The final day of the Six Days is a MX test. Scotland's Ricky Mair won his moto and crossed the line with a whip (below Charlie McKenzie). He posted the 2nd best time in the Club class and Lee Edmondson finished 13th fastest to move up to 7th overall and 4th in C1 - the best placed British rider. Ricky's fellow Scots were not far behind. Neil Chatham was 16th and Frazer Norrie was 33rd. Jon Hinam 34th (5th C3), Gethin Price 37th, James Jackman 49th, James Giddings 66th, Steve Hunt 82nd and Neil Hawker 102nd.
Out of the 63 Club teams that started the Welsh team of Lee Edmondson, Jon Hinam and Gethin Price finished 6th. There is no Welsh word for reliability, it would require an acknowledgement of the existence of unreliability which no Welshman could comprehend. The equal resolute Scots came home in 9th.
Of the 14 riders that started the Women's race only 7 completed the course. Finland's Marita Nyqvist was the winner. Sweden's Jessica Jonsson was the runner up and France's Blandine Dufrene was 3rd.
Despite his crash earlier in the week Danny McCanney never stopped trying and he set the fastest Final MX test in 19th. Jonny Walker crossed the line in 20th and finished the week the highest placed British rider in 26th. Alex Rockwell was 32nd - despite riding with 2 dislocated knuckles and a fracture. Tom Sagar 36th. Paul Edmondson in 37th collected his 17th ISDE Gold medal. An incredible record. Ash Wood was 51st. Si Wakely 55th and Danny McCanney 95th.
Eeros Remes led from start to finish. Fellow Finn's Juha Salminen and Marko Tarkkala completed the a magnificent home win. Spain was the runner up and USA was 3rd. France won the Juniors ahead of Sweden and Great Britain (above Sandra Rockwell} was 3rd.
Trevor Woods writes Well last and final day, we all woke up to Sun shine which was a great relief from the previous 3 days, today's route was only 40 KM of road and forest roads which brought us all to the final sand motocross course a slightly later start gave all the lads to have an extra 30mins in bed. Arriving at the final cross test there were at least a couple of thousand people all there to cheer all on.
All the service support crews had got there early to set up a "CAMP" for all to base ourselves at, table's full of food and drinks had been prepared for all of us to make a day of it, well done great effort from all, and what a day sun shine all day. The racing started with all the club teams out first at approx 10 o'clock leading up to the trophy riders at the end of the day around 5pm all the boys rode as if they had "Stole" the bikes from a local shop , the Purple helmets were out in force doing there "Parade lap as usual with the Triumphant Finnish Team doing a lap of honour at the end of the day. The Depleted Junior trophy Team of Mc'Canny, Rockwell, and Walker consolidated their Podium finish with both their rides in the E3 Final with Walker getting a great start and circulating in 4th place for a lot of the race dropping down a little, and Danny not holding back with his frail Gasser overhauled Walker to push in front of Johny to the finish. Alex Rockwell had a great start to his race only to fall and break his finger, he got back on the bike and fought back to a good finish great effort.
The Trophy Riders of Paul Ed, Tom Sager, Simon Wakley, and Ash Wood all had steady rides, Paul was first out and rode to like a Trojan to finish up with his 17th ISDE Gold medal what an achievement. Next up was Ash Wood he had a great start off the line 3rd into the first corner only to get filled in and dropped it, the bike jammed up with two other bikes finally getting them apart set off last and worked his way back up the field and riding as strong on the last lap as he did on the first, a fantastic determined effort Ash well done. So the final two riders of the Trophy team Messer's Sagar and Wakely both got off the line in their race and had a fair old scrap round Tom had a better start than Si ,but at the end Si managed to get passed Tom after 7 laps and approx 16 min race.
This brings us the the end of the 2011 ISDE So Well done to all Riders and a great big thanks to Team Manager Dusty for organising this years event, Dave May Millar for his diligent work in the Parc ferme and constant "Sorting of Shit", getting the bikes there etc, Team "Grub" Marnie, Alison Kay, Ailsa for the excellent food prepared at the end of each day, All the Support Crews Jack and Vera," Dirty DJ" Nev and Jude, who give up so much of their annual holiday time to support all our lads every year and make all the riders have peace of mind to know that when they arrive at a special test or a timed check point there will be someone there that cares for them and to offer some help if needed. All the Team from the ACU, Messer's Ted Bartlett ,and John Collins and all the un named unsung heroes family and friends that help make it all happen. We all attended the final awards Ceremony at the start in the evening attended by hundreds and hundreds of people there to witness our Junior Trophy Team receive their Bronze medal for 3rd place in the completion a great evening and a fitting end to the 2011 Finnish ISDE. Condolences to Special Greg, Jack Rowland's, and Jordan Rose for their various departures through the event. Also this week has been a great learning curve for all our younger members of the teams take all these experiences home with you and remember all you have learned this week the future ISDE team's will be in your hands. All of us are now looking forward to 2012 ISDE in Germany.
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FIM writes Bringing the 2011 edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) to a spectacular close the final day motocross races, held ten kilometres outside of Kotka, saw Finland claim victory in the World Trophy team competition, France top the Junior World Trophy team category and France also win the Womenís Cup class. With thousands of enduro fans enjoying an action packed day, the best weather of the six-day event helped ensure a memorable end to what was a challenging week for all competitors.
With all six of their team riders performing faultlessly during the final day motocross races Finland secured a dominant victory in the World Trophy team competition, finishing an eventual thirty minutes ahead of Spain. Never looking like doing anything other than winning the World Trophy class the home nation returned to the top of the results sheets for the first time since 2006, also ending Franceís three-year strangle hold on the category. With Spain claiming the runners-up position, the US were the third nation to stand on the end-of-event podium. Sweden claimed an eventual fourth place result with The Netherlands fifth and Germany - the host nation of the 2012 ISDE in sixth.
Starting the sixth and final day with a healthy advantage at the top of the Junior Trophy class Franceís four-rider team made no mistakes to claim an eventual hard fought thirteen minute winning advantage. Helped by strong final day performances by Mathias Bellino (Husaberg) and Roman Dumontier (Yamaha) France were followed home by Sweden and Great Britain. Team USA finished in an eventual fourth position ahead of Australia in fifth and Spain in sixth.
