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.
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.