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2019 FIM ISDE - Day 6

Photo Dario Agrati

United States won the 2019 FIM Six Days World Trophy ahead of Australia Italy, Spain and Finland. Danny McCanney was 3rd in the E3 class and Jed Etchells was 10th. The GB Women's team of Jane Daniels, Nieve Holmes and Rosie Rowett was 3rd. Alex Walton was 15th in the E1 class. 

The United States have claimed FIM World Trophy victory at the ninety-fourth edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) in Portimao, Portugal. In what is now their second win in the event, the United States led home RecoveR8 Team Australia in second with Italy – hosts for the 2020 FIM ISDE – securing third.

The FIM Junior World Trophy category marked a win for RecoveR8 Team Australia over the United States with Spain joining them on the podium in third. There was further reason for the United States to celebrate in this year’s FIM ISDE as their women’s team also rode to victory in the FIM Women’s World Trophy category.

The fourth edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy saw Italy triumph over Germany and France.

Proving themselves as the nation to beat in this year’s FIM ISDE, the United States won back the FIM World Trophy they last held in 2016. After edging out early pace setters RecoveR8 Team Australia during the midway stage in the race, they grew stronger as the week progressed.

Entering the traditional day six motocross race with a comfortable lead, Ryan Sipes – KTM, Kailub Russell – KTM, Taylor Robert – KTM and Baylor Steward – KTM barely put a foot wrong to clinch this year’s World crown.

“It’s an amazing feeling to win the FIM ISDE,” told Sipes. “It was an honour to be on the team when we first won it in Spain in 2016 and now to have this moment again is incredible. It’s been a real team effort this week. I think everyone came together to deliver this winning result. I can’t thank everyone involved for the support they’ve given us all – it’s not just us riders doing it, it’s the team manager, mechanics, volunteers and all those back home who’ve got us this far. We’ll celebrate tonight, that’s for sure.”

As defending champions, RecoveR8 Team Australia never gave up, claiming victory on day six. But with the deficit to their rivals too much to bridge, they ultimately had to settle for the runner-up result in this year’s title fight. Strong throughout the competition, Italy made no mistakes on the day to claim the third and final step of the FIM World Trophy podium.

Spain rode hard to collect fourth in this year’s race with Finland and France completing the top six.

RecoveR8 Team Australia made no mistakes on the sixth and final day of competition at the FIM ISDE to race their way onto the top step of the FIM Junior World Trophy podium. Despite holding a commanding lead over their rivals, the Australian trio of Michael Driscoll – Yamaha, Lyndon Snodgrass – Husqvarna and Fraser Higlett – Husqvarna still topped today’s motocross to cement themselves as this year’s Junior champions.

“As a team we came out strong this week,” said Lyndon Snodgrass. “We wanted a strong start to the week, and I feel like we did just that. It put us in a good position and earned us a big lead that we needed to then maintain. As leaders it gave us that extra confidence to keep setting the pace.”

“All told we were still nervous starting out this morning, but once the racing got going we settled into things. Crossing the finish line – knowing you put everything you had into six days of racing – as World champions is a very special feeling indeed.”

Offering the Australians their greatest challenge all week, the United States kept them honest right until the end. Securing second overall, they ended their week nine minutes and thirteen seconds behind the winners. Spain rode resiliently to third overall in the proceedings. Host nation Portugal impressed finishing out the week strongly for fourth overall, while Belgium rounded out the top five.

Creating their own piece of Enduro history, the trio of Rebecca Sheets – KTM, Brandy Richards – KTM and Tarah Gieger – Honda secured United States’ second FIM Women’s World Trophy win, their first since topping the inaugural running of the category in 2007. Bravely putting an end to Australia’s six-year win streak, the United States rightfully earned their place on the top step of the podium in Portimao.

“The nerves were really high coming into today, I think everyone was so relieved to cross the finish line as World champions,” commented Brandy Richards. “We’ve had a brilliant week and aside from some minor moments, we’ve been strong every day and I think that’s been the key this year.”

“The FIM ISDE is so tough – it wears you down, but you’ve just got to keep fighting. We did that and now finally the victory is ours. Also, with the boys winning the FIM World Trophy class too, it’s certainly put the United States on top!”

With a healthy margin over Great Britain in third, Germany put in a solid final day of riding to claim their place as runners-up in the category. In what has been a successful FIM ISDE debut, Great Britain took third overall and are sure to become title contender in future editions.

Sweden held off Spain to take fifth, while Portugal will be pleased with their efforts on home soil for sixth.

With the outright fastest time on the day, Spain’s Josep Garcia – KTM topped the Enduro 1 class for the sixth time. Consistently proving himself as the rider to beat each day, Garcia secured the overall category win. Behind him, Ryan Sipes held off top Junior Lyndon Snodgrass by thirty-eight seconds after more than four and a half hours of timed racing to claim second. Australia’s Luke Styke – Yamaha and Finland’s Eero Remes – Yamaha completed the top five.

Signing off on his 2019 FIM ISDE in style, Taylor Robert claimed the day six Enduro 2 win to ultimately claim the overall category victory. Ensuring another memorable result for the United States, Kailub Russell joined him on the podium in second. Italy’s Davide Guarneri – Honda rounded out the top three.

Fraser Higlett was the top Junior in fourth, with his fellow Australian compatriot Josh Green – Yamaha taking fifth.