With a massive one-hour and twelve-minute winning margin France secured a deserved victory in the Womenís Cup competition, helped by a final day winning performance from team rider Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas). Leading since the start of the event the three French women claimed a fourth consecutive victory for the national team. Host nation Finland claimed the runners-up position with Australia third.
In the Enduro 1 class Finnish World Trophy team rider Eero Remes (KTM) maintained his dominance of the class, easily setting the fastest time in the E1 category during the final motocross race. Leading from start to finish Remes cruised to victory while countryman Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) topped the second E1 race. Runner-up to Remes in the main E1 race was Juha Salminen (Husqvarna), with Portugalís Paulo Felicia (Yamaha) third.
The fastest rider in the E1 class on all but one day of the eighty-sixth ISDE Remes claimed a near two-minute winning advantage in the final results. With four Finnish riders placing inside the overall top five, Remes was followed home by seven-times World Champion Juha Salminen. Third overall in E1 went to Spainís Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) with Finns Antti Hellsten (KTM) fourth and Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) fifth.
US World Trophy team rider Kurt Caselli (KTM) rounded off a fantastic week on day six by leading the main Enduro 2 class motocross race from start to finish. Initially pushed hard by Australian Toby Price (KTM), Caselli eased away from his rivals to claim a comfortable win. Portugalís Luis Correia (Yamaha) claimed the eventual runners-up spot on day six finishing ahead of Price, David Israel (Honda) from Chile, Franceís Mathias Bellino (Husaberg), Italyís Denny Philippaerts (Beta) and Finn Jari Mattila (KTM).
Dominating the Enduro 2 class throughout the six-day event Kurt Caselli (KTM) placed close to two-and-a-half minutes ahead of his nearest rival in the overall E2 classification. Portugalís Luis Correia, helped by his strong final day performance, claimed second, while Spainís Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) rounded out the podium places in third. Despite injuring his foot earlier in the week Toby Price secured fourth with fellow Australian Matthew Phillips (Yamaha) fifth.
Spainís Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) was the rider to beat in the Enduro 3 class on the sixth and final day as the World Trophy team rider quickly worked his way to the front of the main E3 motocross race before securing the win. Finn Valtteri Salonen (TM) lead the opening laps of the main E3 motocross race, eventually finishing five seconds behind Cervantes and just ahead of countryman Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg).
Taking a healthy three-minute Enduro 3 class advantage into the final day motocross race Marko Tarkkala did all he needed to do to secure the overall Enduro 3 class victory. Finishing just over three minutes ahead of his closest rival Ivan Cervantes having taken the lead of the E3 class on day one, Marko was joined on the podium by another Finn Ė Valtteri Salonen (TM) who claimed third. Fourth went to Britainís Jonny Walker (KTM) with Swedenís Jonas Karlsson (KTM) fifth.
The first and last tests of the day were cancelled. Jonny Walker was 15th on the 2nd test Rocky was 29th and Eddy was 31st. All the Brits are still running well. On test 3 Jonny was 17th and he moved up to 32nd overall. Rocky was 35th, Tom Saagr was 37th, Eddy 38th, Ash Wood 53rd, Si Wakely 55th and Danny McCanney was 99th.
On the 5th and final test Jonny Walker was 13th fastest rider.
At the end of the penultimate day the Finnish trio of Eeros Remes, Juha Salminen and Marko Tarkkala still lead. Jonny Walker is 30th, Rocky 34th, Tom Sagar 36th, Paul Edmondson 37th, Ash Wood 51st, Si Wakely 54th, Danny McCanney 97th. In the Clubman Lee Edmondson is 10th, Neil Chatham 16th, Jon Hinam 21st, Gethin Price 27th, Ricky Mair 37th, Steve Hunt 41st, James Jackman 42nd, James Giddings 52nd, Fraser Norrie 72nd and Neil Hawker 99th.
Trevor Wood's writes Day 5 arrived and the weather was a lot kinder than the previous days overcast but not raining when we left the hotel, the day was a bit of a procession as per day 4 follow the route round following Danny Mc to ensure he finished ok, as the team was still in 3rd place by some 10 mins so only a complete disaster would deprive the boys of a podium finish, with the new radiator fitted all good although the engine had suffered some a few rattles but better than expected so we went round from check to test, and test to check with Justin (TIDY) Wilson ,Justin has just learnt to speak Welsh ,in tow to offer any verbal assistance to Danny if required, but at the end of day 5 Danny finished So all Junior team members back in at the end of the day they still held 3rd place, Brilliant .Messrs Walker and Rockwell put some great test times in through the day to help consolidate 3rd place, and creep up the leader board in their individual classes. The depleted Trophy riders had yet another Steady 330km ride and all finished the day fine ,all the boys reported that the 4th,and 5th days whilst being the longest days were also very boring to ride with a lot of roadwork and forest roads.
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FIM writes With only the sixth and final day of the eighty-sixth FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) remaining Finlandís World Trophy team riders Eero Remes (KTM), Juha Salminen (Husqvarna), Matti Seistola (Husqvarna), Jari Mattila (KTM), Valtteri Salonen (TM) and Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) look certain to claim victory. Extending their lead over second placed Spain to a massive twenty-seven minutes, all team riders made it to the end of the fifth day without problems setting themselves up perfectly for their assault on the final day motocross races.
Enjoying the best weather of the event, day five was also one all riders were pleased to see the end as it signified the end of a long, hard week. With one of the dayís special tests cancelled due to it being too rough to use following the heavy rain on day four, there were no major surprises in the World Trophy, Junior Trophy or Womenís Cup classes.
All but assured the win in the World Trophy team competition Finland delivered yet another first class performance to keep themselves ahead of Spain. The US Trophy team remain in third, helped by another strong performance from Enduro 2 class riders Kurt Caselli (KTM) while Sweden, The Netherlands and Germany remain fourth, fifth and sixth respectively.
