ISDE

Australia

2018 FIM ISDE Women’s World Trophy

Team manager: Donald Atkins
Riders: Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones, Mackenzie Tricker

2017 FIM ISDE Women’s World Trophy

Team manager: Donald Atkins
Riders: Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson

AUSSIES ALRIGHT FOR FIVE

The Australian ladies' team continued their domination of the FIM ISDE Women's Trophy with a fifth consecutive success in the 2017 edition held in Brive, France, but not before the USA gave an impressive indication of things to come. The strongest initial challenge to the title holders came from Spain, who were helped by Laia Sanz (KTM) to a forty-two second lead on the opening day. However, the Spaniards' time at the top was short-lived as two of their team riders failed to reach the finish of day two.

Meanwhile Australia topped the second day with a one-minute and eight second gap over the USA to take the overall lead by three-and-a-half minutes, and even with Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) riding with a broken finger on day three they extended their advantage to almost six minutes. Australia topped the class again on day four to create a seven-minute and fifteen second cushion over the USA, and over the final two days Gardiner, Tayla Jones (Yamaha) and Jemma Wilson (Yamaha) put the finishing touches to a near faultless week to claim a fifth consecutive class victory.

However, they will have taken notice of the performance of their American counterparts, who clinched their first day win on day five and followed up on day six to claim the overall runner-up spot despite all three team members - Kacy Martinez (KTM), Rebecca Sheets (KTM) and Brandy Richards (KTM) - having never competed before at the ISDE. France were third, ahead of Sweden, Italy, Canada, Portugal, Slovakia and Spain.

 

France

2017 FIM ISDE Junior World Trophy

Team manager: Frédéric Weill
Riders: Jeremy Miroir, Hugo Blanjoue, Anthony Geslin

FRANCE'S STARS OF THE FUTURE

Not to be outdone by their senior class team-mates, France’s FIM Junior World Trophy team also claimed ISDE victory on home soil in Brive, finishing on top of a thrilling two-nation fight to the very end of the final day against Italy. Reigning champions Sweden got their title defence off to the best possible start by topping the opening day some twenty-eight seconds ahead of Italy, but their challenge was effectively over on day two when Mikael Persson (Yamaha) ran into technical issues and failed to finish the day, allowing the USA to take over at the top.

Third on day one and second on day two, the French trio of Jeremy Miroir (Husqvarna), Hugo Blanjoue (Yamaha) and Anthony Geslin (Beta) stepped up on day three, finishing twenty-six seconds ahead of Italy to open up a thirty-nine second lead over their Transalpine neighbours as the USA dropped back to third. With just 0.07 seconds between France and Italy on a close day four, France managed to re-establish a twenty-eight second advantage by the end of day four although there was still no room for error during the final full day of competition, with the USA also just under two-minutes behind the leaders.

Italy went on the offensive during the final day motocross races but France hung on to take the overall win by a slender fifteen seconds, much to the delight of the thousands of spectators who turned out to enjoy the thrilling finale. Italy hung on to the runner-up spot ahead of day-six winners the USA, who rounded out the podium.

 

France

2017 FIM ISDE World Trophy

Team manager: Frédéric Weill
Riders: Jérémy Tarroux, Loïc Larrieu, Christophe Nambotin, Christophe Charlier

 

FEARLESS FRENCH TAKE THE CROWN

The 92nd running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Brive, France, was a memorable one for the home nation, who took a clear victory in the FIM World Trophy despite being made to sweat through the final two days with Christophe Nambotin (KTM) forced to ride with broken bones in his hand.

Day one of the dramatic event saw defending champions the USA run into immediate trouble, with Thad Duvall (Husqvarna) crashing on the opening special test and badly injuring his left wrist. Along with Chile and Japan the USA were one of three teams who saw one of their riders’ fail to reach the finish of day one, whilst in stark contrast the French celebrated victory despite Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) picking up a one-minute time penalty.

Competing over the exact same course on day two, a French team that also included Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco) and Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna) extended their advantage over Australia to four minutes and nineteen seconds and then had three riders in the top four on day three as they edged further clear. France again dominated day four but their seemingly unstoppable charge to the title was thrown into doubt as Nambotin picked up a serious hand injury, allowing Australia to take a 28-second chunk out of their lead on day five. 

