2010 International Six Days Enduro
After battling through hundreds of miles of challenging tests and terrain, multiple motorcycle fixes, and the occasional crash, the 2010 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) was called off prematurely due to escalating violence in Morelia, Mexico.Ignacio Verneda (FIM Sports Director) says: “Throughout this entire event, we have made security our number one priority. With recent activities between area drug cartels and authorities, and an incident that occurred between (local organized crime groups) and police last night here in the city of Morelia, the FIM feels that it is best to cancel Day 6.”While no motorcycle riders associated with the ISDE was involved with the incidents taking place Morelia, everyone agreed it was in the motorcycle event and competitors’ best interests to cancel the final day of racing.Despite the ISDE being shortened by a day, the various USA teams put in some impressive results earning multiple podium finishes and gold medals. Gold medals were awarded to those participants finishing within ten percent of their class’ top competitor’s total elapsed time.The top finishing U.S. team in the ISDE was the Women’s World Trophy Team, made up of Nicole Bradford, Amanda Mastin and Kerrie Swartz. The trio finished second to France and took home a well-deserved gold medal. Bradford, a Moose Racing rider, was the top-finishing individual in fourth place.U.S. Junior Trophy Team riders, Taylor Robert, Ian Blyth, Nick Fahringer and Cory Buttrick, also earned a gold medal with their third overall finish behind Spain (2nd) and Sweden (1st).The Team USA World Trophy Team comprised of Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown, Destry Abbott, Timmy Weigand and Moose Racing’s own Nathan Woods and Jimmy Jarrett finished fourth in their ISDE division and will bring home some gold medals for their efforts.Also finishing fourth in their ISDE division and earning a gold medal was the three-rider U.S. Club Team of Fred Hoess, Andrew Delong and Wally Palmer, another Moose Racing competitor.The shortened event actually benefited Palmer and the team as a crash on the fourth day led to blood clotting in his right leg. Despite excruciating pain, Palmer battled through seven hours and 175 miles to reach the finish line on the fifth day. Upon completion of the stage Palmer was flown back to the U.S. to have surgery on his injured leg.Another U.S. Club Team who earned a gold medal in Mexico was the trio of Jeff Fredette, William Burns and Donald Williams. Fredette, who is a Moose Racing rider and 30-year ISDE veteran, added to his growing medal count with his 11th gold medal.Another Moose Racing-supported ISDE rider was Lars Valin who finished in 16th place in the individual classifications.Next year’s ISDE will be in Finland, and Moose Racing will be there representing. Be sure to stay tuned to MooseRacing.com for the latest race updates, gear and accessories.