ISDE: Team USA Holding Strong In Second Place

Cycle News Staff | October 2, 2013
Andrew Delong rolls along during the 88th ISDE in Sardinia. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAN MOORE

Andrew Delong rolls along during the 88th ISDE in Sardinia. PHOTOGRAPHY BY SHAN MOORE

The official results are in following the third day of competition at the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, October 2, and the French World Trophy Team has extended its lead to eight minutes and 43 second over Team USA, which appeared to be holding down third before all of the points where tallied and the daily Jury Meeting was held later in the evening.

Team USA, however, is holding just a slim 18 advantage over the third-place team of Australia, the team it overtook today.

Australia, however, will have a tough time maintaining its current position after losing one of its top riders, Matt Phillips, with a blown motor. The team cannot afford anymore misfortune now that is has no more throw-away scores left and the team’s Gleann Kearney has been struggling a bit with his special-test times. So for now, the future is looking bright for the Stars and Stripes.

US Trophy riders Taylor Robert and Charlie Mullins both had top-10 finishes today.

Robert is also currently fifth overall in the individual results and fourth in class (E2).

Mike Brown continues to ride well. He is currently holding down fifth in the competitive E3 division, which is being led by the overall top rider, Antoine Meo of France.

France also leads the Junior World division by nearly two minutes over Italy and almost five minutes over Great Britain. Team USA is fourth but over four minutes behind the Brits.

Spain’s Cristobal Guerrero leads the way in the E1 division, while Australia’s Daniel Milner remains in front of the E2 division.

Milner is chasing Meo for overall honors, while Johnny Aubert is currently third, followed by Pela Renet (France) and Taylor Robert.

A team from the US is holding second place in the Club division. Team Wellard, made up of motocrosser Ryan Sipes, Jimmy Jarrett and Nick Fahringer, is nearly six minutes back of the leaders but is well clear of the third-place team.

The US Go Fasters Team – Ian Blythe, Alex Dorsey and Justin Sode – is currently fifth overall.