International Six Days Enduro kicks off in Navarra, with US leading the way

Scores on the doors after day one of biggest event in world enduro

International Six Days Enduro kicks off in Navarra, with US leading the way

THE 91st International Six Days Enduro - surely the biggest event in world enduro - is happening right now in Navarra, Spain, with Team USA leading the way after day one.

Helped by overall runner-up and third-place results from team members Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert (pictured), both on KTMs, USA sit twenty-six seconds ahead of Italy, with Great Britain third. 

Defending World Trophy winners Australia were hit hard early on day one when Josh Strang (Husqvarna) injured his ankle and was forced to withdraw. Otherwise, particularly with Daniel Sanders (KTM) doing so well overall, the Aussies would surely be up there.

It's good news for Great Britain as they currently hold third with less than one minute separating the top three nations. Manxman Jamie McCanney is having a fantastic ride so far, well inside the top 10 overall and third overall in E2 class.

USA’s Russell said: “Team USA had a pretty good day, so we’re hoping we can continue that. Aside from Thad [Duvall] having to do a little work to his bike, everything was good.

“There’s a long way to go, but it’s good to have made a positive start. It was a tough day being in the dust all day.”

Although down in seventh in the World Trophy, Sweden led in the opening day of the Junior Trophy, thanks to Albin Elowson (Husqvarna). Italy hold the runner-up position, one second ahead of Spain, who can thank Josep Garcia (Husqvarna).

As expected, Australia’s Women’s World Trophy team took an early class lead, despite mechanical issues affecting Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha). Close to one-and-a-half minutes ahead of Spain it was Australia’s Tayla Jones (Yamaha) who ended the day as the fastest outright Women’s competitor.

Helped by the strong performance of Maria Franke (KTM), Germany are placed third, with the USA and Sweden rounding out the top five.

Italian World Trophy team rider Giacomo Redondi (Honda) topped the Enduro 3 class, also ending the day as the outright fastest rider.

Daniel Sanders (KTM), the Enduro 3 class winner at last year’s ISDE in Slovakia, placed second with Portugal’s Luis Correia (Beta) in third.

The USA’s Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert battled one another to respectively take the top two spots in the Enduro 2 class, with Britain’s Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) third. Spain’s Ivan Cervantes (KTM) claimed fourth.

Junior World Trophy riders Josep Garcia, Henric Stigell (KTM) and Davide Soreca (Honda) filled the top three positions in the Enduro 1 class respectively.

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