Story and Photos by Shan Moore
It’s hump day at the 88th running of the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, and we’re halfway through the six-day event. It was an up and day for the American squads. When the U.S. World Trophy Team left the paddocks on Tuesday evening they were sitting firmly in second place behind France. However, during last night’s jury meeting, an infraction against Thad DuVall was upheld that said he went backwards on the course, which can result in disqualification. However, the FIM went easy on DuVall, since he just did a small circle in one of the work areas to retrieve a backpack that he had forgotten. In the end, a 60-second penalty was levied against him, which dropped the U.S. squad down to third behind Australia.
On to today’s action, where the U.S. World Trophy Team had solid times but suffered a few crashes here and there that kept us from advancing. The good news is that Team USA moved back ahead of Team Australia after Aussie Matty Phillips had bike problems. However, the Italian team had a great day and overtook us, leaving us still in third at the end of the day.
Despite hitting the ground three times, Charlie Mullins was top American on Day Three in seventh place. Right behind him in eighth overall individually was Taylor Robert, who crashed hard in the second test and lost his front brake. Mike Brown had another solid day in 13th, while Kurt Caselli was steady in 15th. Zach Osborne was feeling better today and upped his game to finish 25th overall and sixth in E1.
DuVall crashed hard in test three when he hit a rock coming out of a turn and was a little fuzzy the rest of the day. He finished today in 30th.
After three days of racing, France leads the World Trophy division, with Italy second, Team USA third and Australia fourth.
In the Junior Trophy class, the U.S. Junior squad held its ground, still sitting fourth behind France, Italy and Great Britain. Top American was Kailub Russell, who finished seventh overall among all Junior riders. Andrew DeLong had a better day today, finishing up in 15th, while Jesse Groemm was 17th and Grant Baylor was 19th.
Tomorrow will see the riders facing new special test sections, which will be a good thing since the ones they’ve been riding for the last three days are pretty chewed up.