In the final battle for Enduro Women honours, Brandy Richards secured the day six win over Germany’s Maria Franke – KTM. However, it was Franke who enjoyed the spoils of victory claiming the outright Enduro Women’s win in this year’s FIM ISDE.

Richards, helped by her final day’s success, took the runner-up spot, while Great Britain’s Jane Daniels – Husqvarna was third. Australian Jessica Gardiner – Yamaha and Spain’s Mireia Badia – Husqvarna were fourth and fifth respectively.

The final day of competition in the EVT class saw Italy’s Stefano Passeri – KTM come out on top. He was followed home by Australia’s Rick Madden – Husqvarna in second with Mario Rinaldi – KTM third.

The Club class went first, Tom Ellwood was 24th, Charlie Evans was 29th, Carl Jones 32nd, Norrie Frazer 38th, Cameron Young 57th, William Hughes 62nd, Robert Jones 68th, Roger Holland 71st, Andrew Bisset 72nd, James Jackman 91st, Elliot Davies 92nd,  Alun Jones 93rd, Ioan Jones 107th,  Ben Thomson 108th, Craig Norrey 114th,  Jack Lee 123th, James Burroughs 137th, Anthony Griffiths 141st , Mark Hillier Rees 146th, Harry Hilary Rees 157th, Gavin Jonhston 159th,, Comor Scott 176th,  Rudy Austin 178th, Gareth Jones , Nathan Cooke , Steve Vass, Ryan Borthwick , Robert Carey 221st, Robert Quayle 235th,  Alfie Coles , Bradley Mair 251st, Rhys George 259th,  Tristan Robinson 297th , Philip Jenkins ,  

Norrie Frazer was best British Club rider over the 6 days in 17th. Charlie Evans was 29th, Ben Thomson 70th, James Jackman 84th, Alfie Coles 115th, James Burroughs 146th, 

The Hafren DBC team of Charles Evans. Robert Jones and Ioan Jones finished 19th. St Georges team of James Jackman, William Hughes and Jack Lee was 22nd. The Scottish Borders team of Andrew Bisset, Ben Thomson and Ryan Borthwick was 23rd.    

The ninety-fifth edition of the FIM ISDE will take place in Rivanazzano Terme, Italy from 31 August 31 to 5 September 2020.

2019 FIM ISDE - Day 5 

United States grow stronger
Photo Dario Agrati

The United States have moved closer to winning this year’s FIM World Trophy category at the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) with victory on the penultimate day of competition. Also taking a firm grasp of the FIM Women’s World Trophy class, the United States lead with just one day remaining. RecoveR8 Team Australia shoot for gold in the FIM Junior World Trophy category as defending champions Italy drop out of podium contention.

In the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy competition, Italy’s Mario Rinaldi - KTM took his second consecutive day win.

There was a change of overall individual winner on day five, with Spain’s Josep Garcia - KTM finally putting a stop to the winning ways of Australian Daniel Sanders – Husqvarna. “I’m delighted to finally get an outright win in this FIM ISDE,” said Garcia. “I’ve been pushing hard all week, but Daniel always had the edge. Today things came good and I got it done. I gave my best in every test and only made one mistake, which helped a lot.”

“It was quite slippery this morning due to the rain and mud, but as the day progressed conditions improved a lot. It’s been a tough FIM ISDE so far - I think everyone will be happy to see the finish line tomorrow.”

The end of this year’s FIM ISDE may now be in sight, but the penultimate day of racing in Portimao pulled no punches for those battling to reach the finish line of the ninety-fourth edition of the FIM’s longest-running motorcycle race. A new course for day five - Crossing the Barocal - tested the spirits of the weary competitors with a multitude of gravel and rocky trails, mixed with early morning muddy special tests due to overnight rain.

For the third day running, the United States positioned themselves as the team to beat in Portugal. Although unable to split Garcia and Sanders at the head of the overall individual field, seeing three of their four riders place inside the top-six overall ensured another team win. In doing so it lifts them to a two minute and two second lead over their Australian rivals heading into the traditional motocross races on day six.

In the battle for the final step of the podium, Spain - thanks to the efforts of Garcia - beat Italy by over two minutes. However, with the Italians ahead of the Spaniards by four minutes and thirty seconds, they remain favourites to take the bronze medal tomorrow. Finland hold fifth overall, but now head France by two minutes thirty seconds.

Sitting eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds clear of their closest rivals the United States, RecoveR8 Team Australia look poised to win back the FIM Junior World Trophy title they last held in 2015.

“It’s been another good day for the team and we’re now within touching distance of winning the FIM Junior World Trophy,” told Australia’s Lyndon Snodgrass - KTM. “With the lead we’ve got it does help to ease the stress at this stage in the race, but you still have to remain focused on the job in hand. Although we’re nearly there, one problem is all it takes to lose out. Tomorrow the goal is to play safe and secure the title.”

United States were fastest today, but not by enough to properly trouble the Australian’s ahead of tomorrow’s motocross races. Spain, third quickest on day five, are comfortably set in third. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, they should deny host nation Portugal - in fourth - the chance to finish on the podium. Fifth overall, Belgium look to claim one of their best results in recent memory - if they can keep Chile at bay.

