Motocrosser Zach Osborne has been name to this year’s U.S. World Trophy Team at the ISDE.
The AMA announced the 31-rider contingent that will represent the United States at the 88th International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, September 30-October 5. Many of the riders named comes as no surprise, such as ISDE veteran Kurt Caselli, but one of the real interesting selections to the U.S. World Trophy Team is motocrosser Zach Osborne, who competed in a few GNCC rounds earlier this year.
Caselli and Osborne will compete along side fellow Americans Mike Brown, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins and Taylor Robert.
"We are honored to once again contest the ISDE and chase the American dream of winning this prestigious event," said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. "We are excited about our entire team for 2013, not just the World Trophy Team but all the American riders. We fully expect to achieve our goal of a team world championship at the ISDE this September."
Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM's off-road racing teams in North American competition, will again manage the U.S. ISDE team.
"We made great progress last year with our ISDE program, and I'm happy to see that we have been able to build an even better team and program for this year," Kallonen said. "Our Trophy team is as good as it can be, and all team riders are already hard at work to make sure we are 100 percent prepared."
"It's fulfilling that our efforts have caught motocross riders' and teams' attention," he added. "There are a bunch of great off-road riders in the motocross world, and I'm glad to have Zach Osborne teaming up in the Trophy Team alongside our solid off-road riders."
Caselli, from Palmdale, Calif., will captain the World Trophy Team. He will race a KTM in Italy. Brown, from Bluff City, Tenn., and Mullins, from Hickory, N.C., will also be on KTMs. Osborne, from Abingdon, Va., and Duvall, from Williamstown, W.Va., will race Hondas. Robert, from Scottsdale, Ariz., will ride a Kawasaki.
"It's great to be on the AMA's World Trophy Team again for this years' ISDE in Sardinia," Caselli said. "We're bringing the best off-road riders that the United States has to offer with a great chance of winning the World Trophy."
Like ISDE veteran Brown, who won the 2001 125cc AMA National Motocross Championship before his career shifted to off-road racing, Osborne's roots are in motocross. However, the 23-year-old - a newcomer to the ISDE - has been branching into off-road recently and says he is ready for the competition at the ISDE.
"I'm very excited about this opportunity," Osborne said. "I know it will be a challenge for me, but I'm working hard to be prepared and do my best for the team. I have to give a big thanks to everyone involved in picking me, and also my team for supporting me and giving me a bike to race."
The World Trophy Team is one of three premier teams that represent the United States at the ISDE. The others are the Junior Trophy Team, which fields four riders younger than 23 years old, and the Women's Trophy Team, which fields three female riders. In addition, several club team members represent the United States at the event.
The U.S. Junior Trophy Team will include Grant Baylor from Belton, S.C.; Steward Baylor from Belton, S.C.; Andrew DeLong from Morgantown, Pa.; and Jesse Groemm from Forked River, N.J. Grant and Steward Baylor are brothers, and both will ride KTMs. DeLong will ride a Husqvarna, and Groemm will compete on a Yamaha. The U.S. Women's Cup Team will include Rachel Gutish from Terre Haute, Ind.; Mandi Mastin from Whitehouse, Ohio; and Brooke Hodges from San Martin, Calif. All three Women's Cup Team riders will field KTMs in Italy.
The U.S. ISDE team has also designated a Senior Club Team of veterans from the club team members. This year, the Senior Club Team will include Team JAFMAR riders Scott Bright from Platteville, Colo.; Jeff Fredette from Beecher, Ill.; and Brian T. Storrie from Denton, Texas.
The Wellard Team will represent one of the strongest club teams this year. It will include national-caliber riders Nick Fahringer from Dayton, Ohio, on a Husaberg; Jimmy Jarrett from Salem, Ohio, on a Kawasaki; and Ryan Sipes, from Flaherty, Ky., on a Suzuki.
Other teams include team GoFasters.com (Johnny Barner, Ian Blythe and Alex Dorsey); AMA District 37 (Sam Buffa, Trevor Kline and Ryan Kudla); team Tony Agonis (Keith Curtis, Fred Hoess and Josh Knight); and Dewitt Powersports (Jeff O'Leary, Shawn O'Leary and Cory Pincock).
Riders at the ISDE compete in one of three displacement classes: the E1 class, which features 100cc to 125cc two-stroke and 175cc to 250cc four-stroke motorcycles; the E2 class, which features 175cc to 250cc two-stroke and 290cc to 450cc four-stroke motorcycles; and the E3 class, which features 290cc to 500cc two-stroke and 475cc to 650cc four-stroke motorcycles.
The AMA's ISDE effort would be impossible without the significant support of numerous companies. In addition to riders' individual manufacturer and product sponsors, direct team sponsors include Wellard, Arai, Worldwide Material Handling Products, Spectro, Motion Pro, Radiant Global Logistics and Moose Racing.