Moving to the top of the Junior World Trophy class at the end of the fourth day France extended their lead to end day five more than twelve minutes ahead of Sweden. Although down to three riders the Swedish youngsters delivered a spirited performance and remain ahead of Great Britain, the USA, Australia and Spain.
Continuing their dominance of the Womenís Cup Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas),
Blandine Dufrene (Gas Gas) and Juliette Berez (TM) ensured France remain ahead
of the rest and start the final day more than one-hour ahead of Finland with
Australia third and Sweden fourth.
Portugalís Luis Correia (Yamaha) was the dayís big winner in the Enduro 2 class as the Portuguese rider claimed his first class win of the event. Placing eleven seconds up on Kurt Caselli the two riders were chased hard by Australian Toby Price (KTM), who claimed third ahead of French junior Mathias Bellino (Husaberg).
Making it five day wins from five starts Finlandís Marko Tarkkala topped the Enduro 3 class, twenty-seven seconds ahead of Spainís Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas). With the day including just four special tests Marko topped them all. Behind Cervantes, Valtteri Salonen (TM) placed third with British junior rider Jonny Walker (KTM) fourth. In the progressive E3 results Tarkkala holds a three-minute advantage ahead of Cervantes and Valtteri Salonen.
Finland's Eeros Remes, Juha Salminen and Marko Tarkkala continue to lead the race. Day 4 and 5 will be run on a new course. "For this relief much thanks". With three tough days behind them, the young guns of the British junior team are proving they are still fired up with all the enthusiasm of their youth. On T1 Alex Rockwell was less than a second off a top twenty time. Jonny Walker and Danny McCanney weren't far behind in 29th and 33rd. In fact all 7 remaining Trophy/Juniors finished in the top 80.
At T2 Jonny was 31st, Rocky was 32nd and Danny was 40th - a place behind Tom Sagar and a place in front of Paul Edmondson. Simon Wakely had a better test in 55th. The Welsh team had a good start with Lee Edmondson 10th, Jon Hinam 12th and Gethin Price 22nd. Army riders Gareth Davies has crashed. He is OK but it has aggravated his existing left knee injury and he has been forced to retire.
All 7 Trophy/Junior riders safely negotiated the 3rd test and the Clubman were on a charge. Ricky Mair set the 8th fastest time, Lee Ed was 9th, Norrie Fraser 11th and Neil Chatham 14th. French rider and honourary Brit Arnaud Didey is currently circulating in 125th.
Jonny Walker got faster. On the 4th test he was 16th and on the 6th test he was 14th. He finished the day leading the Brits in 34th. One place ahead of Rocky in 35th. Ashley Wood was 2nd fastest Brit on his 6th test in 28th. Tom Sagar was 31st, Danny McCanney 41st, Eddy 44th, Rocky 48th, Simon Wakely 75th. The Welsh team had another cracking day but Ricky Mair had a bad final test.
In the evening the competition continued in the Jury meeting where there was long discussion on the time lost due to the intervention of the Police on the last check.
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FIM writes At the end of a challenging and eventful fourth day at the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) staged in Kotka, Finland it was the French Junior team that had most to celebrate, as their four-rider squad moved to the top of the Junior Trophy class. Demoting early class leaders Sweden into second position, France overturned a one-minute deficit and now lead by some seven minutes. With a new course, the longest of the event so far, continued heavy rain ensured yet another difficult day.
Despite the tough conditions Finland significantly extended their lead at the top of the World Trophy team competition and are now positioned more than twenty minutes ahead of second placed Spain. Helped once again by strong performances from all team riders, with just two days of competition remaining it now looks all but inevitable that Finland will claim yet another World Trophy class victory.
Remaining in the runners-up position Spain's senior team again produced an impressive performance to remain ahead of the USA who hold firm in third, with The Netherlands fourth and Germany fifth.
With France moving to the top of the World Junior Trophy team competition with just two days of the ISDE left Sweden, who held the top spot for the first three days of the event, find themselves down to three riders following the retirement of Johan Carlsson (Beta) with a mechanical problem. Great Britain hold third, eight minutes behind Sweden, with the USA fourth and Australia fifth.
In the Women's Cup France extended their lead at the top of the class, now sitting one-hour and twelve minutes ahead of Finland in second. Australia remains third, some three hours behind leaders France.
Beaten into second place in the Enduro 1 class on day three, Eero Remes (KTM) returned to the top in E1 to secure his third day win. Fourteen seconds ahead of countryman Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) Remes now leads the progressive E1 class results by a little over one-minute. Third on day four went to Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) who also sits third in the progressive E1 results behind Remes and Salminen.
US racer Kurt Caselli (KTM) continued his winning ways at the top of the Enduro 2 class despite being pushed extremely hard by Australian Matthew Phillips (Yamaha). Third went to Spain's Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) while in the progressive E2 results Caselli leads Phillips by fifty seconds with Guerrero third.
Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) was once again the rider to beat in the Enduro 3 class, claiming his fourth straight day win. With his closest class rival, Sweden's Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg), retiring from the competition after injuring his leg Tarkkala now sits close to three minutes ahead of Spain's Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas). Cervantes placed second to Tarkkala on day four with Finn Valtteri Salonen (TM) third.
There was a single 203km lap with six tests but the first test was not timed. Danny McCanney was the quickest Brit on T2 in 36th. Alex Rockwell was 37th, Tom Sagar 40th, Jonny Walker 41st, Simon Wakely 55th, Paul Edmondson 62nd, Jordan Rose 82nd, Ashley Wood 85th and Jack Rowland - in 132rd - was rider on the test with a massive time that must signal the end of his day. In the Clubman race James Giddings also picked up a lot of time penalties.
On the third test Alex Rockwell set the fastest time in 39th and moved up to become the highest placed Brit in 44th - one place above Tom Sagar in 45th. Jordan Rose also did well in 41st. Despite having a troubled season leading up to the ISDE, Jordan is proving himself to be a real asset to the team. Army Club rider Gareth Davies did not post a time at T3. Fraser Norrie dropped 20 minutes repairing his rear wheel.
