Team Suzuki 1-2 at New York ISDE Qualifier

Kit Palmer | June 23, 2003

Team FMF/Suzuki had a good weekend at the New York ISDE Two-Day Qualifier this weekend, as two of its three team riders finished 1-2. Steve Hatch and Rodney Smith stood on the top two steps of the podium following the wet and muddy ISDE Qualifier, held in Hancock, New York. Hatch, who grew up in Ithaca, New York, led after day one and he managed to keep the lead after day two to take the overall win. Smith, on the other hand, battled back on Sunday to pass Yamaha rider Barry Hawk to take second. Hawk held on to finish third overall.

Fourth overall went to Kawasaki Team Green’s Chuck Woodford, while Husqvarna’s Fred Hoess, the “Top American” at last year’s ISDE in the Czech Republic, rounded out the top five overall.

Sixth place went to Italian Jarno Borano who rode a Honda CR250R. Yamaha rider Jason Raines finished seventh, followed by Mike Lafferty and Team Suzuki’s third member Mike Kiedrowski.

Multi-time ISDE gold medalist Kevin Hines returned to action and finished 11th overall on a Yamaha YZ250.

This year’s International Six Days Enduro will be held in Brazil, November 3-8.

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.