60 Second Update: ISDE Day 4
With a new course, new special tests, and notably less dust than during the first three days of the event most riders got to the end of day four having enjoyed what the event organisers laid on. But where as days one, two, and three were anything but easy, day four had a fee challenging hill climbs, and not too much time for the rider’s to relax at the time controls.
In the World Trophy team competition France unsurprisingly topped the day. Pela Renet had a radiator issue, but managed to get through the day and get it sorted before putting his bike into the parc ferme. Now 11 minutes clear of Australia in second, the French, barring any disasters, are all but home and dry. Josh Strang was the fastest Australian, beating Daniel Milner by six seconds. USA stays third followed by Italy, Spain and Great Britain.
France again took the win in the Junior Trophy team class and is now just over three minutes ahead of Italy with two days to go. Not really a big enough advantage to say that they’re home n’ dry, but with two top class motocross riders among their squad if France do get to the end of day five in the lead they’re going to be seriously hard to beat. Great Britain hold third, three minutes behind Italy. USA, Australia, and Sweden round out the top six. Australia claimed another day win in the Women’s World Trophy class and is close to 11 minutes ahead of Sweden with France third.
Cristobal Guerrero claimed another Enduro 1 class day win to extend his lead at the top of the class to more than one minute. Early class leader Jeremy Joly holds the runner-up spot with Spain’s Lorenzo Santolino third.
Putting his disastrous start to the event behind him Italian Alex Salvini topped the Enduro 2 class on day four, finishing seven seconds ahead of Pela Renet. Australia’s Josh Strang ended the day third having two the sixth and final special test outright. Daniel Milner didn’t have the best of days and finished fourth. Antoine Meo placed just under one-minute ahead of countryman Mathias Bellino in the Enduro 3 class, with Aussie Chris Hollis third.
Meo now sits more than five-and-a-half minutes up on Bellino in the overall E3 results. With little separating Meo and Milner in the overall individual results at the end of day three, a good day from Meo and a not so great day from Milner on day four has resulted in Meo having now moved 43 seconds clear.
Today’s special test winners were Antoine Meo, Alex Salvini, Antoine Meo, Alex Salvini, Antoine Meo, and Josh Strang.