FRANCE POISED TO TAKE WORLD TROPHY ONCE AGAIN
Friday saw the last full day of the 2010 FIM International Six Days Enduro, with the riders completing a new route that included a mixture of trails and special tests from all of the previous four days. This will be the final time that the competitors face ‘traditional’ enduro challenges during the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM ISDE, as the final day will see all racers battling one another at a nearby motocross circuit. In the absence of any major problems, the leaders of each of the respective classes, both team and individual, will be hoping for a clear run to the finish in order to clinch their precious titles.
Delivering what was arguably their most impressive team performance of the event so far France once again topped the Trophy Team competition, finishing one-and-a-half minutes ahead of Finland. With Johnny Aubert (KTM) topping the E2 class, as well as again posting the fastest overall individual performance, Antoine Meo (Husqvarna) claimed top honours in E1 while Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) won the E3 category. While France’s winning margin was a comfortable one, just twenty-four seconds separated Finland in second with third placed Italy.
With only the final day motocross races remaining, and with France’s Trophy Team made up of a number of former motocross racers, the team sits a little over ten minutes ahead of Italy, who in turn are placed four minutes up on Finland. The USA holds fourth.
Spain again delivered the goods in the Junior Trophy competition with all four Spanish youngsters performing strongly. Finishing one-minute ahead of Sweden, Spain are now odds on favourites to top the Junior Trophy class. At the end of a demanding day just five seconds separated runners up Sweden from third placed USA. Italy and France finished fourth and fifth respectively.
Spain now holds a near six minute advantage over Sweden, and are well placed to deliver a repeat of their 2009 Junior Trophy class win. The USA sits third followed by France. Ten minutes separates the top four nations in the Junior Trophy division.
Ludivine Puy was again the fastest individual female rider, ensuring France once again topped the Women’s Cup. Finishing a massive forty-seven minutes clear of their closest rivals France now sit more than one-hour ahead in the overall Women’s Cup rankings. At the end of day five it was the USA who placed second, separated from Sweden in third by just two minutes. France are followed by the USA and Sweden headed into the final day motocross races.
France claimed a clean-sweep of the three capacity classes with Antoine Meo extending his lead at the head of the E1 class. Twelve seconds up on Finland’s Eero Remes (KTM), Meo now sits thirty-six clear at the top of the class. With Team USA riders Kurt Caselli (KTM) and Mike Brown (KTM) finishing behind Meo and Remes on day five, an all European top three of Meo, Remes and Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) heads the E1 class with just the day six motocross races remaining.
In the Enduro 2 class Johnny Aubert is placed close to five-and-a-half minutes ahead of his nearest challenger having topped day five by thirty-nine seconds. With Rodrig Thain (TM) and Juha Salminen (Husqvarna) battling it out for the runners-up spot, the two riders finished the day with a near identical time. With Thain securing the runner-up spot, Salminen finished third with Manuel Monni (Yamaha) fourth. Johnny Aubert heads into the final day with a commanding lead in the E2 class, but all is still to play for between Salminen, Oldrati and Monni.
Christophe Nambotin claimed another E3 class win on day five, finishing eleven seconds ahead of countryman Seb Guillaume (Husqvarna). Italians Simone Albergoni (KTM) and Alessandro Botturi (Husaberg) placed third and fourth while Spain’s Oriol Mena (Husaberg) finished fifth. Guillaume leads Mena by thirty-three seconds in the overall E3 standings, with just five seconds separating Mena from Nambotin in third, ensuring an exciting final day’s racing at the eighty-fifth edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro.