Six - Victory for French Men and Women
With the sixth day of the 2010 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) having been cancelled, the results after day five have now been used to determine the official and final classifications.
In the World Trophy contest the French Team of Johnny Aubert (KTM) E2; Nicolas Deparrois (Kawasaki) E2; Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna) E3; Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) E1; Rodrig Thain (TM) E2; and Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) E3 were triumphant. The Italian Team consisting of Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) E1; Alessandro Belometti (KTM) E3; Thomas Oldrati (KTM) E2; Manuel Monni (Yamaha) E2; Simone Albergoni (KTM) E3; and Alessandro Botturi (Husaberg) E3 finished as runners-up. Whilst Eero Remes (KTM) E1; Jari Mattila (Honda) E1; Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) E2; Marko Tarkkala (Husqvarna) E2; Oskari Kantonen (KTM) E2; and Valtteri Salonen (Husaberg) E3 took third place for Finland.
The Junior Trophy was won by Spain, their four man team including Victor Guerrero (Yamaha) E1; Mario Roman (KTM) E1; Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) E2; and Oriol Mena (Husaberg) E3. Sweden were the runners-up in this class, the Scandinavian squad being represented by Henrik Lindholm (KTM) E2; Johan Carlsson (Beta) E2; Karl Svensson (Husaberg) E3; and Calle Sjoo (Husaberg) E3. Completing the podium, Team USA were third, thanks to the efforts of Ian Blythe (KTM) E1; Cory Buttrick (KTM) E3; Nick Fahringer (Husaberg) E2; and Robert Taylor (Yamaha) E2.
Matching their male compatriots, the French ladies won the Women’s Cup courtesy of Blandine Dufrene (Gas Gas); Audrey Rossat (Gas Gas); and Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas). Runners-up in this category were the USA, their team included Kerrie Swartz (KTM); Nicole Bradford (KTM); and Amanda Mastin (Yamaha). Sweden secured third place due to the performances of Camilla Mitkiewicz (KTM); Vanja Kollman (KTM); and Jessika Jonsson (KTM).
DAY SIX - 2010 ISDE ORGANISERS CANCEL FINAL DAY
The organising committee of the eighty-fifth FIM International Six Days Enduro has decided to cancel the final day of the competition, a decision that has been fully supported by the FIM Jury.
No one involved in the event has been effected in anyway by the actions that occurred in the region overnight. These actions were in no way connected to the event and took place some considerable distance from the host city of Morelia.
The decision has been taken to ensure the safety and security of all persons involved with the event and of the spectators due to watch the final motocross test.
Results as of the end of day five, most of which were already clear and decisive, will now be declared as the final official results of the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro.
The prize giving ceremony will take place as originally planned this evening in the city of Morelia.
DAY SIX - FIM AND 2010 ISDE ORGANISER STATEMENTS
FIM Sports Director - Ignacio Verneda and President of the 2010 ISDE Organising Committee - Luis Otero have now issued the following statements about the earlier decision to cancel the final day of the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro.
Ignacio Verneda stated: “Firstly I would like to congratulate the organising committee on delivering an excellent sporting event, which has reflected a good image of the discipline of enduro. After five days of such a good competition, I am happy with the decision that has been taken by the organising committee and the FIM Jury.”
“This is 100% the correct decision, as in all cases the security and safety of everyone involved with the event is the most important consideration. Although the risk was only very minimal, we prefer not to take any risk at all. In all cases the decision has been well accepted by the riders, the teams and all those associated with the event.”
Luis Otero stated: “The organising committee are extremely sad about this situation, as so far we have enjoyed a fantastic competition. From the start our philosophy was to have fun and for five days everyone has had incredible fun. However due to circumstances beyond our control we have now taken the difficult, but correct decision to cancel the final day.”
“Everyone has seen the steps we have taken to safeguard the security of this magnificent event and in no way do we want to jeopardise the smiles that everyone have been wearing on their faces this week. Our main goal has been the security of the riders in the hills, but now the priority is for the authorities to provide security for all the people in the region.”
Last day of ISDE Mexico cancelled; results after Day Five stand as final
Officials from FIM and the organizing committed of the 85th Editions of the ISDE in Morelia Mexico, cancelled the final day of the six days of Enduro competition after safety issues arose.
Motorcycling Sports Director - Ignacio Verneda and President of the 2010 ISDE Organizing Committee - Luis Otero made the following statements about their decision.
Ignacio Verneda: "This is 100% the correct decision, as in all cases the security and safety of everyone involved with the event is the most important consideration…. Although the risk was only very minimal, we prefer not to take any risk at all. In all cases the decision has been well accepted by the riders, the teams and all those associated with the event."
