2016 USA ISDE Trophy Team Announced
The ISDE Trophy allows some of the top competitors to come out and represent their respective nations. With 30 countries sending riders to represent them best, this year the USA ISDE Trophy Team will include FMF KTM Factory Team riders Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert; KR4 Husqvarna Racing Team rider Thad DuVall; and last year’s ISDE overall winner Coastal Racing Husqvarna Team rider Ryan Sipes.
Kailub Russell will be participating in the E1 class aboard his KTM 250 XC-F while Taylor Robert and Ryan Spies will be racing in the E2 class, straddling 350cc machines. Thad DuVall will aim his efforts towards the E3 class aboard a TE 300.
Filling out the lineup for the Junior Trophy Team will be as follows: SRT KTM rider Steward Baylor, his brother, AmPro Yamaha Racing Team rider Grant Baylor and JCR Honda Racing Team rider Trevor Bollinger. Both Baylor brothers will compete in the E2 class, while Bollinger will compete in the E1 division.
This year, the organizers have tightened up on the rules for 2016. Previously, the Trophy teams allowed six riders in total and for the Junior Trophy Team, a four rider line up was allowed. This year, the Trophy teams will consist of four riders and the Junior Team will be made up of three.
“The new rule made selection much more difficult this season,” stated ISDE Team Manager Antti Kallonen. “It took a lot of time to select the riders for each team but we are confident in our decision and feel each of these riders will do a great job representing USA.
“I think this new rule change will make the competition closer. Our USA Trophy Team is solid. Ryan won the overall at ISDE last year and Kailub was on top of the ranks until an injury sidelined him. With Taylor racing the full Enduro World Championship Series this season, it should give him an added edge to be familiar with the format and bike set-up. Thad will be a strong competitor to complete our team as they fight for the first-ever overall win for the USA team.”
Speaking on the subject of team building, Kallonen stated, “Our three riders made up the 2014 winning team in Argentina, which makes our expectations high. Trevor has shown phenomenal speed this year at the GNCC’s and has emerged as the fastest XC2 Pro Lites rider. Steward and Grant Baylor both sit in a top position in the National Enduro Series and are very experienced with ISDE racing.”
In July, the Trophy and Junior teams will converge in Arizona for training, which we can only assume to be grueling at best, given the Arizonian weather during the summer. It will mark the third occasion where a training camp has been put in place, in order to prepare riders for the ISDE journey.
If you’d like to support the ISDE teams, they’ll be hosting the 3rd Annual ISDE golf tournament fundraiser, set to be held on Firday, June 24th in Snowshoe, W. Va. All proceeds will be going to the USA Trophy Team riders. If you’re in the area and can make a riding trip out of it, check it out on the KTM website.