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American’s See Fantastic ISDE Result
Juniors Win, Trophy Podium, Club Riders Win
The USA Junior World Trophy Team took home 1st place at the FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) bringing home four gold medals for Steward Baylor, Grant Baylor, Justin Jones and Trevor Bollinger.
KTM support rider Justin Jones was the stand-out Junior rider of the week turning fast times throughout all six days. Jones ended up 11th overall in the combined standings and helped propel his team into podium position early on. Factory FMF/KTM rider Steward Baylor and his brother KTM support rider Grant Baylor rode strong throughout the event and avoided any technical difficulties through one of the most challenging ISDE events in recent history. The hot desert and dusty conditions proved not to be a problem for the Junior Trophy Team with all riders finishing the ISDE without any major issue.
The opposite was true for the USA World Trophy Team, which consisted of Factory FMF/KTM riders Taylor Robert, Charlie Mullins, Kailub Russell plus Mike Brown, Zach Osborne and Thad Duvall. The team had unfortunate luck from the very first day when team member Zach Osborne’s bike had a mechanical issue in the second test which took him out of the race. Despite his DNF, the rider’s still ended day one in contention for the lead.
On day two, the USA Trophy Team moved into the lead position after the second test and held it until the third test when Mullins took a hard crash on a technical section. Mullins recovered from the crash but lost time as he sought medical attention and had to repair damage to his bike.
The remainder of the week would be up and down for the USA Team as they battled with France and topped their times each day but couldn’t move into the lead as a result of penalties. The rider’s gained nearly 6 minutes on the French Team on day four before a mechanical issue with Robert’s bike cost the team 9 penalty points. The boys made up for it on the fifth day with Robert taking the overall win for the day. They again dominated on the final day of the event with USA riders Brown, Russell and Robert finishing in the top three overall for the final motocross test. At the end of the ISDE, the USA Trophy Team secured 2nd place overall for the second year in a row.
Factory FMF/KTM rider Kailub Russell finished 3rd overall in the combined standings and earned the Top American Award for this event. “This was definitely a rough ISDE,” stated Russell. “I’m happy to finish safely and land on the podium again but our entire team is ready to come back next year and finish on that top step.”
US Trophy Team captain Mike Brown contested the ISDE aboard his Factory Husqvarna FE 501 in the E3 division. Brown put his extensive racing experience to good use in Argentina, and was able to put forth a solid performance, not faltering once during six consecutive days of intense off-road racing.
“It’s been a consistent week,” Brown said. “My focus was on putting in strong times during each test and to avoid making mistakes. I managed to do that and it showed in my results.” Brown was able to punctuate his strong effort with an overall win on Day 6 in the final motocross test. Brown took the win ahead of fellow American Trophy Team riders Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert, making for an all-American podium for the day.
The Women’s Trophy Team finished 3rd overall at the ISDE event. Both Rachel Gutish and Sarah Baldwin encountered technical issues on day three and could not finish the event. However, the final member of the team Mandi Mastin would push forward for the Women’s Team. Mastin finished the event and placed 6th overall.
On the club team front, Andrew DeLong piloted his Factory Husqvarna FE 350 to a gold medal, and a second overall finish in the Club ranks. The current National Enduro Champion was happy to end his week on a high note, but missed the chance to land a Club Team win with his Wellard teammates.
“I had an awesome time here in at the Argentina Six Days,” DeLong said. “I’ve been battling with my teammate Gary Sutherlin all week on test scores and it was so much fun. I was also was battling my teammate Chris Bach in the beginning of the week until his bike broke on Day 3. I’ve learned a lot and had a blast in San Juan. I want to thank everyone for all the great support that helped me get to Six Days this year.”
US club riders filled the top of the charts. Gary Sutherlin won the C2 class and was top overall club rider. He was followed by Delong and Cody Schafer to fill the C2 podioum. Josh Knight finished second in C1 while Cory Buttrick won the C3 class.