At T4 Jonny Walker set the fastest Brit time in 27th. Danny was 42nd, Rocky 47th. Tom is fighting off the effects of yesterday's crash with a 52nd. Ashley 65th, Eddy 69th, Simon Wakely 77th but Jordan Rose's great run ended when his bike seized on the test. Jordan pushed out and effected a roadside repair to keep the bike going but he had houred out. In the Clubman race, Fraser Norrie put in a 7th while Lee Edmondson is consistency itself in eleventh. Alongside Fraser, fellow Scots Ricky Mair 22nd and Neil Chatham 16th overall are going well. With Lee fellow Welsh team member Jon Hinam is in 23rd with a good chance of an E3 podium finish and Gethin Price is not far behind in 37th.
The leader board continues to be dominated by the Finns as Remes and Saliminen resist the constant pressure of USA's Kurt Casselli and Marko Tarkkala pushes in 4th to oust Casselli for an all Finn podium.
Test 6 and the home crowd go wild as Marko Tarkkala sets the fastest time take 3rd. The blue and white flags of the spectators become an avalanche racing along the trackside. After 3 days Rocky was 41st, Tom Sagar 43rd, Jonny Walker 47th, Eddy 48th, Simon Wakely 60th, Ashley Wood 61st, and Danny McCanney 115th. With half the race over of the 350 starters less than 275 riders are still competing.
Trevor Wood's writes Third day arrived, and a new 230 km 4 special test single route met the riders ,shorter than the days before taking in 2 tests from the previous days ,however Test 1 had turned into quite a dangerous affair so the organisers turned it into part of the "Going" for safety reasons a wise move for all. The route then took them to the first timed test for the day "The Ski slope" we arrived the heaven's opened up and 15 min deluge of rain turn the test into a nightmare. Greg "special" Evans was there arm in a sling after his 3 Ĺ hr operation on his collar bone the day before the ever smiling Greg helped us all out with getting all the riders through and on their way. We then had a message that Jack Rowland's was having problems with his bike so we all hot footed around to meet him at a check point, but alas Jacks bike had seized solid so we were one of the Junior Team down now. The day progressed until more bad news,
Jordon Rose's bike had seized in a test and he had to push the bike about a mile round the course to finish the test, some major trackside repairs to replace a seized piston with "Leo's" guidance got Jack on the move again but he was about an hour down on his time by this point a valiant ride by Jack to try and get to the finish was made , but to no avail he finished a few mins over the Hour so was deemed out of the ISDE a tragic blow to the Trophy team, and all of us. All the rest of the squad made it to the finish with no time penalties, into the Parc Ferme for the usual evenings fettling of bikes, a mention here for Paul Ed who Blitzed front and rear tyres and a air filter and front drive sprocket all in the given 15 mins allowance the boy was on fire. All the riders today had put in a fantastic effort under adverse conditions well done to all. Lets see what to-morrow has in store for us.
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FIM reports With the opening two days of the eighty-sixth running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Kotka, Finland proving to be extremely challenging, for those that took to the start of day three all hopes were of an easier course. However, as all competitors soon found out the day that marked the mid-way point of the event was anything but easy. With bright sunshine beaming down on the leading riders as they left the start it wasn't long before the weather changed and numerous torrential downpours made the course extremely challenging.
At the head of the World Trophy team competition Finland once again ruled supreme, strengthening their advantage at the top of the category to a little over twelve minutes. With even Finland's experienced World Trophy team riders finding conditions tough, Spain's riders once again delivered impressive results to hold onto their runners-up position. Fourteen minutes behind Spain the USA also enjoyed a largely trouble free day to hold onto their third place position.
Just like Finland in the World Trophy team competition, Sweden in the Junior Trophy class hold on to their place at the top, but remain under constant pressure from France. With strong performances from Calle Sjoo (Honda), Johan Carlsson (Husaberg), and Karl Svensson (Husaberg) ensuring Sweden hold onto their lead, France sit one-minute behind. With little to separate the two nations on the third day of the ISDE, they sit comfortably ahead of Great Britain in third.
France remain on top in the Women's Cup with Ludivine Puy (Gas Gas) finishing day three as the fastest overall female competitor. More than one-hour ahead, France lead host nation Finland in second with Australia third.
Seven-time world champion Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) claimed his first day win in the Enduro 1 class, placing ten seconds up on countryman Eero Remes (KTM) while third went to Matti Seistola (Husqvarna). In the progressive E1 class results Remes continues to lead, some fifty-six seconds ahead of Salminen with Seistola in third.
Australian riders dominated the Enduro 2 class on day three of the ISDE with Toby Price (KTM) topping the class, despite injuring his foot on day one. Second went to six days first timer Matthew Phillips (Yamaha), who ended the day just five seconds behind Price with Cristobal Guerrero (KTM) third. In the progressive E2 class results USA rider Kurt Caselli (KTM) continues to lead, despite two costly falls during the final special test, with Guerrero second and Phillips third.
"It's been a tough day because of the weather," explained Caselli while exiting the parc ferme at the end of the day. "One minute the sun's shining and then the next it's raining like crazy. I was having a pretty good day right up until the final special test. One minute everything was fine, the next I'm on the ground with mud all over my gloves and asking myself what the hell happened. I lost a lot of time, but I'm still leading the Enduro 2 class so I'm happy about that."
Continuing his mastery of the Enduro 3 class Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) placed twenty seconds up on Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) with Spaniard Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) third. Now more than one-minute ahead in the progressive E3 class results Tarkkala is placed ahead of Ljunggren and Cervantes.
Photos Dario Agrati
After the drama of the first day comes the realisation that this is a six day event. With no improvement in the weather the riders worked hard at improving the places. The first test of the day went to form with Eero Remes and Juha Salminen holding their lead. Tom Sagar was 32nd. On T5 Jonny Walker was 30th quickest and on T6 Jordan Rose (28th) was the fastest. On the penultimate test of the day Jordan Rose again was the quickest Brit. Tom Sagar had a disaster (117th) but he returned to form on the last test. He finished 45th. Paul Edmondson was 48th, Rocky 49th, Jonny Walker 52nd, Jordan Rose 54th, Ashley Wood 62nd, Simon Wakely 64th, Jack Rowland 120th and Danny McCanney 122nd. With yesterday's penalties Danny McCanney has a hill to climb but he is going for the finish. The Clubman riders are all doing well with the except of St Georges' Tyson Maytom-Jones who retired after receiving a speeding penalty.
