ISDE Day 2 – France extends lead – USA leads Juniors
Competing over the exact same course as used on day one, France topped the FIM World Trophy team class as they did on the opening day of competition, extending their advantage over Australia to four minutes and nineteen seconds.
In the FIM Junior World Trophy category team USA have moved to the head of the results as Sweden – leaders at the end of day one – lost one of their team riders with a technical issue.
In the FIM Women’s World Trophy class Australia have taken a commanding lead over the USA with day one winners Spain dropping to ninth.
In the FIM World Trophy team competition France topped the day ahead of Italy, with Jeremy Tarroux – Sherco, Loic Larrieu – Yamaha, Christophe Nambotin – KTM and Christophe Charlier – Husqvarna finishing close to two minutes ahead.
Australia pushed Italy hard to finish just nine seconds behind in third with Finland fourth. After two days of racing France now sit four minutes and nineteen seconds ahead of Australia with Finland third.
Christophe Nambotin – France World Trophy
“I think that today will be the hardest of the race because of the heat and the tests being very rough. For the French team it was another a good day, and for me it was also a good day. All of the team rode well and so far we have not had any problems, which is so important. With new special tests tomorrow I think it will be good for the French riders. Maybe we will have some rain, so things might get interesting.”
Sweden’s Mikael Persson – Yamaha ran into technical issues and failed to finish the day, allowing the USA to take the top spot in the FIM Junior World Trophy class. Placing twenty-three seconds ahead of France the American trio also moved to the top of the overall Junior World Trophy results.
With Sweden dropping to tenth, France hold the runner-up result, just under three seconds behind. Italy, helped by another strong performance from Davide Soreca – Honda currently sit third overall and just fifteen seconds behind France.
Albin Elowson – Sweden
“It’s really disappointing that Mikael ran into troubles today because the whole team was really motivated to defend our Junior trophy title, I’ve had two very good days, but as a team it’s over for us this year. I’m just going to do the best I can and see what individual result I can get.”
Unfortunately, due to navigation issues, Australia was ruled out of the Junior World Trophy Class for the remainder of the ISDE. Lyndon Snodgrass battled on as a lone solider, now only racing for class and outright honours after losing his team mates in Day One.
Snodgrass really enjoyed the different types of trails, despite results in the tests being up and down. Overall, it was a great effort and he is still right in the mix for class honours and sitting in 12th position in class, just outside the top 50 outright
Spain’s time at the top of the FIM Women’s World Trophy class was short lived as two of their team riders failed to reach the finish of day two.
Australia topped the day finishing one-minute and eight seconds ahead of the USA with France three minutes and fifty-nine seconds behind in third. In the overall Women’s results Australia are now three-and-a-half minutes ahead of the USA with France third.
“We’ve just finished Day Two, I’ve taken a few painkillers and some bandages to get through the day. I went into the first Test just to see how I went. I took it step by step and accessed the situation at every control. The trails were quite rough and technical but I kept telling myself that I’ve made it this far so I have to keep going. Unfortunately the Spanish girls are out of the running for the win, I was looking forward to battling them for the remainder of the event.”
For the Senior World Trophy Team, Australia have moved into second spot and have overtaken Finland. Australia were third for the day, behind France and Italy.
“Very happy to move into second as a team, and a couple of the boys have done really well in outright positions. It’s a great step forward, although I’m a little disappointed in my own results. We did have a change of bike at the last minute and it hasn’t gelled yet, the race is still very much open though. Hopefully we can make some adjustments and make our way up through the standings.”
The three fastest riders on day two of the ISDE were 250-f mounted riders Ryan Sipes – Husqvarna, Josep Garcia – KTM and Davide Guarneri – Honda.
Separated by a little more than three seconds, Daniel Milner – KTM finished as the fastest Enduro 2 class rider in fourth overall. Christophe Nambotin- KTM was the fastest Enduro 3 class competitor in fifth overall, just nine seconds behind Sipes.
After two days of competition Italy’s Davide Guarneri – Honda leads the Enduro 1 class, close to sixteen seconds ahead of Ryan Sipes – Husqvarna with Josep Garcia – KTM third.
Australia’s Daniel Milner – KTM has moved to the top of the Enduro 2 class standings, moving ahead of day one E2 class winner Christophe Charlier – Husqvarna by almost thirteen seconds.
“Team Australia is going very well and we have moved into second place. Had a good day finishing in fourth outright and first in class today, yesterday was a little rough, pushing too hard but slowly working it out. Finishing fastest in the first test was the highlight of the day.”
Third in Enduro 2 is Loic Larrieu – Yamaha. Just seven seconds separate Christophe Nambotin – KTM and Taylor Robert – KTM at the top of the Enduro 3 class results with Spain’s Jaume Betriu – KTM third.
Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders upped his pace and sits fourth in the E3 class and just out of the top 10 in outright. Matthew Phillips is 5th in E3. Josh Green is sitting 8th in class
Day three of the ninety-second ISDE features a new course, to be used for just one day.
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