Luis Otero: "The organizing committee is extremely sad about this situation, as so far we have enjoyed a fantastic competition. From the start our philosophy was to have fun and for five days everyone has had incredible fun. However due to circumstances beyond our control we have now taken the difficult, but correct decision to cancel the final day……Our main goal has been the security of the riders in the hills, but now the priority is for the authorities to provide security for all the people in the region."
The competition therefore draws to a close in the 85th Edition of the ISDE with KTM's Johnny Aubert the outstanding rider of the event. He was the clear winner in the E2 class and made a major contribution to France retaining the prestigious World Trophy together with his teammates Nicolas Deparrois, Sebastien Guillaume, Antoine Meo, Rodrig Thain and Christophe Nambotin.
The Italian Team, with three KTM riders in Thomas Oldrati (E2) and Simone Albergoni and Alessandro Belometti (both E3), Alex Salvini, Manuel Monni and Alessandro Botturi placed second while third was Finland with KTM's Eero Remes and Oskari Kantonen, Jari Mattila, Juha Salminen, Marko Tarkkala (Husqvarna), and Valtteri Salonen. Team USA, with KTM's Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown placed fourth.
Spain was victorious in the Junior Trophy with two key KTM riders in Lorenzo Santolino and Mario Roman as well as Victor Guerrero and Oriol Mena. KTM rider Henrik Lindholm was part of the Sweden team that was second while Ian Blythe and Cory Buttrick (both KTM) were in the third placed USA team.
France also won the Women's Cup while USA with KTM riders Kerrie Swartz and Nicole Bradford (KTM) was second. Sweden was third with a three woman KTM lineup in Camilla Mitkiewicz, Vanja Kollman and Jessika Jonsson (KTM).
KTM Spain was also pleased to have its supported rider Aaron Bernadez win the KTM toughest Club Rider title. Jonas Karlsson of Sweden was second followed by American Andrew Delong.
E1 & E3 class success for Husqvarna at 85th ISDE
CH Racing Husqvarna team riders Antoine Meo, Sebastien Guillaume, Alex Salvini, Giacomo Redondi and Juha Salminen have secured exceptional results at the 85th FIM International Six Days Enduro held in Morelia, Mexico, where Meo (TE250) and Guillaume (WR300) claimed victory in the Enduro 1 and Enduro 3 classes respectively. Adding to Husqvarna's success is the fact that Alex Salvini (TE250) placed third in the E1 class while team newcomer and ISDE first timer Giacomo Redondi finished eighth aboard his WR125. In the Enduro 2 class Juha Salminen (TE499) placed a strong second, ensuring four podium finishes for Husqvarna.
As Enduro 1 World Champion Antoine Meo arrived in Mexico looking to continue his winning ways in '10 and despite finishing second in class at the end of the opening day's competition showed that he was going to be a force to be reckoned with in Morelia. Jumping to the top of his class on day two the French Trophy team rider then won the Enduro 1 class on days two, three, four and five. Amassing a sizeable 36-second winning advantage, Antoine performed faultlessly throughout the week to claim a well-deserved victory.
Competing aboard a 250cc four-stroke machine for the first time this season, as well as in his first international enduro event of '10, Alex Salvini delivered one of the standout performances in the E1 category. Proving himself to be every bit as fast and consistent as his more experienced class mates, Alex placed third on each of the opening three days before claiming his highest finish of the event with a runner-up result behind team-mate Meo on day four. Despite dropping to fifth on day five Salvini claimed a well-deserved third overall result in the E1 class.
Completing a hat-trick of impressive results for Husqvarna in the Enduro 1 class was team newcomer Giacomo Redondi. Competing in his first ever ISDE, and as a member of the Italian Junior Trophy team, Redondi excelled throughout the week to finish as the best placed 125cc E1 class rider having not once finished outside of the top 10. With his best result coming on days two and five, where he finished eighth, Giacomo showed that he will be a force to be reckoned with during the '11 Enduro Junior World Championship.
Competing in an ISDE event aboard Husqvarna's new TE449 machine for the first time Finnish Trophy Team competitor Juha Salminen enjoyed a productive week, one in which the former seven-time World Champion placed runner-up in the Enduro 2 class. Enjoying a trouble free event like all Husqvarna riders Juha placed sixth in class on day one before then finishing third at the end of the remaining four days.
With Antoine Meo delivering four-stroke powered success for Husqvarna in the Enduro 1 class Seb Guillaume topped the Enduro 3 category aboard his 300cc two-stroke. Making a steady start to the competition and placing second on day one, it didn't take Seb long to work his way to the top of his class. E3 winner on days two and three, Seb finished behind countryman Christophe Nambotin on days four and five but maintained his position as the dominant rider in E3, finishing an eventual 33 seconds ahead of his nearest challenger Oriol Mena from Spain.
