From KTM Newsletter
The FIM ISDE 2015 Slovakia, the International Six Days Enduro, wrapped up its 90th edition on Saturday in Kosice with a win in the coveted World Trophy for the French team. France has now won the ISDE now four consecutive times. Australia and Spain took the minor World Trophy podium places.
Australia had led all three major categories going into the final stage of the competition following disqualification of eight key riders on Day Three. However the FIM’s International Disciplinary Court ‘provisionally’ reinstated them on Friday, and this changed the face of the final results. Three French riders that were affected by the disqualification were back on the time sheets and France won out over Australia by just a shade over one minute. Third placed Spain trailed the leader by 10:26.76 minutes.
France, who initially saw three of their riders disqualified after Day Three, also had to do without three of their top Enduro riders. KTM factory riderChristophe Nambotin, second in the E1 World Championship points with just one round to go is recovering from surgery. KTM factory teammate Antoine Meo, current leader in the E2 class World Championship did not compete having just contested the Atacama Rally as a member of the KTM Rally Factory Racing Team. Husqvarna rider Pela Renet was also unable to ride with the national team.
KTM Enduro factory rider Matthew Phillips was part of the Australian World Trophy team but was not really satisfied with his performance in Slovakia, saying: “On a personal level this year’s ISDE just didn’t deliver the results I wanted and to be honest should have been able to give. It’s hard to know where to begin. I didn’t really get off to a good start, and sometimes when that happens it can be challenging to turn things around. But I kept fighting to improve right until the chequered flag of the motocross race. All I can do is put it down to experience and move on to the final round of the Enduro World Championship in France where hopefully I can make amends and end my season on a high.”
Perhaps the unluckiest World Trophy Team this week was the USA and indeed Day Three of the competition was one to forget. They made a great start early in the week when KTM factory rider Kailub Russell took first day honors and was still leading the E1 class on Day Two. Then on the third day he crashed, injured his knee and his ISDE was over. With KTM factory teammate Taylor Robert as one of the riders excluded in the Day Three shut out, the team were then on the back foot in the competition.
Despite the setback, Robert got back into the action and was reasonably satisfied with his week in Slovakia.
Taylor Robert: “Considering I live in the desert, to mix it up here with the best guys in this kind of terrain wasn’t too bad. Obviously I learned a lot this week. After a poor start I completely turned things around on day three. We got a fresh enduro test, which helped. I ended up third overall and kept that momentum going. On day five I was actually feeling pretty good and then my final moto went ok. With the US Trophy team losing a few riders things didn't work out for us like we wanted, but all in all I’m happy with the way I’ve ridden.”
Team USA was also able to celebrate Ryan Sipes’ overall victory, the first time the title has gone to an American.
Australia was clearly disappointed not to take the World Trophy and did not hide this during the podium ceremony. But they do go home with the World Junior Trophy and were dominant winners in the Women’s Trophy.
Australian Junior Trophy Team rider Daniel Sanders (KTM) was also overall winner in the E3 class: “Things have come together this week better than I hoped they would. Last year I was twentieth overall and sixth or seventh in Enduro 3, so to jump to be the Enduro 3 class winner is pretty amazing. I had two big crashes during the week, but my bike’s been amazing. I was lucky to walk away from the first of those crashes. It’s been a tough week, but to walk away with the Enduro 3 class win is amazing.”
Sweden and Italy took the minor places in the World Junior Trophy and France and Sweden placed second and third in the Women’s Trophy.
the International Six Days Enduro is the oldest event of the FIM calendar, dating back to the first edition in Carlisle, England, in 1903. Except for the war years, it has been held every year since. The 2016 ISDE, the 91st edition of the event, is to be held in Navarra, Spain.
World Trophy Final Standings
1. France: 21:08:30.76 h (Marc Bourgeois, Anthony Boissiere, Loic Larrieu, Antoine Basset, Jeremy Joly, Mathias Bellino)
2. Australia, +1:00.38 min (Joshua Green; Daniel Milner; Matthew Phillips; Beau Ralston; Lachlan Stanford; Glen Kearny)
3. Spain, +10:26.76 (Jonathan Barragan, Jaume Betriu, Josep Garcia, Victor Guerrero, Lorenzo Santolino, Cristobal Guerrero)
Junior Trophy Final Standings
1. Australia, 12:56:33.09 h (Broc Grabham; Tom Mason; Daniel Sanders; Tye Simmonds)
2. Sweden, +15:26.84 min (Jesper Borjesson; Michael Persson; John Ramstrom; Tommy Sjostrom)
3. Italy, +26:44.08 (Nicolo Bruschi, Matteo Pavoni, Mirko Spandre, Michele Marchelli)
Women’s Trophy Final Standings
1. Australia, 10:15:02.65 h (Jessica Gardiner; Tayla Jones; Jemma Wilson)
2. France, +55:53.73 min (Blandine Dufrene; Geraldine Fournel; Audrey Rossat)
3. Sweden, +1:15:20.98 h (Jessica Jonsson; Emelie Karlsson, 56:09.58; Emmily Smalsjo)