Australia extends leads as many top runners excluded
At the mid-way point of the 2015 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) held in Kosice, Slovakia – Australia maintain their position at the top of the World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy team competitions. Overall it was another demanding day in the saddle for riders in all classes, as they tackled the course from days one and two in the opposite direction.
Day three ended with a total of eight World Trophy team competitors (Marc Bourgeois – Yamaha – France, Anthony Boissiere – Sherco – France, Jeremy Joly – KTM – France, Taylor Robert – KTM – USA, Lorenzo Santolino – Sherco – Spain, Cristobal Guerrero – Yamaha – Spain, David Knight – KTM – Great Britain and Manuel Monni – TM – Italy) being excluded from the competition for having missed an intermediate course check-point. Following the subsequent protests this situation remains under on going appeal.
David Knight – “That’s my ISDE done, probably my last one I’ll ever do, disqualified along with 7 other trophy team riders for going the wrong way on a check. Very bad marking and to dangerous to go back as fast narrow trail and could have been a head on crash if we did, it was a longer way around and of no benefit to us. FIM are trying to kill the sport in my opinion, common sense never prevails and feel gutted for British, French and USA teams. Thanks to everyone that has helped and made it possible and sorry for mistake!”
The current results, taking this situation into consideration, now see Italy sit second to Australia, some twelve minutes behind the team from down under. Finland move into third ahead of Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden, Slovakia and Portugal.
Having now firmly settled into the rhythm of the race, Australia continue to stamp their authority on the FIM Junior World Trophy team classification. Increasing their lead to over eight minutes, their four-strong team of Broc Grabham – Sherco, Tom Mason – KTM, Daniel Sanders – KTM and Tye Simmonds – KTM enter the second half of the race in a very strong position. Sweden remains second overall at the halfway point in the event with defending champions USA third. France and Great Britain sit fourth and fifth overall respectively heading into day four and a brand new course and tests.
There was no touching Australia’s Tayla Jones – Yamaha in the Women’s class. Dominating proceedings for the third day in succession, Jones enjoyed a two-minute margin of victory on day three. With Australia placing first, second and third overall they extend their advantage to a sizable twenty-seven minutes over France and Sweden in the female category.
In the Enduro 1 class an early exit of USA’s Kailub Russell opened the way for Great Britain’s Jaime McCanney – Husqvarna to secure his first day win of the week while moving up to take control of the overall class standings. Ending his day in third, Australia’s Josh Green – Yamaha jumps up to second with Germany’s Edward Huebner – KTM completing the top three.
Ryan Sipes – Husqvarna and Daniel Milner – Yamaha battled it out for the top spot in the Enduro 2 class, Sipes eventually ending the day as the winner. With a little under nine-seconds separating the US and Australian racers, third went to France’s Loic Larrieu – Sherco. The three riders hold the same respective positions overall.
Australia’s Daniel Sanders – KTM once again proved the rider to beat in the Enduro 3 class. Securing the day win Sanders extends his overall lead in classification. Portugal’s Luis Correia – Beta enjoyed another strong outing to move into second position with Australia’s Lachlan Stanford – Husqvarna slipping back to third.
Day four will see the now tired riders tackle a new course, which will be used for the next two days in succession and ahead of the final day motocross.
ISDE Day Three – Focus on Australia with Kendall Jennings
A controversial third day of competition at the 2015 International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) has seen many of the top riders falter, and the Australian Team continue their domination.
American Kailub Russell dislocated his knee, and received time penalties before remounting to continue, his mistake dropping Team USA out of the top three, relegating them to 20th in the World Trophy Standings.
Plenty more drama unfolded on day three – Eight of the top 20 riders given their marching orders after they missed a time control (cut the track) in a trail section. The first rule of the ISDE is that a rider can not travel backwards on the course, however something went seriously wrong in this instance. Riders on the trail section have to follow the course from one control to another control, unfortunately they went the wrong way, then had to go up the road to get back to the Time Control, missing a Route Check in the process. Frances Marc Bourgeois, Anthony Boisiere, and Jeremy Joly; USAs Taylor Robert, Spain’s Lorenzo Santolino and Cristobal Guerrero, Great Britain’s David Knight, and Italy’s Manuel Monni have now been excluded from the event. Team France is now last after losing 4 riders. With one rider down Great Britain is demoted to second from last, Spain third last, USA fourth from last.
Team Australia still leads the World Trophy with a time of 11:21:26.37.
Italy is in second with 11:34:05.66, and Finland in third with a time of 11:45:55.25.
In the Junior World Trophy, Team Australia is also in front with a time of 6:57:50.92. Sweden is in second with a time of 7:06:24.37, and USA in third with a time of 7:10:24.88.
Team Australia is still dominating the Women’s World Trophy on 5:41:11.59. France is in second with a time of 6:08:20.80, and Sweden in third with a time of 6:21:17.58.
Yamaha Australia with team members Josh Green, Daniel Milner and Beau Ralston is currently leading the Manufacturers Team Award with a time of 6:48.49.12.
Team USA Ryan Sipes takes the lead outright (44:16.84 ), team Australia’s Daniel Milner (44:25.78) in second and Team France’s Loic Larrieu (45:07.79) third after Day 3.
Team Australia Women’s Trio lead Tayla Jones (1:06:12.13) in first place, Jessica Gardiner (1:08:13.03) in second and Jemma Wilson (1:08:57.07) in third at the end of Day 3.
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