Antoine Meo - Enduro 1: 'It's been a very good race for me, and all the French Trophy Team made a good job. It has been a fantastic experience and we had a great atmosphere inside the team, which really helped us. My bike performed really well, as I was afraid some days because there were a lot of rocks. It is a good end to a perfect season for me - I am world champion, I won my class at the ISDE and the French team are also Trophy Team champions, too. This year has been incredible and a great experience. Although we have lost the final day, I think it was the correct option, as we all must stay safe. It's been a fantastic event.'
Alex Salvini - Enduro 1: 'The race was really good for me, I didn't believe that I could be so competitive in the E1 class as I had only ridden the bike three times before coming to Mexico. The race was tough so I was really surprised how well it went for me. It was fun to fight with Antoine and Eero as these guys are the best in the world in this class, it was exciting to be up against them. Both on paper and in the race France were the best team, but the conditions were good for the Italian riders, too. All the team tried their best, and so did I, my only disappointment is that I did not manage to win a day. But I was close. This was a good place for me to show my potential, now I am stronger in the mind and I am ready for the Enduro World Championship next year.'
Giacomo Redondi - Enduro 1: 'It's been a fantastic experience for me. I joined the CH Racing Husqvarna team just one month ago so to finish eighth in my first ISDE is amazing. I am really happy with my result and enjoyed the race. Also, finishing as the first 125cc rider in the E1 class is very special for me. I didn't have any problems during the event, and the only crashes I had were away from the special tests. Next year I will race in the Enduro Junior class in the World Championship, so this result has really helped my confidence. It's been a fantastic experience.'
Juha Salminen - Enduro 2: 'I'm pretty happy with everything - my riding went well, which is the most important thing. Towards the end of the week we made some changes on the bike, and it did help as the results show. I am happy because I made no big mistakes, just one crash on Monday, and for the rest of the time I was pretty much pushing to the limit without any other problems. So it has been a good six days for me. It was dry and dusty, there were a few small problems with the dust, but generally it has been a good event. But not an easy one. The days were rough and long, and about the right level for this event. It was a shame for the event to finish in this way because it has been a good week.'
Seb Guillaume - Enduro 3: 'It's great to win the Enduro 3 class, a fantastic end to the season. I had a few small problems on the first day but after that things went really well for me, and the French Trophy Team. The terrain was extremely dry and really challenging but I really liked it. Of course all of the French riders were looking forward to the final day motocross races, but we all fully understand why the day was cancelled. It's been a great event and I'm really proud to be a part of the winning French team, and to have won the E3 class for Husqvarna.'
France poised to take World Trophy once again
Friday saw the last full day of the 2010 FIM International Six Days Enduro, with the riders completing a new route that included a mixture of trails and special tests from all of the previous four days. This will be the final time that the competitors face ‘traditional’ enduro challenges during the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM ISDE, as the final day will see all racers battling one another at a nearby motocross circuit. In the absence of any major problems, the leaders of each of the respective classes, both team and individual, will be hoping for a clear run to the finish in order to clinch their precious titles.
Delivering what was arguably their most impressive team performance of the event so far France once again topped the Trophy Team competition, finishing one-and-a-half minutes ahead of Finland. With Johnny Aubert (KTM) topping the E2 class, as well as again posting the fastest overall individual performance, Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) claimed top honours in E1 while Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) won the E3 category. While France’s winning margin was a comfortable one, just twenty-four seconds separated Finland in second with third placed Italy.
With only the final day motocross races remaining, and with France’s Trophy Team made up of a number of former motocross racers, the team sits a little over ten minutes ahead of Italy, who in turn are placed four minutes up on Finland. The USA holds fourth.
Spain again delivered the goods in the Junior Trophy competition with all four Spanish youngsters performing strongly. Finishing one-minute ahead of Sweden, Spain are now odds on favourites to top the Junior Trophy class. At the end of a demanding day just five seconds separated runners up Sweden from third placed USA. Italy and France finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Spain now holds a near six minute advantage over Sweden, and are well placed to deliver a repeat of their 2009 Junior Trophy class win. The USA sits third followed by France. Ten minutes separates the top four nations in the Junior Trophy division.
Ludivine Puy was again the fastest individual female rider, ensuring France once again topped the Women’s Cup. Finishing a massive forty-seven minutes clear of their closest rivals France now sit more than one-hour ahead in the overall Women’s Cup rankings. At the end of day five it was the USA who placed second, separated from Sweden in third by just two minutes. France are followed by the USA and Sweden headed into the final day motocross races.
France claimed a clean-sweep of the three capacity classes with Antoine Meo extending his lead at the head of the E1 class. Twelve seconds up on Finland’s Eero Remes (KTM), Meo now sits thirty-six clear at the top of the class. With Team USA riders Kurt Caselli (KTM) and Mike Brown (KTM) finishing behind Meo and Remes on day five, an all European top three of Meo, Remes and Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) heads the E1 class with just the day six motocross races remaining.