With the United States now comfortably out front in the FIM Women’s World Trophy classification, it is looking likely that two of the FIM ISDE’s coveted trophies will find a home in America this year. If the trio of Rebecca Sheets - KTM, Brandy Richards - KTM and Tarah Gieger - Honda deliver the goods, it will mark a debut class victory for the United States.

Germany look set to finish as runners-up in the category, with Great Britain also poised for a medal result with third. Sweden and Spain are fourth and fifth respectively, while Portugal round out the top-six.

As the outright individual winner on day five, Josep Garcia powered his way to a fifth consecutive Enduro 1 day victory in Portugal. Sweeping all seven special tests for the third time this week, the Spaniard looks all but assured of the overall class win thanks to a six minute and twenty-three second lead. With one day remaining, second placed Ryan Sipes - KTM from the United States has built his advantage over Australian Lyndon Snodgrass to thirty-five seconds. Holding third overall and twenty-nine seconds up on compatriot Luke Styke - Yamaha, Snodgrass is the best placed Junior rider.

The Enduro 2 class saw one of the day’s closest battles with the United States’ Kailub Russell - KTM narrowly beating teammate Taylor Robert - KTM by seven tenths of a second for the win. Robert, however, will sleep well tonight knowing he has got a one minute and twenty-two second lead over Russell for the category win. Italy’s Davide Guarneri - Honda remains third overall, with Australian’s Fraser Higlett - Husqvarna and Josh Green - Yamaha fourth and fifth respectively.

Daniel Sanders topped the Enduro 3 class for the fifth day in a row. The Husqvarna rider also made it his fourth clean sweep of special test wins. Placing second and third to Sanders, Great Britain’s Danny McCanney - TM and Steward Baylor - KTM strengthen their footing on the final Enduro 3 podium entering day six.

The Enduro Women’s category saw Brandy Richards - KTM fight back to take the day win over Germany’s Maria Franke - KTM, with Great Britain’s Jane Daniels - Husqvarna third. However, finishing just nine seconds behind Richards, Franke still controls the class lead. With Richards and Daniels second and third respectively, Australian Jessica Gardiner - Yamaha and Spain’s Mireia Badia - Husqvarna complete the top five.

Frazer Norrie was 17th in the Club class. Tom Ellwood was 35th, Charlie Evans was 37th, Andrew Bisset 45th, Roger Holland 47th, Carl Jones 60th, Robert Jones 65th, Ben Thomson 66th, William Hughes 76th, James Jackman 81st, Cameron Young 91st, Alun Jones 92nd, Harry Hilary Rees 95th, Craig Norrey 102nd, Alfie Coles 110th, Jack Lee 125th, Rudy Austin 126th, Mark Hillier Rees 136th, Ioan Jones 142nd,  Anthony Griffiths 159th, Ryan Borthwick 167th, James Burroughs 169th, Robert Carey 174th, Gareth Jones 179th, Elliot Davies 182nd, Gavin Jonhston 187th, Comor Scott 199th, Bradley Mair 217th, Nathan Cooke 228th, Philip Jenkins 237th, Rhys George 239th,  Tristan Robinson 257th, Robert Quayle 274th. Steve Vass retired, 

Hafren DBC was 19th, Scottish Borders EC 23rd, Dyfed DBC 27th, St Georges A Team 31st, 

The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy marked another overall victory for Italy’s Mario Rinaldi - KTM. Almost mirroring yesterday’s results, Italy took the top-four overall positions on the second day of EVT competition. Today, Giovanni Sala - KTM took second, with Maurizio Casartelli - Puch third and Stefano Passeri - KTM fourth. France’s Philippe Barthomeuf - Cardel rounded out the top five.

The ninety-fourth edition of the FIM ISDE concludes tomorrow with the traditional motocross race, now to be held at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve (KIA)

2019 FIM ISDE - Day 4 

Wet and windy

Day four of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) started with a spectacular display of flying gazebos as high winds swept across the Algarve. Josep Garcia set the fastest time on the first test. Robert Taylor was 2nd and Daniels was 3rd. Danny McCanney was 8th, Alex Snow 23rd, Dan Mundell 25th, Jed Etchells 47th and Alex Walton 54th. In the Women's class Maria Franke was the quickest ahead of Tayla Jones with Jane Daniels 3rd. Team GB's bad luck continued when Dan Mundell was forced to retire from top 20 with a hand injury and Alex Snow blew his head gasket between check 5 and 6. Daniel Sanders was 4 for 4. Josep Garcia was runner up and Taylor Robert was 3rd. Danny McCanney - the sole survivor of the GB Trophy team - was 4th, The British Women's team are currently 2nd.

The United States defend their FIM World Trophy lead on day four of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) in Portugal. Drama has struck six-time FIM Women’s World Trophy winner’s RecoverR8 Team Australia as they exit the competition, while their compatriots continue to head the FIM Junior World Trophy classification.

The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy took to the track with Italy’s Mario Rinaldi topping the eighty-one rider entry on the opening day of racing.

The twists and turns of the ninety-fourth FIM ISDE continued on what proved to be a wet, windy and at times blustery fourth day of competition in Portimao. The beaten trails of the technically demanding two hundred and sixty-six-kilometre-long Monchique Route pushed the five hundred plus entry from twenty-six nations to their limits.

