2019 ISDE Day Four

The twists and turns of the ninety-fourth FIM ISDE continued on what proved to be a wet, windy and at times blustery fourth day of competition in Portimao. The beaten trails of the technically demanding two hundred and 260 km Monchique Route pushed the 500+ participants from 26 nations to their limits.

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Taylor Robert – Image by Dario Agrati

Moving another step closer to securing their second FIM World Trophy victory, the United States edged out their closest rivals and defending champions RecoveR8 Team Australia for victory on day four. Despite the best efforts of Australian Daniel Sanders – Husqvarna who secured his fourth consecutive outright win, collectively the United States proved too strong. Taylor Robert – KTM, Steward Baylor – KTM and Kailub Russell – KTM all finished inside the top seven, extending their lead to one minute and twenty-seven seconds.

Daniel Sanders

” I had one crash in test three and other than that I had no problems, it was another great day for me extending my outright lead. The World Trophy is still within our grasp and we ned a flawless final two days to make it happen!”

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Daniel Sanders secured his fourth consecutive outright win – Image by Dario Agrati

Behind the top two, Italy maintain their position of third overall with the third fastest time on the day. Extending their advantage over Spain in fourth, they now hold a sizeable seven-minute lead over the Spaniards. However, while both Italy and Spain are now down to three riders, Finland and France – in fifth and sixth respectively – have all riders intact and are ready to capitalise on any further errors from the teams ahead of them.

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Andrea Verona – Image by Dario Agrati
2019 ISDE Day 4 World Trophy Classification Overall
  1. USA
  2. Australia +1min27.46s
  3. Italy +8min41.13s
  4. Spain +15min16.91s
  5. Finland +16min00.07s
  6. France +20min35.86s
  7. Germany +32min00.60s
  8. Sweden +32min21.82s
  9. Portugal +39min12.61s
  10. Belgium +54min20.31s

2019 ISDE Day 4 Junior World Trophy

RecoveR8 Team Australia put in a definitive charge on day four to cement their position at the head of the FIM Junior World Trophy category. Untouchable today, they claimed a commanding four-minute victory over Italy. That result moves them close to a nine-minute advantage over the United States, who sit in second position, with only two days of competition remaining.

Lyndon Snodgrass

” I had a great day, ending up inside the top ten outright. The other members of the team also rode great and we extended our lead in the Junior Trophy. The tracks were brutal today to say the least so it was good to get through and have a sold result”.

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Lyndon Snodgrass – Image by Dario Agrati

Gaining time on the United States, Italy’s second place on day four closes the gap to two minutes and thirty seconds. Spain drop further behind the leading trio, sitting almost fourteen minutes behind Italy in fourth. Host nation Portugal delivered another consistent showing to move inside the top-five – capitalising on the exit of Great Britain.

2019 ISDE Day 4 Junior World Trophy Classification
  1. Australia
  2. USA +8min52.50s
  3. Italy +11min20.66s
  4. Spain +23min53.55s
  5. Portugal +62min42.13s
  6. Chile +70min48.26s
  7. Belgium +71min07.21s
  8. Canada +99min32.44s
  9. France +134min06.02s
  10. GB +140min23.03s

Women’s

Day four delivered a true shakeup in the FIM Women’s World Trophy class, which saw RecoveR8 Team Australia’s hopes of a coveted seventh consecutive victory come to an end.

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Brandy Richards – Image by Dario Agrati

Following yesterday’s exit of Makenzie Tricker – KTM, today team leader Tayla Jones – Husqvarna crashed hard and was forced to withdraw. The outcome sees the United States move clear of closest challengers Great Britain by a sizeable thirteen minutes and eight seconds.

Great Britain – in what is their debut FIM ISDE – are on course to claim a memorable result. Sitting second overall, they head Germany in third by just over three minutes.

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Maria Franke – Image by Dario Agrati

Second fastest on day four, Germany will be motivated to bridge that gap to Great Britain and have two more days of racing to do so. Three minutes behind Germany in fourth, Spain are not out of the running for a podium result either, while Sweden complete the top-five.

2019 ISDE Day 4 Women’s World Trophy Classification
  1. USA
  2. Germany +5min14s
  3. GB +13min08.94s
  4. Spain +19min09.51s
  5. Sweden +29min04.12s
  6. Portugal +46min10.80s
  7. Canada +51min00-.23s
  8. Australia +115min42.11s

Enduro 1

Spain’s Josep Garcia – KTM produced another dominant display of riding in Enduro 1 to claim his fourth win of the week. Sweeping all seven special tests, he also ended his day as outright second fastest rider to Sanders. He tops the category by over five minutes from the United States’ Ryan Sipes – KTM, with Italy’s Andrea Verona – TM in third and leading Junior.