In the Enduro 2 class Johnny Aubert is placed close to five-and-a-half minutes ahead of his nearest challenger having topped day five by thirty-nine seconds. With Rodrig Thain (TM) and Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) battling it out for the runners-up spot, the two riders finished the day with a near identical time. With Thain securing the runner-up spot, Salminen finished third with Manuel Monni (Yamaha) fourth. Johnny Aubert heads into the final day with a commanding lead in the E2 class, but all is still to play for between Salminen, Oldrati and Monni.
Christophe Nambotin claimed another E3 class win on day five, finishing eleven seconds ahead of countryman Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna). Italians Simone Albergoni (KTM) and Alessandro Botturi (Husaberg) placed third and fourth while Spain’s Oriol Mena (Husaberg) finished fifth. Guillaume leads Mena by thirty-three seconds in the overall E3 standings, with just five seconds separating Mena from Nambotin in third, ensuring an exciting final day’s racing at the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro. Results
Another report from Phil Hodges and Gail Lucas in Mexico
After 4 days everything is still going fine at the ISDE, the Mexicans have made everybody welcome, most of the riders are having a good ride but some of the club riders are struggling. The weather has cooled down a bit it’s been 25c today with a cool wind, all of the tests are marked out well and are good for spectating most of the tests are in open fields but a couple of them are in tight woods and this can be exciting when a rider gets it wrong.
Okie has had to support the USA team this year as there is no British contingent but he has been useful when we have turned up at the service area serving us with red wine and peanut butter sandwiches he passes on his regards to everyone that knows him in the UK.
The New Zealand team have been really friendly and we have been cheering them on all week.
We filled the hire car up today at the grand cost of £18.00 it’s no wonder that every vehicle has big petrol engines here
We took a break from the bikes on Monday eve to have a look at the Noche de Muertos festival (day of the dead) this is a festival celebrating the dead and starts with a visit into the homes of local people where they ply you with alcohol and food including an awful drink made of corn, the festival finishes with a visit to the cemetery in the middle of the night to consume more alcohol and food, it makes our Halloween look rather tame.
We have had a great time so far and cannot wait for the final motocross on Saterday
France move further ahead with two days to go
It was another tough day for competitors of the 2010 FIM International Six Days Enduro as riders from all nations were once again forced to battle their way through the tough Mexican event. Following the same route as day three, the course for day four saw the remaining competitors forced to battle against the elements as the bone-dry ground, chocking dust, and rock strewn course proved to be anything but easy. In true ISDE fashion, just when most riders were looking for relief ahead of the closing two days of the event the sun and heat returned to exaggerate their fatigue.
France were again the nation setting the pace at the head of the Trophy Team competition, finishing two minutes in front of their nearest competitors on day four of the ‘Olympics of Motorcycling’. Lead once again by Johnny Aubert (KTM) the defending Trophy Team champions edged further ahead in the overall classification, and are now looking a sure bet to win the prestigious class. With Aubert topping the E2 category France enjoyed a clean sweep of the E1, E2 and E3 classes as Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) came home winner in E1 while Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) finished top in E3.
While France finished comfortably ahead in the Trophy Team competition a day-long battle between Italy and Finland raged for the runners-up spot with the two nations separated by just eighteen seconds. Eventually it was Italy who claimed the second place position with Finland earning third. In the overall Trophy team classification France extended their advantage by two minutes and now sit close to seven-and-a-half minutes clear of Italy who are currently placed second. Finland remain third, some twelve minutes behind France.
In the Junior Trophy team competition Spain claimed a commanding victory on day four of the FIM ISDE proving once again to be the dominant force in the junior division. But just as in the Trophy team class the second and third placed Junior Trophy teams were separated by next to nothing. Team USA eventually finished as runners-up, nineteen seconds ahead of Sweden. In the overall Junior Trophy standings Spain now sit close to five minutes ahead, having extended their lead by two minutes. Sweden remain second with the USA third, but some two minutes behind the Scandinavians.
Day four proved to be extremely tough for the Women riders. France finished a massive eight minutes ahead of second placed Sweden and in doing so extended their lead at the top of the Women’s Cup to a staggering twenty-three minutes. The USA placed third on the day, but sit four minutes ahead of Sweden in the overall standings.
Antoine Meo claimed yet another E1 class win, but had to fend off the pressure of Italy’s Alex Salvini throughout the day. With a little under seven seconds separating the two riders Finn Eero Remes placed third, four seconds behind Salvini. In the overall E1 standings Antoine Meo holds a twenty-four second advantage over Finn Eero Remes. Italy’s Alex Salvini holds third followed by the USA’s Kurt Caselli.
