Story and Photos by Shan Moore
The second day of competition at the 88th running of the ISDE in Sardinia, Italy, is complete and it was another good day for the US Trophy Team. However, it was not without a few anxious moments. Team USA remains second overall in the standings behind France and even widened the gap over the third place Aussies, despite the fact that team member Mike Brown burned up a clutch and had to change it out on the trail. The FMF/KTM rider was extremely late by the time he got the repairs made and no one gave him any chance of making the next check without getting trail points, however Brownie wicked up the 500 he was riding and made it to the check with one second to spare!
Individually, Taylor Robert was once again the top American on the World Trophy Team, finishing the day in fourth overall and third in the E2 class. Meanwhile, Charlie Mullins was sixth overall and fifth in the E2 division. Brown finished 11th overall, Kurt Caselli was 15th, and Thad DuVall was 32nd.
“We had some hiccups here and there but all of the riders came through with good test times,” said U.S. team manager Antti Kallonen. “We had a couple of close calls, Mike Brown was almost late to a check, but we are still in second and we are putting some distance on the Australians. Right now, though, it looks like France is running away, but there are still four days to go.”
The U.S. Junior Trophy Team dropped to fourth place after today. Kailub Russell, who yesterday was the top placing Junior overall, dropped a two-minute penalty for entering a check late. Meanwhile, Andrew DeLong is suffering problems with the hand that he broke a few months ago, due to the constant pounding of Six Days’ abuse.
Despite his penalty, Russell was still top American in the Junior division in 16th place overall, with Jesse Groemm in 18th, DeLong 19th, and Grant Baylor in 26th. Had he not gotten the penalty, Russell would have been third overall today.
France leads the Junior Trophy Division after two days, with Italy second, Great Britain third and the United States fourth.
Results after 2 days
2. United States
7. Great Britain
3. Great Britain
4. United States
10. Czech Republic