Off Road

Team USA extend lead on day two of the 2016 International Six Days Enduro

As Josep Garcia proves overall fastest of the day

ANOTHER impressive performance from Taylor Robert helped the four-rider Team USA squad extend their lead to 32 seconds ahead of Italy on day two of the International Six Days Enduro.

Competition remains close between USA, Italy and Spain at this year’s ISDE but things are going from bad to worse for last year’s winners Australia. After the retirement of Josh Strang on day one through injury, Daniel Milner retired through a technical issue on day two.

It is Team USA who are looking collectively strongest through each of the six daily special tests.

Robert said: “It was a great day for me and the team. I had one pretty big crash on the day’s third test, but the others went well.

“It was a little strange with it raining a bit during the end of the day, while riding in such dry and dusty conditions. Tomorrow takes us to the half-way point of the race and a new track, so we’re excited to keep pushing and hopefully stay out front.”

Helped by the individual performance of Josep Garcia, who was the day’s overall fastest rider, Spain squeezed ahead of Sweden in the day’s Junior World Trophy team results, with third going to the USA. After two days of competition things are equally close with Sweden leading the overall Junior results, just fifteen seconds ahead of Spain, with the USA twenty-four seconds further behind. 

In the Women’s World Trophy class Australia are following the form book, claiming the day win ahead of Spain with Germany third. Maria Franke ended day two as the fastest Women’s rider, ahead of Tayla Jones with Spain’s Laia Sanz third.

Garcia topped the E1 class, almost 50 seconds ahead of his closest challenger, Italy’s Manuel Monni, with Spain’s Victor Guerrero in third.

Garcia said: “I had a very good day today. The most important thing was that I didn’t crash. The special tests are getting very rough and it is easy to make mistakes, but everything went well for me. I hope I can continue to be fast tomorrow when we have a new track.”

Taylor Robert claimed a commanding E2 class win, 27 seconds ahead of Great Britain’s Jamie McCanney. Third in E2 went to USA’s Kailub Russell, despite the US GNCC racer crashing and hurting his right shoulder. 

Daniel Sanders won the E3 class, 19 seconds clear of Italian Giacomo Redondi. Third went to Portugal’s Luis Coreia.  

Day three of 2016 ISDE will see competitors tackle a new course, which will feature two laps, a total of six special tests and a total distance of two-hundred and forty-seven kilometres.

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