2012 International Six Days Enduro
At the end of the penultimate day of the 2012 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE), France are firm favorites to secure victory in the three premier classes. With day five bringing a new course, the French extended their lead in the FIM World Trophy category, FIM Junior World Trophy class and FIM Women’s World Trophy team competition.With just the final motocross race left to complete at the Sachsenring race circuit, France ended day five with a sizable thirty-five minute advantage in the FIM World Trophy team category. Australia also look certain of ending the competition in the runner-up position.Placing three minutes behind the French, they extended their advantage over nearest rivals Italy by four minutes and enter day six some ten minutes in front of the Italians. Enjoying a trouble free day, Italy, boosted by strong rides from both Husqvarna’s Alex Salvini and Enduro 3 class rider Manuel Monni – KTM, comfortably lead fourth placed Finland.With the top three nations almost assured of finishing the final day in the same positions they will start it, the battle for a top five result has tightened up between Finland, Spain, USA and Sweden.In the FIM Junior World Trophy classification France are poised to claim victory. Ending the day two minutes and forty-one seconds clear of their closest rivals Great Britain, the three-rider team took one step closer to successfully defending their FIM ISDE title. Great Britain ended day five as runner up to France and increased their lead over third placed USA. With just one day left, the British junior team look set to record their best finish in the FIM ISDE in recent years. USA holds a commanding advantage over Australia in fourth, while Portugal complete the top five.In the Women’s World Trophy team event, France ended the penultimate day of the FIM ISDE firmly cemented in first place. Leading host nation Germany by nearly one hour and fifty minutes, they are just twenty-four hours away from clinching the class win. Germany remain in second position at the end of day five, but need to ensure a mistake free final day if they wish to hold onto the runner up position. Australia delivered a strong performance on the penultimate day of the race and reduced the gap to Germany to less than nine minutes. Sweden and Finland complete the top five.Antoine Meo – KTM secured his fifth win in the Enduro 1 class and increased his lead to almost five minutes. Eero Remes – KTM remained second overall in the standings and leads third placed Rodrig Thain – Honda by over five minutes. In the Enduro 2 class, Husaberg’s Pela Renet claimed a crucial victory to move within six seconds of class leader Johnny Aubert – KTM. Alex Salvini – Husqvarna remained third overall in E2. KTM’s Christophe claimed another victory in the Enduro 3 category to increase his advantage to over eight minutes from Toby Price while Joakim Ljunggren – Husaberg is third overall in E3.