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Mixed Bag for US Team At 92nd Edition Of ISDE In France

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Day Three was sort of a mixed bag for the US ISDE effort at the 92nd edition of the ISDE in Brive, France. The US Junior Trophy Team finished Day Two in first place, but that went out the window when US Junior Trophy Team rider Josh Toth made a mental error in today’s second test and entered a check a few seconds early which resulted in a one-minute penalty, dropping the team from first to third. Grant Baylor had the best day out of the three Junior riders, finishing 12th in the E2 division for the day. Meanwhile, Layne Michael also rode well, although he had a crash in the third test.

The Women’s Team remains in second place, though they are now nearly six minutes behind Australia. Becca Sheets, Brandi Richards and Kacy Martinez have all been unbelievably consistent rides considering this is each of the girls first Six Days.

Individually, Taylor Robert remains second in E3, though he lost six minutes to Nambotin today. Meanwhile, Ryan Sipes dropped to fourth after a crash on an off-camber cost him about 20 seconds.

France still leads the World Trophy division by about five minutes over Australia.

Taylor Robert is still in the running for the overall and he sits second in the E3 division behind Christophe Nambotin, although he lost about six seconds to the Frenchman today. “I didn’t make any major mistakes but I probably should have pushed a little harder because I lost a considerable amount of time – about six seconds – to Nambotin,” said Robert. “I’m just bummed that the lead for the overall got bigger but I’ve got to just keep chipping away at that lead.”

Ryan Sipes continues to ride well, but a tip-over on a off-camber in the third test cost the Husqvarna rider about 20 seconds, which will be tough to make up. “I started on the first row again today and it was slippery being one of the first riders out,” said Sipes. “In the third test, they had some tough off-cambers and the grass was pretty slick and I went down and the way I went down on the camber it was tough to get going again so I lost a lot of time. So I’ve got to pick it up tomorrow.”

Kailub Russell is having a frustrating Six Days, though he finished 16th in the E2 class for the day and is sitting seventh overall in the class after three days. “I feel good, but it’s not good,” said Russell. “It’s been a pretty dismal Six Days for me so far.”

A mental error by Josh Toth cost the US Junior Team rider a one-minute penalty, dropping the US Junior squad down from first to third, however, the Yamaha rider (and the team) was upbeat and looking forward to getting back to action tomorrow.

“At one of the time checks, I was riding on Kailub’s minute and somebody said we were up, and basically I panicked and rode through a few seconds early,” said Toth. “I wasn’t really riding too well in the new tests, so tomorrow’s going to be a new day and new tests so hopefully we can recover.”

Layne Michael was 13th in today’s E1 division, and has been one of the most consistent of the US Junior Team riders.

Grant Baylor finished 12th in the E2 division today and sits 11th overall for the class after three days.

Josep Garcia jumps an obstacle in the fifth test. The young Spaniard continues to excel and finished today second in the E1 class behind Frenchman Jeremy Tarroux.

Becca Sheets has had an incredible Six Days, overcoming a couple of mechanical issues on the first day to keep going and help the team move into second.

Brandi Richards on the gas near the end of test five on Day Three.

Kacy Martinez had a good day and enjoyed getting onto new trail after two days on some pretty brutal trail. “Today was fun and there were two tests I really enjoyed,” said Martinez. “I definitely getting comfortable with the Six Days format.”