FRANCE STEAL PROVISIONAL LEAD ON DAY FIVE
Following the decision for provisional reinstatement of riders originally disqualified France delivered an impressive run on day five to move into the lead of the World Trophy team competition.
The decision was taken by the FIM’s International Disciplinary Court and brought Marc Bourgeois, Anthony Boissiere, Jeremy Joly, Taylor Robert, Lorenzo Santolino, Cristobal Guerrero, David Knight and Manuel Monni back into the race.
With conditions wet and slippery in and around Kosice following overnight rain, France delivered an impressive team performance and now hold an important two minute and four second lead over Australia. Unable to match the pace set by their French rivals Australia now drop back to second, but with everything still to play for. The battle for victory in the 90th edition of the ISDE will go right down to the wire.
Behind the two leading nations the fight for third overall also remains close with just one day left to settle the scores. Spain, who sit third, have a two-minute advantage over Italy, but still need to give maximum effort on the final day if they wish to repeat their podium result from 2014. With Italy fourth, Great Britain complete the top five.
Australia are now just one day away from securing victory in the FIM Junior World Trophy team competition. In what has been an outstanding performance, Broc Grabham, Tom Mason, Daniel Sanders and Tye Simmonds enter the final day of racing with a comfortable 13min and 42sec lead.
Remaining stationed in second, Sweden look set end their week as runners up to Australia. While the first two positions look all but confirmed, the fight for the final step of the podium is still alive. With a one minute and 25 second advantage over France, third placed Italy cannot afford to relax on day six.
At the end of five testing days of racing in Slovakia, Australia are all but assured victory in the FIM Women’s World Trophy team competition. With only the final day six motocross races remaining the trio of Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones and Jemma Wilson lead France by over 50 minutes with Sweden a further 21 minutes behind in third.
In the Enduro 1 class, the win on the penultimate day went to Finland’s Eero Remes. Placing just five seconds adrift, Great Britain’s Jamie McCanney maintains his lead in the category. France’s Antony Boissiere sits second, but with only seven seconds separating himself and Spain’s Cristobal Guerrero in third, nothing is yet decided.
Claiming his first day win of the week, France’s Loic Larrieu secured a dramatic victory over Australia’s Daniel Milner by two seconds in Enduro 2. Ending his day in third, USA’s Ryan Sipes starts the final motocross as favourite for the overall class win from Milner and Larrieu.
Italy’s Oscar Balletti recorded his first Enduro 3 win in this year’s ISDE with a narrow three-second margin of victory over Australia’s Daniel Sanders. Settling for second on day five, Sanders still holds the overall lead in Enduro 3 from Balletti with France’s Mathias Bellino third.
With just one short liaison section to ride ahead of the final day’s motocross races, the end of the Slovakian ISDE is now all but insight for the 400 plus weary competitors still left in the event.