(sorry had to pretend I was really working today, so I am a little behind on posting)
Trophy – France, Italy, Finland, USA ,setting up for another Finland/USA battle for the podium. In Greece in 08 Destry collided with Juha in the final moto breaking Juha’s throttle cable. His DNF of the moto was enough to knock Finland down and give the USA trophy team the bronze medal.
Junior – Spain, Sweden, USA, France, this is a really strong group of jr riders, and all without the help of Buttrick!
E1- Meo, Remes, Salvini, Caselli, Mattila, Brown, Blythe , Ian Blythe is well on his way to top rookie honors
E2- Aubert, Oldrati, Salminen, 12 Robert, 13 Abbott, 18 Jarrett, 22 Fahringer, 23 Weigand, Jimmy Jarret and Nick Fahringer are slowly working up to a better race pace.
E3 – Guillaume, Mena, Nambotion, 9 Woods
Women – Puy, Dufrene, Rossat, Bradford, 7 Mastin
C1- 6 Hoess
C2 – 3 Schafer, 4 Delong, 5 Palmer, 7 Irwin, 8 Sperle and Billy Burns put 29 seconds on Fredette today in the senior battle
C3- 7 Brandt, 10 Jake Vainio, 14 Strong, 18 Valin, 27 Ketchum, I have to give a call out to former Finn Jake Vainio who is riding for the US this year. Jake is a former Finn Jr team member and a great rider. My buddy Lars Valin has been with me at every ISDE I have ridden.
Here is Destry’s report for Day 4: Day 4 is over! The trails and test are getting really rough! My day didn’t go to bad, but I just didn’t ride like myself (to many mistakes). I’m still sitting 13th and didn’t lose any spots so that’s good (I guess:) One more long day and then it’s time for day six where we get to moto (I’m really looking forward to day six, since my body is beat:)
ISDE – update by David Kamo
Re: penalty point
This morning the traffic was insane getting up to the park ferme. It usually takes us about 7 minutes to get up there from our hotel. Instead it took us 40 minutes to get up to the pits. Jr USA team rider, Ian Blythe, got stuck in traffic on his way to park ferme. He was running so late due to the traffic and jumped on the back of a local’s scooter who transported him to the impound. Ian ran through to the impound to grab his bike and ran back out with it. Ian had a min and 15 seconds to spare before he started. It was a great way to warm up the body this morning since it was one of the coldest days this week.
Mike Brown was having a good solid day until he got to check 3. He went through the check 10 seconds early making him a minute early. He was waved to go through by check workers. Brown said that he was early and argued for about 5 minutes with the check people then took off. Other than his 1 minute penalty he had a good day at the special test.
The USA Junior Team is now in 3rd 18 seconds in front of France. Ian, Nick, and Taylor have been putting great special test times in. And have been riding very smooth through out the week. If they keep up their consistency then we could have a repeat of last years Jr team, or even better, a repeat of the 2007 Jr team.