Competition Concludes At 92nd Edition Of ISDE In France
The 92nd edition of the International Six Days Enduro in Brive, France concluded today with the traditional motocross races, which were held on a makeshift track in the paddocks near the town of Brive. The US ISDE Teams finished off the event with strong showings in each of the final races.
In the E1 moto, Ryan Sipes squeezed through on the inside to secure the holeshot and led the race until eventual E1 class champion Josep Garcia passed Sipes when the Costal Racing Husqvarna rider bobbled at the midway point of the race allowing Garcia to take the lead. Garcia went on to win the race with Sipes in second, while former World Enduro E1 World Champion Eero Remes finished third. Layne Michael was an impressive fifth and Josh Toth was 13th.
In the E2 race, Kailub Russell flinched off the gate and got off to a bad start. However, the FMF KTM Factory Racing Team rider was able to make several passes within the first two turns and moved up into fifth heading into the opening lap. Russell later washed out the front end and lost a position, but was able to work his way back up and regain the spot. Russell was pushing Alex Salvini for third near the end of the race. At the end of five laps, Russell ended the race in fourth behind Nathan Watson, Christophe Charlier, and Salving.
In the E3 race, Taylor Robert also got off to a bad start, but was able to check up and slip to the inside and come out with a respectable seventh. After making several passes, Robert finally worked his way into second behind Jaume Betriu of Spain before the finish of the race.
In the Women’s race, Brandy Richards got off the line behind Laia Sanz but was able to pass the Spaniard on lap two and pulled away for the win. Australia’s Tayla Jones was third, with Team USA’s Becca Sheets finishing the race in fifth. Kacy Martinez fell early in the race, but was able to work her way up to eighth by the end of the moto.
In Team competition, the US Women’s Trophy Team, featuring Kacy Martinez, Becca Sheets and Brandy Richards, fared the best, finishing second to Australia in the final overall results. The US Junior Trophy Team came away with a respectable third place finish behind France and Italy.
Individually, Taylor Robert won the E3 division, while Sipes was second in the E1 class.
KR4 Arrive-n-Ride Husqvarna’s Grant Baylor gets the ironman award for finishing 13th in the E2 moto despite riding with a shoulder that he dislocated on Day Five.