Moving another step closer to securing their second FIM World Trophy victory, the United States edged out their closest rivals and defending champions RecoveR8 Team Australia for victory on day four. Despite the best efforts of Australian Daniel Sanders - Husqvarna who secured his fourth consecutive outright win, collectively the United States proved too strong. Taylor Robert - KTM, Steward Baylor - KTM and Kailub Russell - KTM all finished inside the top seven, extending their lead to one minute and twenty-seven seconds.

Behind the top two, Italy maintain their position of third overall with the third fastest time on the day. Extending their advantage over Spain in fourth, they now hold a sizeable seven-minute lead over the Spaniards. However, while both Italy and Spain are now down to three riders, Finland and France - in fifth and sixth respectively - have all riders intact and are ready to capitalise on any further errors from the teams ahead of them.

Host nation Portugal remain inside the top-ten with ninth. Team leader Diego Ventura - Yamaha is enjoying having the FIM ISDE on his home soil.

“It’s been an amazing week so far having the FIM ISDE here in Portugal,” tells Ventura. “I raced in the Junior team when it was in Portugal in 2009 and now here, we are in 2019 and I get to compete again for my country, this time on the World Trophy team.”

“It’s an incredible feeling to race an event like this in your home country. There is so much support and it really pushes you on. We still have some way to go, so hopefully we can improve more and finish higher up.”

RecoveR8 Team Australia put in a definitive charge on day four to cement their position at the head of the FIM Junior World Trophy category. Untouchable today, they claimed a commanding four-minute victory over Italy. That result moves them close to a nine-minute advantage over the United States, who sit in second position, with only two days of competition remaining.

Gaining time on the United States, Italy’s second place on day four closes the gap to two minutes and thirty seconds. Spain drop further behind the leading trio, sitting almost fourteen minutes behind Italy in fourth. Host nation Portugal delivered another consistent showing to move inside the top-five - capitalising on the exit of Great Britain.

Day four delivered a true shakeup in the FIM Women’s World Trophy class, which saw RecoveR8 Team Australia’s hopes of a coveted seventh consecutive victory come to an end. Following yesterday’s exit of Makenzie Tricker - KTM, today team leader Tayla Jones - Husqvarna crashed hard and was forced to withdraw. The outcome sees the United States move clear of closest challengers Great Britain by a sizeable thirteen minutes and eight seconds.

Great Britain - in what is their debut FIM ISDE - are on course to claim a memorable result. Sitting second overall, they head Germany in third by just over three minutes. Second fastest on day four, Germany will be motivated to bridge that gap to Great Britain and have two more days of racing to do so. Three minutes behind Germany in fourth, Spain are not out of the running for a podium result either, while Sweden complete the top-five.

Spain’s Josep Garcia - KTM produced another dominant display of riding in Enduro 1 to claim his fourth win of the week. Sweeping all seven special tests, he also ended his day as outright second fastest rider to Sanders. He tops the category by over five minutes from the United States’ Ryan Sipes - KTM, with Italy’s Andrea Verona - TM in third and leading Junior.

Taylor Robert was again quickest in Enduro 2. Robert continues to prove himself as the rider to beat and now moves further clear of fellow countryman Kailub Russell in second. Italy’s Davide Guarneri - Honda completes the top three, with Australian’s Fraser Higlett - Husqvarna and Josh Green - Yamaha fourth and fifth overall respectively.

As now expected, Daniel Sanders showed his rivals the way to go for the fourth day running. Untouchable, taking seven test wins from seven, he puts himself six minutes and twenty-five seconds clear of Great Britain’s Danny McCanney - TM. Delivering his best result of the week, Steward Baylor moves up to third overall — passing Italy’s Rudi Moroni - KTM — thanks to the third fastest time on the day.

The Enduro Women’s class witnessed some of the day’s biggest developments with the exit of Tayla Jones and Germany’s Maria Franke - KTM taking over the race lead from United States’ Brandy Richards - KTM. Franke was on flying form, topping five of the day’s seven tests to win over Jane Daniels, while overall leader Brandy Richards - KTM had a difficult day in third.

Franke now leads the classification by one minute and twenty-six seconds from Richards, with Daniels close behind in third. Jessica Gardiner - Yamaha is the sole remaining Australian in fourth with Spain’s Mireia Badia - Husqvarna fifth.

Day four of the FIM ISDE also saw the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy competition get underway in earnest. Led by Mario Rinaldi - KTM, Italy swept the top four positions. Rinaldi beat Maurizio Casartelli - Puch by thirteen seconds, with Giovanni Sala - KTM just six tenths behind in third. Stefano Passeri placed fourth and France’s Philippe Barthomeuf completed the top-five.

Day five, the penultimate day of the FIM ISDE, sees competitors tackle a new course. Crossing the Barocal, which takes place to the south west of the Algarve region and will be characterised by gravel and rocks and will feature two hundred and eighty-five kilometres of riding.

* Compiled using provisional results which remain subject to final approval of the Race Direction.

Frazer Norrie

St George's Will Hughes

Dan Mundell

Alex Snow

Alex Walton

Purple Helmets

Vintage Trophy underway

2019 FIM ISDE - Day 3 

United States lead at halfway point

Day three of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) saw a major shakeup of the leader board with the United States coming out on top in Portugal. As the ninety-fourth edition of the FIM ISDE reaches the halfway point in Portimao, the United States capitalised on a trip into the mountains, powering past RecoveR8 Team Australia in the FIM World Trophy class.