Once again dominating the E2 class Johnny Aubert stamped his authority on not only the class, but also the event. Over one-minute ahead of countryman Rodrig Thain (TM) the two French riders were followed home by Finn Juha Salminen (Husqvarna). Aubert is now more than four-and-a-half minutes clear in the overall E2 class standings, followed by Italy’s Thomas Oldrati (KTM) and Juha Salminen. ISDE first timer Manuel Monni (Yamaha) sits in fourth.
In the E3 class a new name topped the results – that of Christophe Nambotin. Making a slow start to the event Frenchman Nambotin battled countryman Seb Guillaume during day four with the duo separated by close to seven seconds. Third went to days one and two winner Oriol Mena. At the head of the overall E3 class results Seb Guillaume is placed eighteen seconds ahead of Mena with Nambotin third, thirty-one seconds behind the Spaniard. Results
2010 FIM ISDE REACHES MID-WAY STAGE
The 2010 FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) reached the mid-way stage, as the riders tackled day three of this epic ‘six day’ adventure. The new day brought with it a new route – one that contained nine special tests, which will also be utilised again on day four. Despite the new course the third day proved to be anything but easy with competitors' bodies, and bikes, starting to feel the strain. Heavy cloud cover for much of the day brought the lowest temperatures of the week thus far, however this did little to reduce the dust.
With the event’s fastest individual performer among their ranks France continued to set the pace at the top of the Trophy Team competition, with Johnny Aubert (KTM) leading the squad. With the third day bringing a new starting order, France’s three top riders – Aubert, Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) and Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna) – were the first competitors onto each of the day’s special tests. Helped by Rodrig Thain (TM) and Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) the French squad finished one-minute clear of second place Italy. Finland placed third with the USA fourth.
France remains at the top of the overall Trophy Team standings, now close to five-and-a-half minutes up on Italy. Finland sits third, close to nine minutes adrift of France.
Spain’s youngsters continue to lead the Junior Trophy category as their four-rider squad claimed their second day win. Placing a little over one-minute ahead of day three runners up Sweden, just eight seconds separated Sweden from third placed France. In the overall Junior Trophy standings Spain have extended their lead to close to three minutes over Sweden followed by France, Finland and the USA.
The third day of the ISDE proved to be a tough one for the women competitors. France was the only nation to get all three of their riders to the finish, and deservedly topped the class. The USA, who placed second, and Sweden, who placed third, both had two riders finish. Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas) delivered the fastest individual women’s performance, ahead of Blandine Dufrene (Gas Gas) and USA rider Amanda Mastin (Yamaha).
Antoine Meo ended day three as the fastest E1 class rider, finishing ahead of Finland’s Eero Remes (KTM) and Italy’s Alex Salvini (Husqvarna). Team USA rider Kurt Caselli (KTM) placed fourth, but was unable to keep pace with the leading trio. In the overall E1 standings Meo continues to lead with Remes thirteen seconds behind in second while Salvini sits third.
As the event’s overall fastest performer Johnny Aubert claimed a commanding win in the E2 class, finishing fifty-four seconds ahead of ISDE rookie Manuel Monni (Yamaha). Third went to Finland’s Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) with Poland’s Michal Szuster (Yamaha) claiming an impressive fourth place result. Johnny Aubert now sits more than three minutes clear in the overall E2 standings with Italy’s Monni and Thomas Oldrati (KTM) three minutes adrift, but separated by just ten seconds.
Oriol Mena (Husaberg) failed to top the E3 class for the first time during the 85th ISDE as France’s Seb Guillaume beat him to the top position. Nine seconds ahead of countryman Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) the E3 class saw an all two-stroke top three as Italy’s Simone Albergoni (KTM) placed third. Oriol Mena, E3 class winner during days one and two, placed fifteen seconds behind Guillaume and in fifth position. Seb Guillaume now leads the E3 class fifteen seconds ahead of Mena with Christophe Nambotin third. Results
France extend their advantage in Morelia
Day two of the 2010 FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) took place under slightly cooler skies, with occasional cloud cover offering the riders some relief from the otherwise blistering Mexican heat. But whilst the weather may have been kinder to the competitors it still proved to be a challenging day, both on the time controls and in the special tests. With the course showing the effects of having been ridden on day one, racing in Morelia was every bit as exciting as on the opening day.
For Trophy team leaders France it was an eventful day – one in which team riders came close to winning the E1, E2, and E3 classes. As it turned out Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) lead home the E1 class riders while Johnny Aubert (KTM) did exactly the same to top the E2 category. In the E3 class Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna) missed the top spot by a fraction of a second, but played an important role in ensuring France claimed a second consecutive Trophy team class win.
