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US Junior Trophy Team Leads After Day Two At ISDE In France

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Day Two of the ISDE in Brive, France was much more difficult than yesterday, due to deeply rutted trail and a much rougher, more silty course, but most of the US ISDE Team seemed to be up for the challenge. If you didn’t read about it yesterday, US World Trophy Team member Thad DuVall fell in the first test of the day on Day One and had to pull out of the race, basically disqualifying the US World Trophy Team, however, the riders are still able to compete for individual honors, and Ryan Sipes and Taylor Robert are in an intense battle for the top positions in the E1 and E3 divisions, respectfully, plus for the individual overall award.

Today, Sipes finished the event with the fastest overall time out of all the classes, which puts him in second place in the E1 division after two days behind Davide Guarneri and fourth overall for individual honors after two days. Meanwhile, Taylor Robert was once again second for the day in the E3 division and remains second overall in the E3 class. Robert is also second overall out of all classes.

“I’ve been riding a 250 at home, but practicing and racing are two different things, and I think the more I ride this thing the better I get on it,” said Sipes. “It’s mainly the braking points, you have to brake sooner on a 350 because it’s faster and harder to slow down, and I think I was breaking too soon yesterday, but today I got it figured out.”

After suffering a few crashes yesterday, Kailub Russell made a few suspension adjustments this morning and had a much better day, finishing today’s event in seventh overall, putting him in sixth overall in the E2 class.

The US Junior Trophy Team moved up from fourth place on Day One to first place after two days of competition. Grant Baylor told us that he crashed a couple of times, which held him back a little, but Josh Toth and Layne Michael both saw significant improvements over yesterday, moving the trio into the lead.

“I stayed pretty consistent all day, but I had a tip-over in the fourth test and I lost about 30 seconds because it took me a while to get my bike started and that made me mad, so I think I rode that much harder just because I was mad,” said Layne Michael.

“I felt I rode a lot better today, and comparing my times to Sipes and Taylor I think I did pretty good,” said Toth, before he had seen the final results. “There was a cross test where I would catch slower riders and they would kind of hold me up, but hopefully tomorrow I’ll move up a little and won’t have to deal with those guys.”

France sits second in the Junior Trophy Team division, just over two seconds behind the US riders, while Italy is third, 15 seconds down.

The US Women’s Trophy Team had a much better day today, and are in second place after two days of racing behind Team Australia. Brandy Richards was fastest of the three riders, and her time was third only to Australia’s Tayla Jones and Spain’s Laia Sanz.

“Today wasn’t too bad, but not quite as good as yesterday,” said Richards. “I had a couple of good get-offs, but I was able to salvage it and things weren’t too bad.”