2011 Finland ISDE: Day 3 KTM Report

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International Six Days Enduro

Day Three of the ISDE Six Days Enduro saw KTM factory rider Eero Remes top the overall standings at the half way mark of the competition in the E1 class on the rain soaked piste of Southern Finland. KTM’s Kurt Caselli of Team USA also leads the E2 standings after Day Three.

When the going gets tough, the tough get going. Riders battled extreme conditions after continual rain had softened the course over past days. The slippery track demanded absolute concentration on the bike and creeks that should have been only a few centimeters deep were near to 50 cm.

The third day of the competition of this traditional annual offroad event saw Team Finland, led by Remes, continue to surge ahead in the national competition as riders made full use of the home track advantage. Spain and USA, reinforced with KTM riders, follow in second and third overall.

In the individual Day Three Results Remes placed second with Spanish rider Lorenzo Santolino, Antti Hellsten of Finland and Mario Roman of Spain the next best KTM riders in the World Trophy competition at five, six and seven respectively.

While Caselli continues to lead the overall E2 class on Day Three he settled for fifth place with Australian KTM rider Toby Price taking line honors on the long day’s ride. Meanwhile KTM factory rider Cristobal Guerrero of Spain continues to gather confidence on the slippery surface and is second overall behind Caselli. He was third across the line on Wednesday

Other E1 KTM riders that are making solid contributions to their team are Lorenzo Santolino and Mario Roman, both of Spain and Antti Hellsten of Finland who were ranked overall 4-5 and 6 after Day Three. Following Caselli and Guerrero in the E2 standings are Price of Australia in fifth and Jari Mattila of Finland in sixth place. Russell Bobbitt (USA), Michel Szuster (Poland) and Cory Buttrick (USA) are ranked 7, 9 and 14 at the half way mark.

In contrast to the first two days, which comprised two long laps through the Finnish forests, on Wednesday competitors were out on one large lap of 300 km, which included three time checks and six special tests.

On Thursday and Friday they revert to the two-lap format with three time checks and three special tests per lap before winding up the race for the title on Saturday on the Karhula MX track for 40 km, two time checks and a final test.

2011 International Six Days Enduro: Finland Results, Day 3

E1 Day Three
1. Juha Salminen, Finland Husquarna
2. Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
3. Matti Seistola, Finland, Husqvarna
4. Carl Sjoo, Sweden, Honda
5. Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM
6. Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM
7. Mario Roman, Spain, KTM

E1 – Overall After Day Three
1. Eero Remes, Finland KTM
2. Juha Salminen, Finland, Husqvarna
3. Matti Seistola, Finland Husqvarna
4. Lorenzo Santolino, Spain, KTM
5. Mario Roman, Spain, KTM
6. Antti Hellsten, Finland, KTM

E2 Day Three
1. Toby Price, Australia, KTM
2. Matthew Phillips, Australia Yamaha
3. Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
4. Luis Correia, Portugal, Yamaha
5. Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM
6. Jonathan Manzi, Italy KTM
7. Jari Mattila Finland KTM
9. Russell Bobbitt, USA KTM
12. Cory Buttrick, USA, KTM

E2 Overall After Day Three
1. Kurt Caselli, USA, KTM
2. Cristobal Guerrero, Spain, KTM
3. Matthew Phillips, Australia, Yamaha
4. Luis Correia, Portugal, Yamaha
5. Toby Price, Australia, KTM
6. Jari Mattila, Finland, KTM
7. Russell Bobbitt, USA, KTM
9. Michel Szuster, Poland, KTM
14. Cory Buttrick, USA, KTM

E3 Day Three
1. Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg
2. Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
3. Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas
4. Valtteri Salonen, Finland, TM
5. Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM

E3 Overall After Day Three
1. Marko Tarkkala, Finland, Husaberg
2. Joakim Ljunggren, Sweden, Husaberg
3. Ivan Cervantes, Spain, Gas-Gas
4. Valtteri Salonen, Finland, TM
5. Jonas Karlsson, Sweden, KTM

World Trophy after Day Three
1. Finland
2. Spain
3. USA
4. Sweden
5. Portugal

Junior Trophy after Day Three
1. Sweden
2. France
3. Britain
4. USA
5. Australia