ISDE 2014 – DAY FIVE
The United States continue to eat into France’s lead in the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in San Juan, Argentina by winning the penultimate day of racing.
Refusing to give up hope of winning the eighty-ninth edition of the ISDE, the United States won the FIM World Trophy class for the second day running. Now just over ten minutes behind leaders France, the USA still need a lot of luck to fall their way on day six’s final motocross to capture their debut ISDE crown. But with this year’s event continuing to prove anything but predictable this one is not over until the final chequered flag has been waved.
Although now out of contention to challenge for victory, Spain have cemented their position of third overall in the ISDE. Nine minutes clear of Germany in fourth, Spain will be hoping for a trouble free run on day six to take third. With Germany fourth, home nation Argentina look set to end the 2014 ISDE in their home country in fifth overall.
Answering the challenge put forward by France, the United States moved one day closer to winning the FIM Junior World Trophy category by placing as the fastest nation on day five. Extending their advantage over the French to just over one-minute and forty-five seconds, they look set to capture their first junior victory since 2006.
Unable to close the gap on the USA on day five, France will need everything to go their way on day six to successfully defend their crown. Not wanting to accept defeat, day one leaders Australia have moved back into podium contention and sit third. Sweden and Germany round out the top five.
There was no change in the FIM Women’s World Trophy competition as Australia topped the standings for the fifth day running. Now controlling an almost two-hour race lead over Canada and the United States, the trio of Jessica Gardiner – Sherco, Tayla Jones – KTM and Jemma Wilson – Yamaha are all but assured of winning this year’s ISDE.
In the Enduro 1 class France’s Christophe Nambotin – KTM recorded his fifth win. Seeing a change to results of the past four days, Spain’s Jaume Betriu – Husqvarna and Germany’s Edward Huebner – KTM finished second and third.
France’s Pierre-Alexandre Renet – Husqvarna won the Enduro 2 category for the fifth day in a row. Delivering another strong ride, the United States’ Kailub Russell – KTM took second with Australia’s Matthew Phillips – KTM third.
Putting his disappointment from day three firmly behind him, the United States’ Taylor Robert – KTM was fastest in the overall individual standings while claiming the Enduro 3 category win. Australia’s Toby Price – KTM finished behind him in second while Michael Brown – Husqvarna made it an USA one-three in third.
With just the final motocross on day six remaining, the end of one of the toughest ISDE’s in recent history is almost in sight for the competitors still left in the race.