We will keep you posted with the latest results as they come in
8:43am – first test scores posted, fast Americans all across the board; Trophy, Jr, Women and Club riders
12:43 – after 5 tests Kurt looks really strong, just seconds out of first in E1 and right up there in the overall. Mike Brown and Destry are running strong and consistent also. Nathan Woods and Timmy Weigand are both getting off to slow starts, but Woods is getting faster as the day progresses. Ian Blythe looking good also. In the overall Johnny Aubert is in a class all by himself today.
3:26 – looks like the day has wrapped up for the top runners, here are the highlights for team USA
E1- Caselli 4th, Brown 7th, Blythe 12th
E2- Abbott 14th, Robert 15th, Fahringer 18th, Weigand 26th,
E3- Buttrick 9th, Wood 11th
Nichole Bradford ran strong early in the womens category, but dropped dramatically in the afternoon. Mexican rider Ivan Ramirez of Ensenada is 27th in the E2 class. Ivan will ride on the factory KTM team at the Baja 1000 as soon as he gets back from the ISDE.
7:22pm – This just came in from David Kamo who is down helping out the US contingent:
ISDE day one
6am Monday morning Idaho-Joe(driver), Donna(bag lady), and David(line pointer) headed up to the Park Ferme’ to check up on the USA Trophy Team for Day One start. We stayed to watch the two USA E-1 Trophy team riders take off form the start, Kurt Caselli, and Mike Brown. Mike Brown was super excited when he was sitting on the start with Kurt.
Idaho-Joe, Donna, Michelle, and I had to leave right after the two started to make it out the check one, and test two on time. We had to be out there by 9. Check one and test two were right next to each other. It was a 30 minute drive out from park ferme’ on a two lane road that transformed into a soft rocky uphill drive in a ghetto little rental car. I woke up after I could feel the floor boards of the lil rental car rub against the rocks.
When we arrived at our destination, my job was to point out lines on the special test at the bottom. There were two mud crossings in the special test/grass track that were going to be changing through out the day. Michelle stayed down at the bottom to take pictures, and I went back to the start and finish of the test. I helped Donna transfer bum packs off the riders from start to finish. That way I could inform the riders of the mud hole situation. Idaho Joe stayed up at the time controlled check to assist the Trophy, Jr, and Woman Trophy with goggles and parts if needed.
Our 3 USA Team medics(Monty, Spook, and Doc) made it out the test where we were at. Donna put the 3 to work by transfering bum packs and water packs from the riders.
We saw Kerrie Swarts(USA Women Trophy) slide out and tip over before the mud section of the special test. Donna volunteered medic, Spook to run back up to the check and grab an extra set of gloves for Kerrie. Which was about 100 yards away, with an uphill run! Kerrie finished the test and headed to the next test. Spook made it back down the hill with Kerrie’s gloves about a minute too late. He was on his hands and knees with the gloves though.
Before the second time around for the riders I headed to the bottom of the special test to point out lines before the mud hole crossings. The track changed a lot since Caselli and Brown had seen it. I notified Michelle to tell all of the riders to stay out of the main line before the mud crossings, and to take the outside to inside line. Caselli was the first USA rider to test out the main line on the special test before the mud crossings and lost about 20 seconds. By the time Caselli got his bike free from the rut, Brown was coming up right behind him. Caselli saw Brown and took one for the team by letting Brown pass him and hoping that Brown would get a good score for the team.
Mandi Mastin(USA Womens) stalled her bike out in a corner and had problems getting it started. After Nicole and Kerrie went by me, I ran over and tried giving advice to get her YZ205f started. It took a lil bit of time, and frustration, but she got it started and was on her way.
Donna, Michelle, Joe, and I headed back to the park ferme’ to fix the trunk latch of our rental car. Our trunk broke from the road on our way to the park ferme’. Lots of glue, tape, quicksteel, jb weld was applied.
We headed up to the last test of the day, Altozonas, right next to the park ferme’. We were tranfering bum packs for the USA Team again. Then Cory Buttrick came into the check with one hand off and in pain. He made it through the test with a great special test time. Michelle and I ran back to the USA pits in the park ferme’ to inform his father, D-Buttrick. Spook was called and headed to the check before the pits to check up on him. He seemed fine.
I helped D-Buttrick assist Cory for his front and rear tire changes. He had bent his bars pretty good and was going to worry about that in the morning. I also helped assist Billy Burns with his pit before impound. Front and rear tire change. He also changed out his rear brake system on his KTM, and an air filter.