What Really Happened: ISDE Edition – Day One Report – Team UNITED STATES off to a great start…

Story and Pictures by Shan Moore

Team USA got off to its best start in years on the 88th running of the International 6 Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italia, where the US World Trophy Group sits second overall after 1 day of action, and the US Jr Trophy Team sits third. The defending champions, Team France, prospects after the World Trophy standings after the opening day, with the U. S. World Trophy squad coming on strong at the end of the day to finish second in front of the Australians with one day of race in the books.

The current course was dry, fast plus dusty, but that didn’t cease some impressive individual efforts with the American teams.

Six-hundred-and-twenty-seven riders from thirty-six various nations took to today’s course, and at the end of the first five times of competition the riders who finish will have competed approximately 750 miles of special tests and exchange trail before wrapping up the event with all the traditional motocross test on Saturday.

Taylor Robert was top American in sixth overall. Photo By Shan Moore

Taylor Robert was top American in sixth overall. Photo By Shan Moore

Taylor Robert ended today’s competitors in sixth overall individually plus sixth in the E2 class, to help lead Team USA to 2nd overall in the team standings after the first day of racing. Before his race even got underway, Robert had to change his out rear shock during the morning 10-minute work period, replacing the share unit with his race shock because of the fact that TSA wouldn’t let him provide his factory suspension on the plane with him and when it didn’t arrive in time for impound, Robert was forced to impound his bicycle with the stock suspension. Robert was able to change out the forks at the first technical check of the day. Robert obtained faster as the day progressed and the tests got rougher, and he ended up winning the final test of the day, moving him up into sixth.

Zach Osborne was fourth in the E1 standings after Day One. Photo By Shan Moore

Zach Osborne was fourth in the E1 standings after Day One. Photo By Shan Moore

Zach Osborne turning an remarkable performance in his ISDE debut, finishing the day in 17th overall plus fourth in the E1 division. The AMSOIL/Factory Connection Honda ride furthermore was the fastest E1 rider in the fifth test. “I was a small nervous at the start but I got the hang of it pretty quickly, ” stated Osborne. “I was one of the first bikers out so there were no hole on the first lap, but at the second lap I was able to kind of see what was going on and I was able to really pick up the pace. ”

Mike Brown pushes his bike from the impound area to the start. Brownie was 11th individually at the end of Day One. Photo By Shan Moore

Mike Brown pushes his bike in the impound area to the start. Brownie was 11th individually at the end of Day One. Photo By Shan Moore

FMF/KTM’s Mike Brown had a steady day, finishing fifth-fastest in the opening test and then putting your signature on off with the eighth-fastest time in the next to last test.

Kailub Russell leads all Junior Trophy riders after the opening day of action. Photo By Shan Moore

Kailub Russell leads all Junior Trophy bikers after the opening day of actions. Photo By Shan Moore

Kailub Russell continues to be on a roll in GNCC competitors and he brought that momentum along with him to Italy, where he completed up his first-ever day associated with ISDE racing with the best individual score among all of the Junior bikers. After Day One, the FMF/KTM rider sits atop the Junior Trophy individual standings. Russell and his ALL OF US teammates, Jesse Groemm, Andrew DeLong and Grant Baylor was presently third in the Junior Trophy standings behind France and Italy.

Day One Informal Results
World Trophy Group

1 . France
2 . USA
3. Quotes
4. Italy
5. Spain
6. Great Britain
7. Sweden
8. Estonia
9. Argentina
ten. Austria

Jr Trophy
1 . France
2 . Italy
several. USA
4. Great Britain
5. Australia
6. England
7. Sweden
eight. Chile
9. Czech Republic
10. Poland


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