Finland Wins Another Day At The ISDE

| September 16, 2004

Day four of the International Six days Enduro in Kielce, Poland saw Finland’s trophy team claim their third day victory of the competition as the reigning ISDE Trophy team champions placed ahead of Italy and France, while their Junior Trophy team only managed to finish in second as they placed behind Spain, with home nation Poland claiming third.

The big news in the Enduro 1 category on day four was that class leader Simone Albergoni DNFed as mechanical problems forced the Honda Italy rider out of the competition. Elevating Bartosz Oblucki (Pictured below) to class leader after the fourth day of competition, the Polish rider also claimed the day win as Yamaha riders dominated the E1 results. With Oblucki winning, French rider Marc Germain and Polish youngster Michal Szuster claimed the runner-up and third place positions. Behind the three Yamaha riders Italian Roberto Bazzurri and Britain’s Paul Edmondson finished in fourth and fifth respectively. Bartosz now holds a 50 second lead at the top of the class.

Extending his lead in the Enduro 2 category, Australian UFO Corse Yamaha rider Stefan Merriman, finished just under four seconds ahead of Finn Juha Salminen (Pictured at top) after the pair battled for much of the day. Finishing comfortably ahead of third place finisher Arnau Vilanova from Spain, Merriman now holds a sizeable three-minute lead at the top of the class while Salminen holds 141st in class following his mechanical problems on day two. Placing in fourth and fifth positions in the E2 class were Finns Tomi Peltola and Petri Pohjamo.

At the top of the Enduro 3 class, British Trophy team rider David Knight did what he’s been threatening to do since the start of the competition, and claimed his first day win. Placing seven seconds ahead of Finn Samuli Aro, who has topped the class in each of the first three days, Knight now sits 37 seconds behind Aro in the overall E3 classification. Finishing as the third place rider in the E3 class on day four, was Spaniard Ivan Cervantes making it an all KTM podium.


By Jonty Edmunds