With questions over Nambotin's fitness for the final-day motocross races, even a sizeable seven-minute and thirty-two second cushion did not look safe although all four French riders made it to the line without problems, Nambotin producing one of the most hard-fought performances of the event to ensure the home nation took the spoils. Final day victory for Australia secured second  place ahead of Finland.
 

USA

2016 FIM ISDE World Trophy

TAYLOR-MADE DEBUT WIN FOR USA

Over 500 riders rolled off the starting ramp for the 91st edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro in Navarra, Spain, which saw the USA make history as Taylor Robert (KTM), Kailub Russell (KTM), Thad Duvall (Husqvarna) and eleventh-hour replacement rider Layne Michael (Husqvarna) claimed their nation’s first ever World Trophy class win. After establishing a strong lead in dry and dusty conditions on the first two days, the USA were pegged back by Italy on day three, which served up not only a new course, but also some extremely demanding special tests and some challenging weather. However, there was drama to come on day five as Italy’s hopes ended no sooner than the day had begun, with Manuel Monni (TM) forced to retire with a broken right hand after crashing heavily in the opening special test. 

The final day motocross races saw close action in all classes, with all of the category leaders making it to the end of the event without any problems. Led by Robert, who also got the overall individual result in his sixth ISDE, the USA put the finishing touches to their impressive week-long performance to secure a well-deserved World Trophy team win, which they dedicated to the late multiple ISDE medallist Kurt Caselli. Great Britain claimed the final runner-up position with the Czech Republic claiming third and with it the Watling Trophy for the most improved nation.

RIDERS

Taylor Robert
Kailub Russell
Thad Duvall
Layne Michael

Sweden

2016 FIM ISDE Junior World Trophy

SUPER SWEDEN STEAL THE SHOW

Sweden held off a strong late push from the USA to take home the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) Junior World Trophy in 2016, keeping their nerve in the challenging and changeable conditions of Navarra, Spain. FIM Junior Enduro World Championship runner-up Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) followed up his strong finish to the individual season with team honours alongside compatriots Mikael Persson (Yamaha) and Jesper Borjesson (Husqvarna) to cap off a memorable year. Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) led a strong early challenge from Spain that included a victory on the second day, before a DNF for one of his team-mates on day three dropped them from second position to sixteenth and out of contention.

Meanwhile Sweden's second victory from the opening three days extended their lead to almost two minutes over the Americans, who closed to just 24 seconds with a stunning win on day four. Trevor Bollinger (Honda), Steward Baylor (KTM) and Grant Baylor (Yamaha) were then just three seconds behind the Swedish team on day five, setting up a tense finale. However, with each of their three team riders performing well in their respective final motocross races Sweden claimed the 2016 FIM Junior World Trophy by 45 seconds from the USA, with Italy completing the podium ahead of Finland and France.

RIDERS

Albin Elowson
Mikael Persson
Jesper Borjesson

Australia

2016 FIM ISDE Women’s Trophy

ADVANCE AUSTRALIA FOUR!

The Australian ladies' team celebrated victory for the fourth successive year in the 2016 edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) Women's Trophy held in Navarra, Spain. Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha), Tayla Jones (Yamaha) and Jemma Wilson (Yamaha) more than lived up to their reputation as favourites, leading from the opening day and then signing off from the competition with each of their three riders safely reaching the end of their motocross races on day six.

The Australians didn't have it all their own way though, with Laia Sanz (KTM) leading a Spanish challenge that kept the pressure up in the early stages. Sanz, the recently-crowned five-time FIM Women’s Enduro World Cup winner, produced some impressive personal displays, including the overall fastest time on day four, whilst Maria Franke (KTM), the fastest rider on day two, also played a starring role as Germany mounted a challenge for the podium. However, nobody was able to match the speed, concentration and consistency of the Australians, who claimed a fourth class win in as many years. Host nation Spain held on to the runner-up result with Germany third.

RIDERS

Jessica Gardiner
Tayla Jones
Jemma Wilson