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Dakar Rally leader Sam Sunderland suffered a horrific crash and was airlifted to a hospital with a back injury.

According to The Sun, the 28-year-old lost feeling in his legs and had to quit racing. His team manager, Alex Doringer, told MCN that Sunderland continued racing for a while after the back pain started.

“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,” Doringer said.

“He said that the feeling in his legs has returned.”

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Sunderland became the first British driver to win any event at the South American Dakar Rally when he won the 2017 motorbike title.

He is flying to Lima, Peru for further tests and treatment for his injury. His 2018 campaign will come to and end, but hopefully he’ll make a full and speedy recovery.

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