However it was not all good news for France as Nicolas Deparrois (Kawasaki) damaged a radiator early in the day and was forced to change the leaking part, losing ten minutes and eventually finishing forty-seventh in E2. The team’s final rider Rodrig Thain placed fifth in E2, despite getting stuck in one of the day’s nine special tests. France’s impressive performances saw them extend their lead to close to four-and-a-half minutes ahead of second placed Italy.
Second in the Trophy Team competition Italy finished just over two minutes behind France with Alex Salvini delivering the team’s best performance with second in the E1 class. Finland’s Trophy Team produced a solid day and hold third, some six minutes behind France. USA are placed fourth with Poland and Chile fifth and sixth. Poland’s most experienced competitor Bartosz Oblucki failed to finish the day.
In the Junior Trophy competition it was Sweden who claimed the day win, helped greatly by consistently fast riding from all of their four team members and a costly mistake on one of the special tests by Spanish rider Victor Guerrero, who got stuck in a muddy rut in much the same way as France Trophy team rider Rodrig Thain did. Finishing nine seconds ahead of Spain and reducing the Spaniards overall class lead, Henrik Lindholm (KTM) produced Sweden’s best performance.
Behind Sweden and Spain it was France who placed third. After two days of competition Spain’s youngsters remain out front, over one-and-a-half minutes up on Sweden. With all four of the team’s riders performing well their stand out rider was again Oriol Mena (Husaberg). Winner of the E3 class on day one, Mena claimed a second consecutive class win, managing to stay ahead of eventual E3 runner-up Seb Guillaume by the narrowest of margins.
As well as staying at the top of the Trophy Team results France also stay as the nation to beat in the Women’s Cup. Finishing five minutes ahead of Sweden at the end of the second day’s competition France are now placed ten minutes ahead of Sweden in the overall Women’s Cup classification. At the end of a day in which all but two countries saw at least one of their women riders fail to finish, France’s Blandine Dufrene was the fastest women racer.
When it comes to the individual capacity classes France’s Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) leads the way in E1 ahead of Finland’s Eero Remes (KTM) and Italian Alex Salvini (Husqvarna). In the E2 category France’s Johnny Aubert (KTM) has already amassed a sizeable near two-and-a-half minute advantage over Italians Manuel Monni (Yamaha) and Thomas Oldrati (KTM). Spain’s Oriol Mena (Husaberg) sits at the top of the E3 class, less than half a second ahead of France’s Seb Guillaume. Third is another Frenchman, Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas), while Mexico’s top performer Homero Diaz sits a highly creditable fifth. Results
The eighty-fifth edition of the FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) got underway beneath clear blue skies with the sun burning hot overhead in Morelia. As the clock turned to eight hundred hours exactly the first three riders left the starting ramp under the order of the state governor. From the hill top parc ferme, which boasts stunning panoramic views of the historic city of Morelia below, the riders headed off into the distance to start the first of six days of competition. Including nine special tests the opening day proved a challenging, and largely dry and dusty, one.
As expected it was France who topped the Trophy Team results at the end of the opening day’s competition. With their six-man team boasting E1 World champion Antoine Meo (Husqvarna), 2009 overall ISDE winner Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas), and 2009 Enduro 2 World champion (KTM) they placed two-and-a-half minutes ahead of second placed team Italy.
Johnny Aubert (KTM) led the team during the opening day as he dominated the proceedings in the Enduro 2 class. Finishing one-minute ahead of his nearest competitor Aubert showed that he is going to be a force to be reckoned with during the event. Three of the top four Enduro 2 class riders were French, with Rodrig Thain placing second and Nicolas Deparrois fourth – their combined results helping France start the event exactly as many expected them to. Antoine Meo finished as a close runner-up in the E1 class, with Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna) and Christophe Nambotin second and eighth respectively in E3.
Behind France it was Italy and Finland rounding out the top three. Team USA placed fourth ahead of Poland and Chile.
In the Junior Trophy Team category Spain took an early lead as they look to repeat their 2009 success. Helped massively by the performance of Oriol Mena (Husaberg) who was the fastest rider in the Enduro 3 class, the team finished close to two minutes ahead of Sweden. Another Spanish rider delivering a strong result was Victor Guerrero (Yamaha) in the Enduro 1 class.
Placing fifth and only twenty-seven seconds behind E1 winner Eero Remes, Victor was followed by countryman Mario Roman (KTM) who finished eleventh and as one of the highest placed two-stroke riders in the E1 class. The team’s fourth member, Lorenzo Santolino (KTM), ended the opening day in twelfth in the E2 category. In following the Spanish team home Sweden delivered a strong, and somewhat unexpectedly impressive, start to the event. Third was France with Finland fourth and USA fifth.