Finland still leads the Trophy race from Spain with the USA moving up into 3rd. A good day for the British team moved them up to 7th. In the juniors Finland leads from France and Great Britain are 3rd.
Trevor Wood writes The day started as usual at 7.00 am. Left the hotel having had breakfast. Quite a bright morning in the Parc Ferme. All were feeling the first days aches and pains after a 15km ride out to the first test, but soon loosened up on the going. All went through ok. As the riders have to do this first test twice in the day every day it has naturally got cut up quite badly already, It will end like a cobbled street by the end of the week. There is one section approx 2 km long that is just a boulder field .Then the heavens opened up on their way to the second Test and we were all now in heavy rain. This went on for quite a while and riding on the road was miserable and everyone was soaked right through arriving at a service check, Dusty had transparent rain coats for all the lads then its was onto the next tests and checks.
All the boys had to cover another 330km today, and the prospect of doing this in torrential rain wasn't very appealing, however the rain went away and the sun came out for most of the afternoon, I ended up staying at the Motocross test most of the afternoon and saw them all through on both of their visits. Some of the course was so badly cut up the organisers had changed a few of the deep mud sections so it was decided that a few of us would stay and do some "Line" pointing. Tom Sagar took a huge tumble here and hurt his leg ,not seriously thank goodness. Every one else went through all ok nice and steady but at a good Pace. Still a long way to go!!
Danny Mc arrived and set off only to break another footrest but finished the test ok, With the footrest repaired he charged on. All the Trophy and Junior teams finished the day on time and no casualties, so well done lads keep it up. Back at the Parc Ferme at the end of the day all the lads had their usual 15 min work period on the bikes most had changed Front and Rear Tyres, and an Air filter in the time, some will require the 10 mins in the morning!! Its great to observe from afar and watch them work like Computer driven machine's with all the tyre levers flying around, and tyre's being discarded and their helpers running after the rolling tyres across the paddock. Then to watch Jenny with her clip board is an education in itself with all their time allowances' on keeping a watchful eye of anything up to 6 to 8 riders, when they should leave and go and check in for the day she is so good at doing this job, but she has had some good training this will be her 40th ISDE looking after various teams a sterling effort Jenny. Evening ended with a heavy downfall of rain, tomorrow is a new course not so long only 230 km!! Good luck all. Regards Trevor PS more tomorrow.
FIM writes The second day of the eighty-sixth running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Kotka, Finland proved to be every bit as demanding as the first. With heavy rain during the early stages of the day, adding to an already badly cut up course and special tests, resulted in yet more big name retirements and another dominant performance from World Trophy team leaders Finland.
Using the exact same course as the opening day, competitors faced another brutal three hundred kilometres in the saddle. With the organisers left with no option, but to re-work several areas of the special tests, the hard day resulted in all riders pleased to see the finish.
At the top of the World Trophy team competition Finland extended their lead, making light work of the extremely difficult conditions. Now more than nine minutes ahead of second placed Spain, class topping results from Eero Remes (KTM) and Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) ensured that as far as the World Trophy team competition is concerned stopping Finland from winning is going to be anything but easy.
Behind Finland, Spain hold onto the runners-up spot. Although better known for their love of sun drenched southern European terrain, all of the team's riders performed well to keep them ahead of third placed USA. While Finland are running away with the World Trophy team competition, Sweden have a fight on their hands in the Junior Trophy category, despite holding a near one-minute advantage at the top of the class. With France snapping at their heals, the two countries look set to battle one another for the class win, as third placed Great Britain currently sits seven minutes behind France.
In the Women's Cup competition France notably extended their lead, which now stands at fifty-two minutes. Finland's women hold the runners-up position while Sweden sits third.
At the head of the Enduro 1 class it's an all-Finnish affair as Eero Remes, Juha Salminen (KTM) and Matti Seistola (Husqvarna) hold the top three positions. Just as he did on day one US rider Kurt Caselli (KTM) topped the Enduro 2 class placing just ten seconds ahead of Spaniard Cristobal Guerrero (KTM). Third went to Australian Matthew Phillips (Yamaha) while in the progressive E2 class results the trio hold the same top three positions.
Finishing twenty-three seconds ahead of his closest rival at the end of the second day's competition Marko Tarkkala secured his second E3 day win. Moving nearly a minute clear at the top of the progressive E3 results. Tarkkala is followed by Sweden's Joakim Ljunggren (Husaberg) and Spain's Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas).
"Things have been going very well, but it's been difficult," offered Tarkkala at the end of the day. "On the first day I was passing four or five riders on each test, but today I always had a clear track ahead of me, which made a big difference. The course and the special tests have been very difficult, but everything is going well for the Finnish World Trophy team. There's going to be a new course tomorrow, so I hope it's going to be a little easier."
Read Charlie McKenzies Scottish Team Report
The week of fine weather broke and the first riders off the start line at 8.00am were cooled by a light drizzle. Finland's Eero Remes rewarded the crowds at the first test with a home win ahead of fellow Finn Juha Salminen. Spaniard Mario Roman was 3rd. Tom Sagar was the best placed British rider in 20th. Paul Edmondson was 53rd, Danny McCanney 63rd, Jonny Walker 65th, Jordan Rose, 68th, Alex Rockwell 72nd, and Ash Wood 74th. Jack Rowland in 78th completed a good start for the Junior team. Simon Wakely was 80th but Sadly Greg Evans crashed on the first test and broke his collar bone.
By the halfway point at T4 Remes and Salminen had consolidated their lead and Matthew Phillips from Australia had moved up into 3rd. Tom Sagar had dropped back to 42nd and Fast Eddy had moved up to 50th. Rocky had also move up to 61st. After a steady opening test he was the fastest Brit in T2,T3 and T4. The rest of the Brits were still going well in the top half of the field.
