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ISDE Finland: Americans Day 1 Report

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2011 International Six Days Enduro

As race day one comes to a close and the Americans make their way back to the impound some faired better than others today.

Rookie Trophy team member Colton Udall was the first out this morning with the 8:01am start time lined up next to multi World Enduro Champion Juha Salminen. The two exchanged conversation and posed for pictures with Colton giving two thumbs up before heading out to battle the course.

Nerves may have played on him this morning as it took several cranks before he managed to get his JCR Honda running with 15 seconds left on his minute. Unfortunately though for Colton he would lose his left foot peg after hitting a large rock during Special Test 4 and have to race the remainder of the day without it.

The 8:11am start brought to the line teammates Destry Abbott, Jimmy Jarrett and Russell Bobbitt together. The three racers exchanged casual conversation including some laughs directed at them from Co-captain Kurt Caselli, who would be out on the course one minute later in pursuit of them. Caselli laid down some impressive times at the Special Tests today and currently sits 1st in the E2 class and 3rd overall with his biggest contender being Eero Remes of Finland in the E1 class.

The Junior Team at days end sits in 7th this evening after Ian Blythe was pulled over for speeding. The local police here are very strict and he crashed hard on a transition when he tried to make up the 20 minute deficit. To add insult to misery, Ian bent his shifter in the crash and will try to continue throughout the week with a slow oil leak due to the crash. Cody Schaffer broke his chain and needed to replace the master link. Andrew Delong continues to be consistent and Cory Buttrick is the strong runner for the Junior team at day’s end.

The Womens Team is struggling also with Nicole Bradford is out due to an injury to her shoulder. Kerrie Swartz had several crashes today mainly due to the slippery conditions brought on by the persistent rain that started in the early morning hours and houred out but will be able to continue to race. Mandi Mastin struggled with bike issues but will be able to start tomorrow also in an effort to salvage a finish for the Women’s team.

The Club teams are hopeful that they will be able to survive day 2 as they repeat today’s grueling course again.

The above is from the official Facebook journal of ISDE TEAM USA

Ron Lieback
Ron Lieback
One of the few moto journalists based on the East Coast, Ron Lieback joined the motorcycle industry as a freelancer in 2007, and is currently Online Editor at Ultimate Motorcycling.

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