Opening up a commanding lead at the head of the Women’s Cup was France. Last years winners finished over four minutes ahead of Germany with Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas) producing the fastest individual women’s performance. Third went to Sweden with USA fourth. Results
As one of the 370 riders competing in this year's International Six Days Enduro Oriol Mena has his sights set on success
If there’s one thing Husaberg’s Oriol Mena and his three Spanish team mates are focused on it’s retaining their title as Junior Trophy team champions at this year’s International Six days Enduro, staged in Morelia, Mexico. Winners of the prestigious award last year in Portugal, the team that features Mena as one of the star performers starts this year’s event as the junior squad to beat. And with conditions likely to suit the four experienced riders few are betting against Sp ain claiming a consecutive Junior Trophy team class win.
As ’09 Enduro Junior World Champion, and with a year’s experience in the competitive Enduro 3 World Championship, Oriol is the team’s most experienced rider. But competing alongside him is ’10 EJ World Champion Lorenzo Santolino and ’10 Youth Cup winner Mario Roman. Add to that trio the hard charging Victor Guerrero and it’s easy to see why the Spanish junior team is tipped for more success.
"We have the same team as last year, which is a very strong team," commented Oriol as he placed his bike in the parc ferme. "We only have one goal, which is to win. All of the team’s riders are very experienced and we feel like we are in a very strong position to win again. Of course anything can happen at the six days but we are all looking forward to the event.
“Mexico is the place where I won the Enduro Junior World Championship last year, so it’s a special place for me. The conditions are also similar to Spain – dry, dusty with many stones – so that is very good for the Spanish riders. I’ve walked all of the special test with the rest of the team and they look good so hopefully everything will go well. One thing that is unique here is that all bikes have less power because of the high altitude."
While Mena is the rider expected to lead Husaberg's assault on the 85th running of the event six other Husaberg riders are also hoping for noteworthy results. Competing for the Swedish Junior Trophy team is Calle Sjoo. With the team's container held up in customs Calle, like all Swedish riders, had a lot less time to prepare for the event that hoped, but is looking to end '10 with a strong result. Competing alongside Calle in the Swedish Junior Trophy Team will be Kalle Svensson, who makes his first race on a TE300.
Once again a member of the Finnish Trophy team Valtteri Salonen will be doing his best to ensure that the Finns put themselves in a position to challenge Trophy team favorites France. With no Swedish Trophy team in Mexico Joakim Ljunggren remains at home in Sweden where he's preparing for the upcoming Indoor Enduro World Championship.
Two Husaberg riders will represent the States in Mexico - Nathan Woods who races as a member of the Trophy team, and Nick Fahringer who's competing for the US Junior Trophy.
But the ISDE isn't only about the riders looking to secure trophies - it’s much more for the enduro world, almost like the Olympic Games for track and field. Once again amateur riders make up the majority of participants, most of them competing in club teams. For them the participation in the ISDE involves a lot of organisational and financial efforts.
In order to support these privateers, Husaberg established a rental bike and race service program to help minimise these efforts for Husaberg customers. The response was overwhelming and no less than 20 riders from six countries using this service in Morelia, which includes a fully equipped and prepared race bike as well as technical support and assistance and availability of spare parts throughout the whole race.
The 2010 International Six Days Enduro starts on Monday, November 1 and finishes on Saturday, November 7. The event will be based in the grounds of the Nuevo Morelia Shopping Mall, which is five kilometers from the city centre. The total length of the course will be approximately 1’300km. Days one and two will feature two laps of 120km with four time controls and four special tests each lap. Days three and four will feature two laps of 125km each day, again with four time controls and four special tests per lap.
The penultimate day will see competitors complete two laps with
four time controls and four special tests, with the sixth and final
day featuring just two time controls before riders reach the final
day motocross, which will take place at the Autodromo El Aguila.
Can anyone stop France winning the Trophy team competition at the 85th edition of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE)? That is the question most are asking as the countdown to the 2010 ISDE in Morelia, Michoacan, Mexico continues with the event just a few days away.
Dominating the ’09 running of the event held in Portugal the senior French team, which this year consists of newly crowned E1 – FIM Enduro World Champion Antoine Meo (Husqvarna), Johnny Aubert (KTM), Nicolas Deparrois (Kawasaki), Rodrig Thain (TM), Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna), and ’09 overall individual ISDE winner Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas), start as favourites.
Although France will be gunning for a hat-trick of victories, the ISDE can be an unpredictable race where consistency is a major player for a top result. Both Italy and Finland who line up as contenders to take the challenge to France have this trait in abundance. Italy's top players of Thomas Oldrati (KTM) and Simone Albergoni (KTM) both finished third in the E2 and E3 classes of the FIM Enduro World Championship (FWEC) this season, while Oldrati also grabbed a class win.
Finland is led by the experienced Juha Salminen (Husqvarna). Seven times a FIM Enduro World Champion and six times a winning member of the Finish ISDE squad, Salminen knows exactly what it takes to be in contention of victory by the end of the six days racing. Backing him will be Eero Remes (KTM) who must also be considered a contender for overall E1 honours having finished third in the FWEC E1 class, tied on points with Aubert.