In the Clubman class, Finland's Oskari Kantonen led from Swede Pontus Hogberg. Scot Ricky Mair led the British charge in 22nd and Welsh team member Lee Edmondson was 25th. Neil Chatham in 29th and Norrie Fraser in 38th put the Scot's team into a promising position. For the rest of the teams - Wales: Jon Hinam 34th, Gethin Price 93rd, Army: Steve Hunt 64th, Neil Hawker 87th. Robert Carey 114th St Georges: James Giddings, Tyson Maytom-Jones 56th, James Jackman 67th,
On T5 Tom Sagar consolidated his place in 40th. Rocky was once again the fastest Brit in 35th - lifting him to 54th overall - 3 places behind Paul Eddy in 51st. Jonny Walker was also progressing up the field in 56th. Danny McCanney lost time and incurred a 27 minute penalty when he skidded off a bridge.
At the end of the first day Finland lead the race for the Trophy followed by Spain and Australia. Great Britain is 9th. In the Juniors Sweden leads followed by France and - despite Danny McCanney's excursion - the GB Junior team is in 3rd. In the Club standings Scotland are 8th, Wales are 10th, St Georges are 13th and the Army are 20th 0out of 62 teams competing. Overnight the jury met and 5 riders were banned for speeding.
Eeros Remes said "It's been a great day for me and the Finnish Trophy team, but not good for the Junior Trophy team," commented E1 class winner Eero Remes. "Riding at the front of the entry was great on the first lap because the tests were all flat, I couldn't believe how rough and cut up the tests were on the second lap. They were much worse than I expected. You had to concentrate so hard all the way around each test because there were rocks, deep ruts and tree roots everywhere. Also, the time schedule was tight so if you had to do some work on your bike you had no time to eat anything. I rode relaxed, everything went well." Photos Dario Agrati
1st day snippets by Trevor Woods
The day Started at 6-30am with a brisk breakfast, and then down to the parc Ferme for a 8am start our first Trophy rider "Grandad " Paul Ed Started at 8 09am followed on 20 mins later by Si Wakley, Tom Sagar and Ash Wood all within a minute of each other. Greg Evans a few minutes later, and following up in the rear Jordan Rose.Within 40 mins all our Trophy squad had started. All arriving at the first Test around 20 mins from the start. Paul Ed was first in Si, Ash, and Tom arrived all together around 15 mins later.
They quickly passed their Bum Bags to us and got on with the job, All
completed the test ok and left. Greg turned up, had a quick drink, roared off
from the start we waited for him to come round and there was no sign of him.
We knew something had happened. Then we got a message that he had fallen so
Phil (Greg' s dad)
The Junior squad all got off to a good start with all completing the first lap ok, all the lads Alex R, Danny Mc, Johnny W, Jack R all putting in sterling performances even rivalling some of the trophy boys. Then disaster struck in the form of a slight mistake from Danny "SNORKEL" McCanney crossing a small wooded bridge ended up pirouetting on the bridge slid of and disappeared into water with not much more than his Handlebars showing, "Jacque Cousteau" came to the rescue from the depths and Danny finally dragged and pumped the Gasser out, and was on his way again, shaken but not stirred, then in the next test a broken footrest was the next on the list with this repaired he finished the day with a 26 min time penalty, well done to all for Finishing the first day .
On the second lap all the Tests got really cut up and more difficult to ride Time was tight on the going with most riders only have a couple of minutes at the checks and Tests. The 1st test that was visited twice got so bad some of it was feet down and paddle for it. All have had a tough first day and have to repeat it all again tomorrow, (Course will remain the Same) Report from Support crews, all went well out there everyone got fed and watered, Nev reported that there was a little confusion at his check regarding some 2 way traffic violations ,but all good in the end. Also an International incident nearly erupted when Nev and Jude tried to "force their way into the parc ferme up the wrong way, come on Nev pay attention!! "Team Grub" were all fired up getting the afternoon Pasta banquette ready for the boys when they all returned, they all come back starving, no time to eat during the day led to ravenous riders gorging themselves on plates of pasta and meat, portion after portion was consumed well done to all.
St George Club Team Deb Harvey reported Tyson-maton-Jones James Jackman
,and James Giddings, all finished on time
Read Charlie McKenzies' Day 1 report on the Scots team including Ricky Mair's classic quote "I went into the test like Cervantes and came out like Mary Poppins" Report
Sunday 7th Aug Sunday was a real chill out day late breakfast and a leisurely day so had a drive round to the special tests for the first and second days to find out where to go, most of the boys were having a relax and "Faffing" around with kit and goggles, some went off swimming and a few were having a walk at a couple of the tests, Alex "Rocky" was caught with two females out at one of the tests in the undergrowth walking some "Nature" trail actually it was his mum and girlfriend but spotted he was. More Coffee, Tea brought us all up to 5pm and Dusty and Dave had called a 5pm Final briefing for all the Riders and Support crew, Justin Wilson our Official Outrider gave the lads a good briefing of the course and the strict laws here regarding speed and lights, and to be aware of the huge moose in the forest. Well all is set now for all our Team to enjoy a great week, it will be a 6am start for breakfast and 7am down at the paddock Paul Ed is our first rider away at 8.09am and then ride the 330 KM 8 special tests course.
Sat 6th Aug Sat morning ,well it was nearly lunch time when most of the seniors arrived down from an early morn retreat from the night club based at the foot of the hotel, "Ladies" night seemed to go off without any serious casualties, a few thick heads from the night before, all the girls were all "Dressed to Kill" parading around town from bar to bar like adolescent teenagers finally ending up in the night club to shake their "BITS" - I think its called dancing!!, it was well supported from a lot of the competing countries so a great atmosphere and music .It was great to see Arron Pulman arrive to support all the lads, saddled with crutches he was a very able "Observer" in the disco. All the young Studs seemed to have great time and were well behaved ie: not to much alcohol ,Senior members of the squad were stationed in strategic places around the dance floor to watch over and "Protect" in case of an attack from the flanks, and there was a lot of "Enemy" around . So Sat pm , coffee afternoon was welcomed by one and all down at the Parc Ferme a lazy afternoon with a couple of briefings from Dusty and Dave May. The evening came round fast and it was time to scrub up for the Opening ceremony held at a magnificent location in Hamina about 20KM from Kotka, the venue was a huge tent the largest in Europe. A seated stadium welcomed 27 different competing countries wth around 350 riders in a "Snake" like parade to the tune's from the local orchestra and local performers a real spectacle. Bed time came round and we all retreated to the hotel after a long day.
