Following is from the official FIM ISDE press release:
One of the stand out performances of the opening day was Finland’s runner-up result in the World Trophy class. With former Enduro World Championship regular Matti Seistola – KTM coming out of semi-retirement to compete for Finland, the Finns placed twenty-six seconds ahead of Australia in third. Spain placed fourth, despite their Enduro 1 class rider Josep Garcia – KTM enduring an eventful day with numerous crashes. Portugal ended the day in fifth ahead of Sweden, the United Kingdom, the Netherlands, the Czech Republic with Brazil rounding out the top ten.
Three World Trophy teams saw one of their riders’ fail to reach the finish of day one – USA, Chile and Japan.
Sweden got the defense of their FIM Junior World Trophy title off to the best possible start by topping the opening day – twenty-eight seconds ahead of Italy – helped by an impressive performance by Albin Elowson – Husqvarna. Italy showed that they are more than capable of claiming victory in the Junior World Trophy class, as did France who placed less than four-seconds behind the Italian trio. The fourth team to place less than one-minute apart at the head of the Junior World Trophy category was the USA, fifty-three seconds behind winners Sweden.
Helped by the performance of Laia Sanz – KTM, Spain have taken an early lead in the FIM Women’s World Trophy category. Some forty-two seconds ahead of defending champions Australia, Spain will have to keep their focus as they head into the second day of competition if they are to stay ahead of the experienced Australian trio. The USA placed third, France fourth with Sweden fifth.
France’s Christophe Nambotin – KTM was the day’s overall fastest rider, placing just over six seconds ahead of American Taylor Robert – KTM and Jeremy Tarroux – Sherco. In the Enduro 1 category Tarroux was the day’s fastest rider, finishing ahead of Italians Davide Guarneri – Honda and Davide Soreca – Honda. Christophe Charlier – Husqvarna was the fastest Enduro 2 class rider, finishing ahead of Australia’s Daniel Milner – KTM and Swede Albin Elowson – Husqvarna. Finishing just six seconds apart, Christophe Nambotin – KTM was the fastest Enduro 3 class competitor ahead of Taylor Robert – KTM and Spain’s Jaume Betriu – KTM.
Riders will complete the same 155-mile course on Day 2 Tuesday.