2014 ISDE Day 5 ResultsWith its second consecutive victory on Day 5 of FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy Class in San Juan, Argentina, the United States showed no let-up in its effort to overtake defending ISDE Champion France.
In the process, the U.S. team also cut into France’s lead cutting it to 10:22.42, down from the 12:47.85 deficit on day four and from the 16:16.66 gap from Day 3.If Team USA is to pull off an ISDE version of the “miracle on ice” it will have to be with exceptional performances in the final motocross event on Day 6. Team France remains intact with all six riders still in the saddle, but the United States has held on with only five riders with the retirement of Zach Osborne on day one.Spain hung on to its third place in the standings, but is one rider down with the retirement of Lorenzo Santolino on Day 3 and 54:04.05 from the leader.Spain’s podium position appears secure from challenge from fourth place Germany which is 1:03:19.88 off the pace and nearly ten minutes adrift of the Spanish team, though Germany still has all six riders. The host nation, Argentina is 5:50:29.88 back in fifth place.In the FIM Junior World Trophy category, the United States, with all four team riders still in contention, pulled away from second place defending champion France, which was 1:12 behind at the end of Day 4, but now trails by 1:45.If the U.S. team holds on to the top spot it will be its first Junior World Trophy title since 2006. Australia managed to overtake Sweden to get into third place, Sweden dropping to fourth and Germany in fifth.Australia continued its domination of the FIM Women’s World Trophy competition for the fifth consecutive day. Canada is in a distant second place, one rider down and nearly two hours behind. The United States is down by two riders and nearly 8 hours off the Australian pace.France’s Christophe Nambotin (KTM) continued to dominate Enduro 1, capturing his fifth win in a row. Spain’s Jaume Betriu (Husqvarna) and Germany’s Edward Huebner (KTM) finished second and third in the class.France’s Pierre-Alexandre Renet (Husqvarna) won the Enduro 2 category for the fifth day in a row. The United States’ Kailub Russell (KTM) took second with a strong performance and Australia’s Matthew Phillips – KTM finished third.The United States’ Taylor Robert (KTM) was fastest in the overall individual standings while claiming the Enduro 3 category win. Australia’s Toby Price (KTM) finished second while Michael Brown (Husqvarna) of the USA came in third.The final segment of this exceptionally tough edition of the ISDE is motocross on day six.
This week we ride two genre-departing motorcycles from the established American manufacturers. Jess McKinley gives us his thoughts on the all new Harley-Davidson Pan America Special, and Ron Lieback gives his on Indian’s latest version of the FTR 1200 S.