RecoveR8 team Australia still hold the lead in the FIM Junior World Trophy category, while the United States maintain their advantage in the FIM Women’s World Trophy competition.

With day three marking the halfway point in this year’s race, the five hundred competitors from twenty-six nations embarked on a new course known as the Monchique Route. Taking them deep into southern Portugal’s highest mountain range, added rain ensured demanding conditions and a testing day for all.

Josep Garcia set the fastest time on the first test at Marmelete, Robert Taylor was 2nd and Danny McCanney was 3rd. The current leader - Daniel Sanders - was 10th. Joe Wootton was 15th and Alex Snow, Junior Andrra Verona was 6th. Dan Mundell was 28th,  Jed Etchells 55th and Alex Walton 66th,

The route marking between Checks 2 and 3 was confusing and the times were extended by 15 minutes to avoid penalising the riders.

On Test 3 at Morgado Reguengo Dan Mundell was the 6th fastest lifting himself up to 12th on the day. Josep Garcia lost 40 seconds when he got tangled in some wire on the track. Joe Wootton was another victim. 

Dante Oliviera had built a 53 second lead over Ricky Russell in the Club class. Tom Ellwood was 11th, Fraser Norrie 12th, Carl Jones 26th, Charlie Evans 38th, Roger Holloand 46th. William Hughes 62nd, Robert Jones 66th, Andrew Bisset 69th, James Jackman 75th, Ben Thomson 76th,  

The United States Trophy team came strong on day three as they sought to find a weakness in RecoveR8 Team Australia. After three special tests, they were pressuring their Australian rivals with three riders making up the top-four overall positions. However, at the end of the seventh and final test Australian Daniel Sanders - Husqvarna had fought his way back to the top to win the day. But with strength in numbers, the United States’ Taylor Robert - KTM, Kailub Russell - KTM and Ryan Sipes - KTM all slotted inside the top-six to lead as a team by one-minute and twelve seconds.

“The weather has been a bit crazy – it wasn’t quite raining hard, but still made things slippery,” told Russell. “It’s been hard to hit the lines you want on the tests. But as a team we’ve come good today. We’ve come strong at the right time and with all of us having solid results it’s put us into the overall lead. We’ll sleep well tonight and fight again tomorrow.”

Behind the top two there was no change in third position with Italy holding strong. While they have extended their lead over Finland in fourth, they slip to seven minutes behind the USA. Previously sitting fourth, Great Britain’s hopes of a podium result ended on day three with Joe Wootton - Husqvarna exiting the race after dislocating his shoulder on the final test. Finland moved up to fourth with France fifth and Germany sixth. Host nation Portugal are now eighth, with seventh-placed Sweden in their sights.

While RecoveR8 Team Australia did not have the best day at the office in the FIM World Trophy category, it also was not the best day for their FIM Junior World Trophy teammates. Although still holding onto the provisional class lead, they lost nearly two minutes to the United States. Taking a confidence-boosting victory on day three, the United States will now look to close the one minute and twenty second deficit to their rivals.

France upped their pace in the difficult conditions to place second on the day, closing in on Italy who hold third overall. With eighteen seconds separating the duo, it is all to play for regards a place on the podium. Great Britain are fifth. Dan Mundell lost time on Test 5 and he finished 22nd. Alex Walton, was 45th.  Jed Etchells was hampered by a broken power valve but he finished 56th.while Spain are clear of Portugal in sixth.

The FIM Women’s World Trophy saw the leader-board change drastically behind leaders the United States. Closest rivals Germany endured a difficult day dropping from second to fifth in the standings.

RecoveR8 Team Australia took victory on day three by seven seconds over the United States, moving them up to second overall. However, losing team member Makenzie Tricker - KTM from the race means any further issues for the defending champions could prove disastrous. Great Britain keep a chasing Spain at bay, but now find themselves in medal contention with third. Sweden complete the top-six.

“I’ve been trying to tough out a finger injury for the last few days,” explained Australian Tayla Jones - Husqvarna. “I’m glad to be on the hard-packed special tests today. We’ve done well today in the results, but losing Makenzie makes things tricky. All is not lost yet, but we can’t afford any more problems from here on out.”

After a troubled opening test, Enduro 1 category leader Josep Garcia - KTM of Spain showed his class by charging back to secure his third victory of the week. The win sees him extend his lead to nearly three minutes over Ryan Sipes. Italian Junior Andrea Verona - TM continues to impress. Third on day three, he sits just ten seconds behind Sipes in the standings. Australian Luke Styke - Yamaha is fourth, with his Junior teammate Lyndon Snodgrass - KTM fifth.

Delivering a winning ride on day three, Taylor Robert controls the proceedings in the Enduro 2 class. Battling hard with teammate Russell, Robert holds a thirty-seven second cushion over his countryman. Italy’s Davide Guarneri - Honda remains third, while Australian Fraser Higlett - Husqvarna is top Junior in fourth, followed by the United States’ Junior Ben Kelley - KTM in fifth.

There was no change in the Enduro 3 class with Daniel Sanders securing his third consecutive win. Sanders topped the category by forty-eight seconds over Great Britain’s Danny McCanney - TM. Although over five minutes behind Sanders, McCanney holds second in class, building his advantage over Italy’s Rudi Moroni - KTM to one minute and twenty-seven seconds. With both the United States’ Steward Baylor - KTM and Great Britain’s Alex Snow - Gas Gas close behind Moroni in fourth and fifth respectively, there’s still a lot to be decided in the remaining days.