If France start the race as favourites for the World Trophy class
then Spain must be contenders for the Junior Trophy class win.
Clinching victory in Portugal last year, the Spanish team start with
the winning combination of Oriol Mena (Husaberg), Lorenzo Santolino (KTM),
Victor Guerrero (Yamaha) and Mario Roman (KTM).
Out to stop them will be France, led by Jeremy Joly (Honda). Joly is coming off a strong finish to this season's FWEC Junior class that saw him fall short of taking Santolino's title. Having won the final day of the FWEC championship in France outright, his confidence entering Mexico will no doubt be at an all time high, encouraging his team mates to take the fight to their Spanish rivals.
Having easily topped the Women's Trophy class for the last two years, France yet again arrive in Mexico as favourites led by Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas) the current FIM Women's Enduro World Champion.
The 2010 International Six Days Enduro starts on Monday, November 1 and finishes on Saturday, November 7. The event will be based in the grounds of the Nuevo Morelia Shopping Mall, which is five kilometres from the city centre. The total length of the course will be approximately one thousand three hundred kilometres. Days one and two will feature two laps of over one hundred kilometres with four time controls and four special tests each lap.
Days three and four will feature two laps of one hundred and twenty five kilometres each day, again with four time controls and four special tests per lap. The penultimate day will see competitors complete two laps with four time controls and four special tests, with the sixth and final day featuring just two time controls before riders reach the final day motocross, which will take place at the Autodromo El Aguila.
Host city Morelia is situated in the north central part of the state of Michoacan in central Mexico, and is the capital city of the state. The Spanish took control of the city in 1520 with the original settlement named Valladolid in 1541. After the Mexican War of Independence the city was renamed Morelia. In 1991 the city was named a World Heritage Site due to its preserved colonial buildings.
The International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) is the very first and longest standing annual competition in the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme (FIM) racing calendar dating back to 1913. Originally called the International Six Day Trial (ISDT) the event is a team-based competition whereby competitors set aside their personal rivalries to compete as a nation. Though the format of the race has changed since its inception the ethos of the event still remains the same.
Designed to fully test man and machine against the elements, early editions of the event were tests of machine reliability and speed tests held on open roads. The motorcycles had to be manufactured in the national team’s own country – this rule would be cancelled after World War II. The initial running of the ISDT was held in Carlisle, England and was won by the Great Britain team of WB Gibb, WB Little and Ch R Collier.
Though the event saw a high rate of machine failure it proved itself to be a success and since then the FIM have held the event on an annual basis with its only hiatus during World War I and World War II. In 1924 a second category called the Vase Trophy was introduced as an additional class for national teams with riders using motorcycles from other countries.
The 1939 ISDT did take place in Salzburg, Germany amidst the ominous threat of war. Germany provisionally won the event but due to official declaration of war much confusion surrounded the results, which could not be approved on the spot and were definitely cancelled after the War.
In 1981 the word “Enduro” was officially adopted, and thus the event changed its name from the ISDT to become known as the ISDE. Four years later, the Vase Trophy was renamed Junior Trophy for riders under twenty-three years of age.
In the World Trophy story, Great Britain held the most victories with sixteen, just one ahead of Czechoslovakia with fifteen. British team’s last win was in 1953, while Czechoslovakia’s first win was in 1947, and the last one was in 1982. Italy comes in third with fourteen victories, but their last win was in 2007 (World Trophy) and 2008 (Junior). Beside Italy, current top teams are Finland, Sweden, France and Spain.
With the advancement of modern machinery, today's courses are solely “off road” and sees riders covering as much as one thousand five hundred kilometres during the event. The ISDE continues to be a true test of rider skill, speed and endurance along with requiring a competent level of mechanical knowledge to maintain their motorcycle for six continuous days of competition. Riders must solely maintain their motorcycles for the entire week with no mechanical assistance allowed.
The final day now culminates with a motocross race. It is one of the last remaining competitions whereby both professional and amateur competitors come together to compete shoulder to shoulder at the same time. Though Scandinavian countries have earned the most Trophy wins in recent times, awards are also presented on an individual basis in the order of gold, silver and bronze medals.
Gold is awarded to those who finish within ten percent of their class winner’s time, silver to those within forty percent and all remaining finishers (within the allotted time) receive bronze. British rider Paul Edmondson (right) holds the all time ISDE record of sixteen individual gold medals. In 2007 a Women's Trophy class also was introduced and won by the United States though France have remained the dominant force since.
The ISDE now attracts over five hundred riders from up to thirty-two countries each year cementing its reputation as the most prestigious and long established event in the racing calendar.