The day started as usual with Dusty leading all the "Stallions" (Trophy Team) and all the "Foal's" (Junior Team) around some more jumps at a 730am start, some cantering some in a rising trot, but most walking in hand!! It is still very hot here and the sun is still shining, blue skies are the order of the day. Around the paddock the job of bike prep is still going on and on with lots of busy mechanics fettling, Bikes stickered up, Last minute bolt to bolt checks, It was quite a relief coming down to the Parc Ferme this morning knowing that this would be the last time we would have to get around 25 bikes out of the trucks. With all the bikes out we were able to have a good sort out and all the riders equipment into some sort of order. All the boys returned from there morning "Hack" and Instead of Hay and water the decision was made to hit Mc Donald's for Enduro Racer's "Standard" diet. Double big Mac chip meal, Mc Flurry and coke nice, and healthy!!! All returned fully fed and watered to get over to the office to sign on, no dramas signing on next in line was scrutineering all went through with flying colour's so a Photo shoot was in order so a couple of hours all the bikes were In and ready for the Start on Mon morning, all the boys were now a little bored, so a bit of light entertainment was prescribed messers McCanny, Walker, Wood, Evans, and Wakley decided they were going to build the new "Factory" line in Crash helmets so various designs were discussed and with the design settled on manufacturing commenced, cardboard, tape and lots of stickers held The Dr Who style helmet together, so with the finished product placed on the head of Johnny Walker well he didn't have much choice as he held down and it was taped to his head and goggles, cheered on by the rest of the team a few parade laps around the paddock were in order. Jovialities' over the more serious Team talk from Dusty and Dave May commenced. The final thing for the day was to tidy up the camp and Kitchen where all the girls have kept us all hydrated and fed, good on you girls. Tomorrow's report could contain some questionable news as it is "Ladies" night tonight so I will sign off for now and report in on a more social day tomorrow. Regards Trevor
Follow the Scot Team's progress with Charlie McKenzie's daily reports - Details
Destry Abbott gets through scutineering and walks the special tests - Video
Thursday 4th Aug 2011 Great day today, another 2 tests walked early this morning, followed by lunch in the Paddock thanks to Marnie and Ally, because it is so hot we spent the afternoon in the pa-ddock doing final checks on the bikes, all bikes are now ready for Tech inspection tomorrow, we walked one more test this evening and all the lads are happy and upbeat about the week ahead. Justin completed the pre ride and first impressions are good. I am getting really busy now so am handing over reports to Trev Wood he will keep you updated on our progress from here on, I will try and get an email out here and there or update facebook ACU British ISDE Team.
Wed Aug 3rd -
Trevor Wood writes
12 30 am came round to fast and they were all back hungry, like small school children wanting treats, so Marnie ,Alison and co. had prepped the days lunches. Some - no name mentioned - needed hand feeding with a spoon then it was time for them all to go to the practice track about 2km out of town to give the bikes a shake down. The first wave went off with Dusty all keen to get there and get on with the job. The second wave would follow on ,and the small amount of prep required turned into about 2hrs, needless to say it was chaos for a couple of hours trying to machine bits of F king orange plastic to fit the new model bikes of the SENIOR members of the Team, all good to go,
3.00pm saw us all at the practice track which reminded me of when I first rode my first bike - an NSU Quickly moped in1963, however it gave them all a chance to shake the bikes down and sort out a few jetting quirks and other minor adjustments. The first wave slid off a while after we had arrived and by 4pm the practice venue was being closed. The marshal tried to close it up with plastic tape but all that done was to "Extend!!!!!! the track by another 100m when they all rode round the outside of him, So a few more laps were had by one and all . While we were having all this Fun!!!! The out check crews have busy little bees finding the checks and prepping all their gear ready to support all the riders.
Team Report - Another good day, we walked two tests early this morning and as we had been told a bit like Natterjack but with some areas of large bolders, weather is really hot so the lads walked using the Kriega packs, we are told that is unusual to have it so hot this time of year in Finland, because it was so hot we decided to go back to the Paddock and test the bikes on the local test track, we had lunch thanks to Marnie and Ally and then did a few final things before heading off to the test track, it was not very long but rough and tight, Paul Edmondson commented that it was ideal for the type of testing we need after seeing the tests. All the lads had a good session and all bar Jordan where happy with thier set up and have now put Day 1s tyres on and once we have done a nut n bolt check will be ready for Techincal inspection Friday lunchtime, Jordon' bike has had the minor tuning it needed and 5 minutes on the test track tomorrow we are confident that it will be sorted. More test walking tomorrow, starting early again to avoid the heat if it is likely to hot again, which the forecast says it maybe, we have a total of 7 tests to walk and a believe we are ahead of schedule. The atmsophere in the paddock is great , all the Brits are getting on well with each other and having a good laugh and joke. Justins pre-ride bike has been inspected and ready for his first day pre-ride, we are just waiting for him to turn up later tonight, we will also be joined by Jenny, Ryan and Rudy, so we will have a full strenght parc ferme team then.
