2016 FIM Cross-Country Rallies World Champion
Born on 10 December 1986, in Valparaiso, Chile
QUINTANILLA TAKES DESERT GLORY
Chile's Pablo Quintanilla (Husqvarna) became the 2016 FIM Cross Country Rallies World Champion after a battle with Great Britain’s Sam Sunderland (KTM) that went all the way to the final round in Morocco. After victory in the opening round, the Abu Dhabi Desert Challenge, Toby Price (KTM) saw his title challenge derailed by a back injury, which ruled him out of the Sealine Rally in Qatar.
In the Australian's absence his team-mate Sunderland took victory, stepping up as a championship contender to Quintanilla. The Chilean set his stall out on home territory, taking victory in the penultimate round of the season and leaving Sunderland down in fifth place after a tough week on the winding tracks of the Atacama Desert.
Tensions were running high at the final round, the Rallye OiLlibya in Morocco, where Quintanilla's eleven-point lead looked shaky as he made several attempts to adjust his suspension. Meanwhile, Sunderland took control of the rally but crucially set off on the wrong trail coming out of an oued (partially dry river bed) and lost eight minutes before finding his way, conceding the win to the fit-again Price and the title to a jubilant Quintanilla in third.
World title - 2016