While collectively Germany had a day to forget in the FIM Women’s World Trophy class, team leader Maria Franke - KTM enjoyed a winning result in the Enduro Women’s classification. In what was a fierce battle with United States’ Brandy Richards - KTM and Tayla Jones, Franke took the win by just four seconds. That result helps her close the gap to overall leader Richards to seventeen seconds. Jones remains third overall, with Jane Daniels - Husqvarna of Great Britain in fourth. Nieve Holmes lost a minute on the going but held on to 13th and Rosie Rowett was 15th,

The top British Club Teams are 21st Hafren DBR Charlie Evans, Robert Jones and Ioan Jones, 24th St George James Jackman, WilliambHughes and Jack Lee. 26th Scottish Borders Andrew Bisset, Ben Thomson and Ryan Borthwick. 28th Dyfed DBC Alun Jones, Phil Jenkins and Carl Jones. 35th St George MCC Alfie Coles, James Burroughs and Rudy Austin.

The end of the day was a bit chaotic with officials stopping the club riders and escorting them back to start as the course had deteriorated. ,

Day four of the FIM ISDE will see competitors battle another loop of the two hundred and sixty six kilometre - long Monchique Route.

Jane Daniels

Daryl Bolter - British Team Manager

Joe Wootton caught in wire on the 3rd test

Check 1

2019 FIM ISDE - Day 2

RecoverR8 Team Australia and United States lead the way at FIM ISDE

RecoverR8 Team Australia increase their lead in this year’s FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) with a winning ride on day two in Portugal. Continuing to establish themselves as the nation to beat, both the Australian FIM World Trophy and FIM Junior World Trophy teams topped their respective categories.

In the FIM Women’s World Trophy class there was a change in the lead with the United States moving past Germany and to the top of the standings.

For the second day of competition the five hundred plus competitors from twenty-six nations retraced the course from the previous day. However, with roughening conditions, it was a battle of attrition for many.

At the head of the FIM World Trophy team it is RecoveR8 Team Australia, fronted by a hard charging Daniel Sanders - Husqvarna, who led the way. With Sanders winning all-but-one of the day’s seven special tests, they extend their advantage to fifty seconds over closest rivals United States.

Once again proving the closest challenger to the Australians, the United States worked hard to see all four of their riders finish inside the top-fifteen overall on day two. While the gap between the leading two nations remains relatively close, the two nations have pulled notably clear of the competition in Portimao.

Italy remain in third, but are now over five minutes off the lead. “Australia and United States are incredibly fast,” explains Italian team member Davide Guarneri - Honda. “They are setting the pace for sure. We are looking forward to what tomorrow will bring and will try to close the gap. But at the moment we need them to make a mistake, which hasn’t happened yet!”

Alex Snow

Great Britain end day two forty seconds behind Italy in fourth, but extend their advantage over fifth-placed Finland to one-minute and thirty seconds. Spain complete the top-six thanks to the strong efforts of Josep Garcia - KTM. Currently second outright to Sanders and leading the Enduro 1 category he is enjoying his FIM ISDE return.

“It’s been a really good start to the FIM ISDE,” tells Garcia. “I’ve finished second outright both days and have extended my lead in the Enduro 1 category.”

“Daniel has proved very fast during these two days and is looking strong - for sure he’s the rider to beat. But tomorrow we arrive to a new set of special tests that I feel will work better for me on the smaller bike, so I will fight to close the gap to him.”

Matching their FIM World Trophy teammates, RecoverR8 Team Australia extend their lead in the FIM Junior World Trophy classification with a winning result. Clearly enjoying the rough and sandy conditions, the Australians are now almost three and half minutes ahead of the United States in second.

Dan Mundell Rodeo style

Building speed and positions in this year’s FIM ISDE, defending champions Italy move up to third on day two. Spurred on by the performance of Andrea Verona - TM, they will look to bridge the two-minute gap to the United States on day three.

“It’s been a good day and I’m happy with sixth overall and top Junior,” says Verona. “Yesterday was a tricky opening day - the special tests were fast and we caught a lot of slower traffic.”

“Starting closer to the front allowed me to ride more comfortably and I could increase my speed. For sure we have some work to do to catch the leaders, but I feel like now the race is truly beginning and we will push from here out.”

Losing time on the leaders, France slip to fourth in classification and sit twenty-seven seconds behind Italy. Great Britain round out the top five, but will need to keep a watchful eye on Spain in sixth, who look to improve on favourable conditions for day three.

Alex Walton

Proving the team to beat on day two, United States surged to the top of the FIM Women’s World Trophy class. Truly finding their feet in the deep sandy ruts and holes, they now lead the proceedings by one-minute and eight seconds over Germany. After their winning ride on the opening day, Germany struggled to match the pace of the United States and defending champions RecoveR8 Team Australia. With the Australians racing to second on the day, they move within striking distance of overtaking Germany.

Great Britain remain in fourth with Jane Daniels - Husqvarna delivering the team’s best result of fourth. Spain hold fifth, while Sweden complete the top six.

In the Enduro 1 class, Garcia continued his winning ways of day one. Establishing himself as the rider to beat, the Spaniard won all seven special tests, extending his advantage to a commanding two minutes and twenty-five seconds. While Garcia remains comfortable out front, the battle for a place inside the top-four is tight. Australian Luke Styke - Yamaha in second holds a four-second lead over the United States’ Ryan Sipes - KTM, who in turn is just eight seconds clear of Andrea Verona in fourth.

