PORTIMAO, Portugal – With KTM-mounted riders at the helm, Team USA has claimed the World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy Team victories from the 94th running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Portimao, Portugal.
For the World Trophy Team, 2019 marks their second title after claiming gold in Spain in 2016. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert highlighted the team’s efforts, taking the E2 class victory and an impressive third-overall, while his teammate, Kailub Russell, finished close behind with second in E2 and fourth outright. Ryan Sipes (KTM) finished second in E1 and sixth overall, while KTM-supported rider Steward Baylor Jr. finished the week seventh in the E3 class and 11th overall.
Additionally, the Women’s World Trophy Team raced their way to the first U.S. Women’s victory since the win of the inaugural cup class in 2007. KTM-supported rider Brandy Richards led the way with an impressive second-overall finish, while KTM-mounted Becca Sheets concluded the week in sixth overall after contributing many positive scores to the tally.
WORLD TROPHY (WT) TEAM
Coming into the final day, the U.S. squad held a sizeable lead over the Aussies and they knew it was a matter of playing it safe in the final moto of the week. Sipes, a former professional motocross star, jumped at the chance to showcase his moto skills as he raced his way to third-place finish in the final moto. Robert came in seventh, while Russell finished 20th and Baylor in 36th. Keeping their poise, the American riders held onto their lead to claim the second-ever victory for the U.S. by a margin of 1:45.34.
Team Manager, Antti Kallonen: “We had a very strong team this year, which really shows with the consistency between all four of the riders. The final moto is always nerve-racking but our boys did well, they stayed out of trouble and just brought it home safe. It’s an awesome feeling across the board and hats off to those four riders, they really put forward a great effort for their country and for U.S. racing in general. For them to come here, walk 100 miles of course and then race for six days, it really shows how much they care about the sport and to have their country up front world-wide. It’s very rewarding at the end.”
Taylor Robert: “I’m so happy to be part of the winning team. All four of us have ridden amazing and stayed so consistent. Throughout the whole event the team have been really close, often within a few seconds of each other. To take the win in the E2 class, with Kailub second, feels great too. Obviously, it would have been nice to take the overall win again, but the level has been so high this year. Believe it or not I got through to day five without having a single crash, then managed to come off three times. After that I knew I needed to just make it to the finish safely and secure the result for the team. Everyone has worked so hard, so I’m really pleased with the result.”
Kailub Russell: “It awesome to stand here as World Trophy champion once again, we had a rough couple of years and then I missed last year so to step on top of the podium once again feels really good. It takes a huge effort from Antti and the whole team for us to come over here, and to be able to reward all that hard work with a win is great. We have a lot of fun when we come here but we take the racing extremely seriously and the hard work has certainly paid off.”
WOMEN’S WORLD TROPHY (WWT) TEAM
The U.S. Women’s World Trophy Team demonstrated their dominance all week long as they overtook the lead from Germany on day two and never looked back. Richards put forth a very consistent week up front, claiming 16 special-test wins over the course of six days. Her KTM-mounted teammate, Sheets, grabbed seven top-five finishes to contribute four of the six scores on the week.
Kallonen added, “I started in 2017 and set a three-year plan to reach the goal of winning the Women’s Championship and we did it. It’s very motivating and very rewarding to have this Women’s Championship back to the U.S. for the first time since 2007. These girls really worked hard all year long to reach this point and they returned to prove that they are the best in the world and I’m really proud of them.”
JUNIOR WORLD TROPHY TEAM (JWT)
The all-KTM U.S. Junior World Trophy Team put forth a great effort all week, claiming second overall behind Team Australia. KTM-supported Grant Baylor topped the junior squad with a strong finish to the week, claiming sixth in the E2 class and 14th overall as the third highest-placing JWT rider of the event. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Ben Kelley finished ninth in the E2 class and 19th overall, while his FMF KTM teammate, Josh Toth, finished 10th in E1 and 31st overall.
To top an incredibly successful event for KTM, the three-rider manufacturer team of Josep Garcia (ESP), Taylor Robert and Ryan Sipes secured the Manufacturer’s Team Award. KTM also secured the runner-up position with American riders Kailub Russell, Steward and Grant Baylor.
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Results – FIM International Six Days Enduro 2019
1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 4:29:49.36
2. Ryan Sipes (USA), KTM, 4:36:27.63
3. Lyndon Snodgrass (AUS), KTM, 4:37:06.54
10. Josh Toth (USA), KTM, 4:45:10.53
1. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, 4:33:18.47
2. Kailub Russell (USA), KTM, 4:34:59.12
3. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Honda, 4:37:07.82
6. Grant Baylor (USA), KTM, 4:39:50.04
9. Ben Kelley (USA), KTM, 4:41:16.47
1. Daniel Sanders (AUS), Husqvarna, 4:28:56.13
2. Daniel McCanney (GBR), TM, 4:36:26.59
3. Steward Baylor (USA), KTM, 4:39:21.95
1. Maria Franke (GER), KTM, 5:01:02.56
2. Brandy Richards (USA), KTM, 5:02:12.51
3. Jane Daniels (GBR), Husqvarna, 5:07:18.44
6. Rebecca Sheets (USA), KTM, 5:15:41.05
World Trophy Classification (After Day 6 of 6)
1. USA, 13:44:17.77
2. Australia, +1:45.34
3. Italy, +12:37.50
4. Spain, +16:53.05
5. Finland, +22:14.01
Junior World Trophy Classification (After Day 6 of 6)
1. Australia, 13:57:03.10
2. USA, +9:13.94
3. Spain, +28:49.31
4. Portugal, +1:17:35.65
5. Belgium, +1:23:09.30
Women’s World Trophy Classification (After Day 6 of 6)
1. USA, 10:17:02.79
2. Germany, +8:51.21
3. Great Britain, +18:55.73
4. Sweden, +37:08.71
5. Spain, +42:34.76