Italy Still Leads…

Kit Palmer | November 2, 2000

The results are in following the third day of competition at the International Six Days Enduro in Granada, Spain, and Team Italy continues to lead the World Trophy division. The Italians hold a cautious 3:04.75 lead over the Spaniards, while the Swedes are just over four minutes behind the leaders in third. Australia is currently fourth, followed by France.

Team USA continues to hold its own in eighth place, 12 minutes back.

In the Junior World division, Spain is maintaining its lead over Italy (by nearly three minutes), followed by Sweden, the Czech Republic and Germany. The U.S. team is currently ranked 16th.

In the individual classes, Finland’s Juha Salminen (KTM) is leading the 125cc class, while Fred Hoess (Hus) is the USA’s top rider in 31st place.

In the 250cc Two-Stroke class, Finland’s Mika Ahola (TM) is holding on to a slim lead over Spain’s Xacob Agra (KTM) and Miki Arpa (Hus). AMA Grand National Cross Country Champion Shane Watts (KTM) is currently fourth in class, three spots better than AMA Hare Scrambles Champion Paul Edmondson (Kaw). Destry Abbott (Kaw) is 13th and right behind him is fellow American Russ Pearson (KTM) in 14th.

In the 250cc Four-Stroke class, Italy’s Matteo Rubin (KTM) is leading the way, followed by Australia’s Peter Martin (Yam).

Australian Stefan Merriman (Hus) leads the 400cc Four-Stroke class over France’s David Fretigue (Yam) and Italy’s Giovanni Sala (KTM). Brian Garrahan (KTM) is the top American in class in 12th place.

And in the 500cc class, Sweden’s Anders Eriksson (Hus) is currently in front, followed by Finland’s Kari Tiainen (KTM). The top American in class is Pat Garrahan (KTM) who is currently holding down 17th place.

Kit Palmer | Off-Road Editor

Kit Palmer started his career at Cycle News in 1984 and he’s been testing dirt and streetbikes every since – plus covering any event that uses some form of a knobby tire. He’s also our resident motorcycle mileage man with a commute of 120 miles a day.