United States teammates Taylor Robert - KTM and Kailub Russell - KTM lead the way in Enduro 2, with Robert topping the final three special tests to lead Russell by twenty-one seconds. Behind them, Guarneri gained ground, moving past Australian Fraser Higlett - Husqvarna for third. United States’ Ben Kelley - KTM rounds out the top-five.

As the leading rider in this year’s FIM ISDE, Daniel Sanders also heads the Enduro 3 category. Now over four minutes clear of Great Britain’s Danny McCanney - TM in second, he has got plenty of breathing room as they face a new course for day three. Growing in confidence and speed, McCanney jumps to second position, pushing the United States’ Steward Baylor - KTM back to third. Italy’s Rudi Moroni - KTM is now fourth, with Great Britain’s Alex Snow - Gas Gas slipping to fifth.

In the Enduro Women’s class the battle for victory was played out between United States Brandy Richards - KTM and Germany’s Maria Franke - KTM. Richards bettered her rival by seven seconds to extend her overall lead over Franke to twenty-two seconds. Behind the leading duo, Australian Tayla Jones - Husqvarna is third, with Jane Daniels twenty-nine seconds behind in fourth, while Jones’ teammate Jessica Gardiner - Yamaha completed the top six.

The FIM ISDE continues on day three with competitors facing a new course and set of special stages on the Monchique Challenge route with a total distance of two-hundred and sixty-six kilometres to be covered. The FIM Vintage Trophy also gets underway with an initial acceleration test.

Tom Ellwood

Danny and John McCanney

Alex Snow

James Jackman

Robert Jones

2019 FIM ISDE - Day 1

The 94th edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) got underway in Portimao on the 11th November under leaden skies and light rain. 

Defending Champions Australia were ready for the splash and dash with 4 riders in the top 10 on the first test at Budens  Daniel Sanders (HV) set the fastest time ahead of USA's Ryan Sipes (KTM) and Spain's Josep Garcia (KTM) in 3rd.

Brad Freeman (Beta) was the best Brit in 8th. Joe Wootton (HV) was 16th, Alex Snow (GasGas) 20th and Danny McCanney (TM) 37th. Juniors Jed Etchells (Sherco) was 35th. Dan Mundell (Sherco) 41st and Alex Walton (Yamaha) 72nd. In the Women's class only one second separated Nieve Holmes (GasGas) in 5th from Jane Daniels (HV) in 6th. Rosie Rowett (HV) was 17th. 

It was a surprise to see Antoine Meo in the Club class but no surprise to see him leading. Army rider Tom Ellwood (Kawasaki) was the best Brit in 22nd. Charlie Evans (Yam) was flying the Welsh Dragon in 37th ahead of Roger Holland (KTM) in 38th. Danny McCanney made up good time on the 5km Enduro test at Eolicas. Setting the 9th fastest time he improved 13 places to 24th. 

Disaster struck Team GB on the 3rd test when Brad Freeman crashed and retired with a suspected broken arm. With each team allowed to drop their highest score Team GB is still in the competition but there is no longer a margin for the remaining 3 riders to make a mistake;

At the end of the first lap Daniel Sanders led the field by 20 seconds from Josep Garcia. Alex Snow was 11th. Danny McCanney 16th, Joe Wootton 25th, Dan Mundell 26th, Jed Etchells 28th and Alex Walton 62nd. In the Women's class Nieve Holmes, Jane Daniels and Rosie Rowett were running in 4th out of 9 teams - AUS 23 DEU 25 USA 27 GBR 29

At the end of the day Daniel Sanders and Australia were on the top of the leader board ahead of USA. “I wanted to start strong,” told Sanders. “There’s a lot of big names here this year and I wanted to put myself up there right away. Honestly, I didn’t expect to lead by so much, but it means I’m in a good place and I will look to build on that while helping to grow our FIM World Trophy lead.” 

Mirroring the finishing order of the 2018 FIM ISDE, Italy slot into third, albeit already over two minutes behind the leading nations. Despite losing a rider early on, Great Britain battled hard on the opening day of racing. Hampered by starting at the rear of the category and the untimely exit of Freeman, they still placed fourth. With an improved starting position for day two, they will look to build on that. Joe Wootton was 13th, Alex Snow 19th and Danny McCanney 21st. 

Finland ended their day fifteen seconds behind Great Britain in fifth, while Spain - boosted by Garcia’s performance - complete the top six. Host nation Portugal lie tenth after the opening day of competition.

In the FIM Junior World Trophy category, RecoveR8 Team Australia enjoyed an impressively strong start to their FIM ISDE campaign. With two of their riders Fraser Higlett - Husqvarna and Lyndon Snodgrass - KTM placing inside the top-ten overall, they hold a healthy one-minute and fourteen second lead over United States.

Also performing strongly, United States will look to bridge that gap to their rivals on day two. France — spurred on by Theo Espinasse - Sherco claiming the outright quickest time on special test three — slot into third. A slow start to their week sees defending champions Italy sit four seconds behind France in fourth. Great Britain end day one in fifth, while Spain complete the top six. Dan Mundell was 25th, Jed Etchells 31st and Alex Walton 60th.

