2014 ISDE Day 3 Results
Dry, hot, rugged terrain marked the most demanding day yet for the competitors in day three of the 89th FIM International Six Day Enduro under way in San Juan, Argentina.
Despite the formidable conditions, France held on to its lead in the FIM World Trophy classification. Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna) helped France to extend their advantage to 16:16.66 as he rode to his third consecutive individual day victory.
Coming off a very bad day two, the United States rallied and moved from fourth place past Spain and Australia to reclaim second place, where it had finished on day one, despite being down to five riders.
Australia, having had a strong day on day two had overtaken the United States to capture second overall on day two, but day three proved a disaster for the Aussies as they lost two more riders leaving just three remaining and fell to seventh place overall.
Spain held on to third place 17:30.21 off France’s pace but only 75 seconds behind the U.S., but the Spanish team also is down a rider at the end of day three with Lorenzo Santolino (Sherco) dropping out of the race.
Germany moved up a spot into fourth, but is 44:51.66 behind the leader, but with a formidable gap between itself and third place Spain and the going likely to get tougher still, a podium finish is a long shot.
Argentina in fifth place has an uphill fight to move up further with the retirement of Stefano Caimi on day three and 49:22.27 off the pace.
In the FIM Junior World Trophy category, Australia suffered as bad a day as the World Trophy team did, dropping to three out of the four team members with the retirement today of Thomas McCormack and tumbling from first place to fourth.
The United States team still intact, powered its way into first place in the Junior World Trophy category, with Sweden moving up to second place just 26.18 sec. back. France faded a bit on day three falling to third place, but only 1:43.12 behind the U.S.
Chile follows the fourth place Australian team, and is also down to three riders as is sixth place Germany.
Australia has opened up a commanding 82 minute lead over second-place Canada in the FIM Women’s World Trophy class. The United States team is in third place, well off the pace.
France’s Christophe Nambotin (KTM) managed to top the Enduro 1 class for the third time this week despite some crashes. France’s Marc Bourgeois (Yamaha) and Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco) placed second and third in Enduro 1.
Renet won the Enduro 2 category along with being fastest in the overall individual standings. Australia’s Joshua Strang (Yamaha) chased Renet home for second while USA’s Kailub Russell (KTM) completed the top three.
Australia’s Toby Price recorded his second victory in Enduro 3. USA’s Michael Brown (Husqvarna) placed second with Spain’s Ivan Cervantes (KTM) finishing third.
For those riders who had a tough day on day three, they can take small comfort knowing they must confront the same course on day four.