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Josep Garcia – Image by Dario Agrati
2019 ISDE Day 4 Enduro 1 Individual Classification Overall
  1. Josep Garcia KTM Spain
  2. Ryan Sipes KTM USA
  3. Andrea Verona TM Italy
  4. Lyndon Snodgrass KTM Australia
  5. Luke Styke Yamaha Australia
  6. Eero Remes Yamaha Finland
  7. Thomas Oldrati Honda Italy
  8. Roni Kytonen Husqvarna Finland
  9. Antoine Basset Husqvarna France
  10. Sergio Navarro Husqvarna Spain

Enduro 2

Taylor Robert was again quickest in Enduro 2. Robert continues to prove himself as the rider to beat and now moves further clear of fellow countryman Kailub Russell in second.

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Taylor Robert – Image by Dario Agrati

Italy’s Davide Guarneri – Honda completes the top three, with Australian’s Fraser Higlett – Husqvarna and Josh Green – Yamaha fourth and fifth overall respectively.

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Davide Guarneri – Image by Dario Agrati
2019 ISDE Day 4 Enduro 2 Individual Classification Overall
  1. Taylor Robert KTM USA
  2. Kailub Russell KTM USA
  3. Davide Guarnoni Honda Italy
  4. Fraser Higlett Husqvarna Australia
  5. Joshua Green Yamaha Australia
  6. Grant Baylor KTM USA
  7. Antoine Magain KTM Belgium
  8. Michael Driscoll Yamaha Australia
  9. Ben Kelley KTM USA
  10. Erik Willems Husqvarna Belgium

Enduro 3

As now expected, Daniel Sanders showed his rivals the way to go for the fourth day running. Untouchable, taking seven test wins from seven, he puts himself six minutes and twenty-five seconds clear of Great Britain’s Danny McCanney – TM.

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Daniel Sanders secured his fourth consecutive outright win – Image by Dario Agrati

Delivering his best result of the week, Steward Baylor moves up to third overall — passing Italy’s Rudi Moroni – KTM — thanks to the third fastest time on the day.

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Steward Baylor – Image by Dario Agrati
2019 ISDE Day 4 Enduro 3 Individual Classification Overall
  1. Daniel Sanders Husqvarna Australia
  2. Daniel McCanney TM GBR
  3. Steward Baylor KTM USA
  4. Rudy Moroni KTM Italy
  5. Angus Heidecke KTM DEU
  6. Anthony Geslin Beta France
  7. David Abgrall Beta France
  8. Matteo Pavoni Beta Italy
  9. Oskar Ljungstrom Husqvarna Sweden
  10. Jed Etchells Sherco GBR

Women’s

The Enduro Women’s class witnessed some of the day’s biggest developments with the exit of Tayla Jones and Germany’s Maria Franke – KTM taking over the race lead from United States’ Brandy Richards – KTM. Franke was on flying form, topping five of the day’s seven tests to win over Jane Daniels, while overall leader Brandy Richards – KTM had a difficult day in third.

Franke now leads the classification by one minute and twenty-six seconds from Richards, with Daniels close behind in third. Jessica Gardiner – Yamaha is the sole remaining Australian in fourth with Spain’s Mireia Badia – Husqvarna fifth.

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Rebecca Sheets – Image by Dario Agrati
2019 ISDE Day 4 Women’s Individual Classification Overall
  1. Maria Franke KTM DEU
  2. Brandy Richards KTM USA
  3. Jane Daniels Husqvarna GBR
  4. Jessica Gardiner Yamaha Australia
  5. Mireia Badia Husqvarna Spain
  6. Rebecca Sheets KTM USA
  7. Shelby Turner KTM Canada
  8. Tarah Gieger Honda USA
  9. Sandra Gomez Husqvarna Spain
  10. Rosie Rowett Husqvarna GBR

FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy

Day four of the FIM ISDE also saw the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy competition get underway in earnest. Led by Mario Rinaldi – KTM, Italy swept the top four positions. Rinaldi beat Maurizio Casartelli – Puch by thirteen seconds, with Giovanni Sala – KTM just six tenths behind in third. Stefano Passeri placed fourth and France’s Philippe Barthomeuf completed the top-five.

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FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy – Image by Dario Agrati

What’s next..

Day five, the penultimate day of the FIM ISDE, sees competitors tackle a new course. Crossing the Barocal, which takes place to the south west of the Algarve region and will be characterised by gravel and rocks and will feature two hundred and eighty-five kilometres of riding.