The opening day of racing in Portimao excitedly saw a major shakeup in the FIM Women’s World Trophy competition with Germany holding a slender advantage over United States, while defending champions RecoveR8 Team Australia were a surprise third.

Quick to make their presence felt in this year’s race, Germany have shown they will be a force to be reckoned with. Strong rides from Anne Borcher - Husqvarna and Maria Franke - KTM puts them five seconds ahead of closest rivals United States.

“I had a lot of fun out there and I think it showed in the results,” said United States’ Brandy Richards - KTM. “There were some mistakes on lap one, but I managed to iron those out for the second lap and get stronger. The times are tight for the race lead, with only five seconds between Germany and us. Hopefully we can come out on top tomorrow.”

One minute behind the leading duo in third, Australia will aim to regain some lost time on day two. Making their FIM ISDE debut, Great Britain have got off to a solid start in fourth, with Spain fifth. Sweden round out the top six on day one.

In the Enduro 1 category it is Josep Garcia who tops the standings on day one. Winning the final four special tests, Garcia holds a thirty-eight second lead over Ryan Sipes, who in turn holds an eighteen second advantage over Finland’s Eero Remes - Yamaha in third. French Junior Espinasse impresses with fourth. The Sherco mounted rider is two seconds behind Remes and less than one second up on Australia’s Luke Styke in fifth.

United States’ Taylor Robert - KTM is out to an early lead in the Enduro 2 class. However, with thirty-seven seconds separating the top six, the category is closely contested. Ending day one just six seconds behind his teammate, Kailub Russell - KTM will look to close that gap tomorrow. Consistently placing inside the top six, Higlett signs off on the opening day of competition in third, while Italy’s Davide Guarneri - Honda is fourth. United States’ Junior rider Ben Kelley - KTM is fifth with Recover8 Team Australia’s Josh Green - Yamaha three seconds adrift in sixth.

Claiming the overall lead on day one, Sanders powers his way to a commanding lead in the Enduro 3 category. With a clean sweep of all seven special tests, the Husqvarna rider is one-minute and forty-seven seconds clear of Italy’s Rudy Moroni (KTM) in second. Moroni however has less breathing room with a determined Steward Baylor - KTM of United States twelve seconds behind. On a charge, Great Britain’s Alex Snow - Gas Gas and Danny McCanney - TM are less than three seconds adrift of Baylor in fourth and fifth respectively. Germany’s Angus Heidecke - KTM completes the top six in Enduro 3.

The battle for top honours in the Enduro Women’s category sees Brandy Richards place fifteen second clear of Maria Franke in second. Australia’s Tayla Jones - Husqvarna is three seconds in front of Great Britain’s Jane Daniels - Husqvarna, while Australia’s Jessica Gardiner - Yamaha and Anne Borchers complete the top six.

In the Club class Tom Ellwood was 16th, Charlie Evans 30th, Andrew Bisset 42nd, Roger Holland 53rd, Ben Thomson 58th, William Hughes Harry 80th, Ricky Mair 82nd, Harry Hillier Rees 84th, Robert Jones 89th, James Jackman 90th, Cameron Young 94th and Alun Jones 96th.  

The FIM ISDE continues on day two with a repeat of day one’s three-hundred kilometre Menhir Route.

Portugal ready for 2019 FIM ISDE

The stage is set for the ninety-fourth edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) to take place at Portimao, Portugal – starting Monday 11 November. Australia enter the FIM’s longest-running motorcycle race as the defending champions in both the FIM World Trophy and FIM Women’s World Trophy categories, while Italy start as the team to beat in the FIM Junior World Trophy class.

Continuing to maintain its position as the most-prestigious race on the Enduro calendar, the FIM ISDE once again attracts both world-class competitors and enthusiastic amateur riders to the weeklong race. In total up over five hundred competitors from twenty-six nations will push their physical limits in the pursuit of national glory and personal pride.

Offering a fitting location for Enduro’s most-iconic and historic race, the picturesque Portimao and its surrounding Algarve region will determine the outcome of this year’s FIM ISDE. The modern, state-of-the-art facilities of the Autodromo International do Algarve will proudly act as the paddock headquarters for the weeklong race.

For the six days of racing, organisers have laid on three unique and distinct courses that will showcase the beauty and incredible Enduro trails the Algarve has to offer. In total, competitors will cover over fifteen hundred kilometres of riding during the event taking them from the world-renowned coastal resorts to the breathtaking mountain peaks of the Serra de Monchique range. From sand to loose gravel, forestry tracks, mountainous rock and loamy dirt, riders will be tested on all variations of terrain before signing off this year’s race in glorious, action-packed style at the Cortelha motocross circuit on day six.

Despite Steve Holcombe's last minute withdrawal due to injury the British Trophy Team consisting of Alex Snow, Danny McCanney, Brad Freenman and Joe Wootton is a strong contender for a podium finish as will the Junior Team of Dan Mundell, Alex Walton and Jed Etchells. Trail blazers Jane Daniels, Rosie Rowett and Nieve Holmes form the first GB Womens Team. There are also 13 Club teams.

Portugal will also mark the fourth edition of the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy. First introduced at the FIM ISDE in Spain back in 2016, the competition for Enduro bikes from yesteryear has enjoyed growing support with over one hundred and twenty riders from nine countries participating. The four-day race begins on Wednesday 13 November ...