for KTM but we are a good team and a strong one and we’ll keep fighting until the last day.”

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