Tue Aug 2nd -
Trevor Wood writes
Team Report - The first of the riders have arrived at the team hotel, along with the Team Manager, our Delegate Ted, Leo, Julian and Pete Eddy, transport from the airport for some of the riders was provided by Nev and Jude, long standing members of our support crew, thanks to them. Leo has now gone back to the airport to pick up the remainder of the riders all due on various flights around 1130 tonight. Once in the hotel, we settled into our rooms, which are comfortable and clean, the hotel is a large one in the city centre, we have found out that we will be sharing it with our friends the Swedish team, which we are pleased about as they are always very sporting people who are always willing to help us out. Once settled we went down to dinner where we met up with some more of our long suffering support crew, Jack and Vera, and Ted and Daf, it was great to see them and chat before eating a nice but expensive meal, beers are 5.90 euros so Iím glad I got the Army lads to pick us some up on their way, of course we only use beer medicinally (support crews only) in order to get to sleep with all the things we have to do the following day whizzing around in your head! After dinner it was a walk down to where the paddock is going to be, it is a large area used for holding vehicles prior to loading on ferries, first impressions are that it will make a good paddock however there still seems to be a lot of work to be done, we managed to find an area marked out with GBR assuming that is going to be our area and how we think the paddock is likely to work it seems that we have a large enough area in a fairly good place. Only one funny thing that has happened up to now that I can only report second hand is some of the Army boys (who will remain nameless) drove one of our trucks on to a ferry bound for Norway! Apparently it was like a scene from Benny Hill trying to get them off! We look forward to seeing Steve Hunt, Neil Hawker and Gaz Davies for them to explain the true story. The riders will all be meeting at 10 tomorrow morning and we will start walking tests.
Team Report - All the riders have now arrived and we have had a day
in the Paddock, all unloaded and our area is set up and looking good, thanks
to all, it was a real team effort and i think we may be ahead of the schedule
that i expected us to be at. Tomorrow is an early start for the riders as we
head out to start walking the tests, some news about them is getting back to
us and they appear to be Natterjack type going, with a few rocks thrown in,
more news once we have walked them. The team are bonding well and we are
looking forward to spending the day together tomorrow.
Trevor Wood writes "We arrived yesterday from Travamunde in Northern Germany. I met Mick and Marnie of the MPS Racing team at the docks and we shared a 27 hour long ferry crossing. Fortunately we were blessed with calm seas and nice sunny weather. After the smooth uneventful journey, we arrived on time in Helsinki and from there it was only a 1 1/2 hrs drive to the Parc Ferme. I have set up camp about 6 kms from the start at a wonderful site by the sea. We went into town last night and met up with all the "welshies" that had arrived yesterday - Gethin Price, Lee Edmondson, The Hinams etc. Paul Ed and Tom Sagar arrived a little later and we had a couple of beers. Ash and the rest of the team arrived late last night so I will meet up with them at the start this morning around 11 am when Dave May Miller will arrive with the truck and bikes. So thats all for now I will report in later and try sending a couple of pics for you. Regards Trevor".
We are on our way
Just a quick update on whatís happening, all our team clothing, riding shirts and Kriega kit all arrived in Bordon, thanks to Eddie the Mullet for being my postie, and Tommy for doing the counting. All the bikes where delivered to Bordon on time yesterday and Dave May-Miller and the Army lads got everything loaded and even managed to start their epic road trip to Finland early! Arriving at Dover by 7 oíclock last night they checked in and were put straight on the 7.30 ferry a full four and half hours ahead of schedule ( no penalties for checking in early on a ferry!) they then drove through the night to arrive at an Army base in Fallingbostel Germany, in the early hours, the plan now is to get a few hours sleep, a shower and most important a supply of cheap booze and then set off to northern Germany where they will catch another ferry bound for Helsinki at around 3am tomorrow morning, the 30 hour ferry trip will have them arriving at Helsinki early Tuesday morning, hopefully arriving at the Paddock for around lunchtime. Meanwhile Mick Seward has set off in his truck on Friday and he will be around the Paddock area by Monday morning, hopefully sussing out where all the essential facilities are. The riders all have flights tomorrow, arriving from Manchester, Heathrow and Gatwick, all will be in the team hotel by the following morning ready to walk the first of the tests. Our support crews will all be in the team hotel by then and they will be out and about finding out the locations of the service areas, Ted our team co-ordinator and delegate will be ensuring everyone has their correct hotel rooms and be busy preparing for his first jury meeting. We will then be awaiting the arrival of Justin on Wednesday who will then commence the pre-ride Thursday morning, we will know a little more about the course, going etc shortly afterwards. The riders will continue to walk tests and prepare their bikes for our slot in the Administration and Technical inspections which will be Friday afternoon, once through that the bikes will be in parc ferme until the event starts on Mon 8th. Once the bikes are in the team will continue to walk the tests, until Saturday night when there will be an Olympic style opening ceremony where the teams all parade behind their national flags, normally in a stadium or through the local streets. Hopefully we will be able to have a rest day on the Sunday, allowing the riders to do any last minute preparation like preparing goggles and check boxes. The next report will be from Finland, where we can give more detail as to how we are progressing, for one line upto date info and pictures follow us on Facebook, ACU British ISDE Team.
One Week to go
It is now less than a week before the ACU British ISDE teams leave for Finland, the Trophy team of Paul Edmondson, Tom Sagar, Si Wakely, Jordon Rose, Greg Evans and Ash Wood and the Junior team of Alex Rockwell, Danny McCanney, Jonny Walker and Jack Rowland are all geared up and ready to go, all arrive in Helsinki on Monday 1st August before a 120km drive east to the event venue in Hamina/Kotka in anticipation of walking the first of the tests on Tuesday morning. Meanwhile the bikes will be en route, after loading our Rygor Commercial trucks at Bordon curiosity of Dave May Miller and the Army MCA team lads.
The team have been given their helmets sprayed in team colours by Lee at dzign, and the team shirts have arrived and are looking good, we expect delivery of our Kriega equipment by tomorrow. The loss of Arron Poolman from the team due to injury has opened the door for Dusty to now take a pre-rider/out rider and this job was keenly taken up by Justin Wilson who from previous form will certainly raise the teams morale! A more than able paddock support crew of Carl Bale, Julian Stevens and Leo will be on hand to help with any last minute prep problems and tech support throughout the event. Thanks to Ted Bartlett we have a hotel booked for the whole British contingent most will have arrived by next weekend, Ted will also be our Jury Delegate, we are hoping that all will run smoothly and we will not have to use him for too much. For those of you on facebook please follow our progress on ACU British ISDE Team page, or enduronews.com where we hope to post photos and general day to day updates of our progress.
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