Faces Of The 2018 ISDE

A few of the faces from the International Six Days Enduro in Chile

FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert won the E2 class at this year’s International Six Days Enduro in Viña del Mar, Chile. The Factory KTM rider was fastest in the E2 division on every single full day of racing. “It’s been an amazing week,” Robert said. “I’m a little disappointed not to take the overall win, but all in all I am happy with my riding. Days 3 and 4 were tough and I struggled a little there, but I think everyone did. The tests were so technical, the dust was still a problem, and the heat made everything a little worse. I’m really happy to take the win in my class, and second for Team USA in the World Trophy competition is great too.”Shan Moore

Another International Six Days Enduro is in the books and the US team turned in solid finishes across the board. This year's event was held near Viña del Mar, which is a beautiful coastal tourist town along Chile's Pacific coast.

After a 10-year absence, the FIM’s longest-sanctioned off-road motorcycle competition returns to Portugal for the first time since 2009. Situated in the south of the country, the beautiful Algarve city of Portimão and its world-renowned Autódromo Internacional do Algarve will host the 94th running of the FIM ISDE. The opening two days will be predominantly sandy, while days three, four, and five offer a contrasting character of forest and rocky terrain that will take riders into the country’s highest mountain range.

Be sure to make your plans early for next year’s Six Days in Portugal. In the meantime, here is another look at this year’s event in Chile.

US Trophy Team Manager Antti Kallonen was pleased with the US effort at this year’s event. “It’s disappointing, for sure, when we’re aiming for wins, but at the end of the day you have to find always positive out of the situation and be happy with what you achieve,” Kallonen said. “Our guys and gals gave it their all for six days and we’re proud of their efforts and how they represented the US on the podium for all three World Trophy categories. I must give hats off to the riders, they’ve battled through some tough days—we’ve had some crashes and some misfortunes, but this is the cards that were dealt to us and we have to deal with it. It’s racing and we have to learn from it and be that much better next time to avoid these kinds of situations.”Shan Moore
KTM’s Brandy Richards finished as runner-up in the EW class, just less than three minutes from the win after six long and extremely tough days in the South American heat.Shan Moore
In the race for the Junior World Trophy prize, America’s Josh Toth took fifth place in the E1 class to assist Team USA in finishing as runner-up in the category along with KTM riders Ben Kelley and Grant Baylor.Shan Moore
Ryan Sipes led the E1 division after day 1, but near the end of day 2 the Kentucky rider crashed and hit a barrier which slowed him for the rest of the week. Sipes finished the event fourth in the final E1 classification.Shan Moore
Steward Baylor was a last-minute replacement for Kailub Russell on the US World Trophy Team. The South Carolina rider had only a week to get ready for the trip and understandably started slow, but he came on strong near the end of the week. In the final tally, Steward finished second in the super-competitive E2 class behind teammate Taylor Robert.Shan Moore
A local mother asked Grant Baylor to hold her baby for a photo. Despite having his shoulder pop out of place four times during the race, Grant was the top Junior rider during part of the week and helped lead the US Junior Trophy Team to second place behind Italy. Grant was eighth in the final E2 standings.Shan Moore
Ben Kelley was part of the US Junior Team that finished second in class. The Connecticut rider was 11th in the E2 class.Shan Moore
GNCC racer Becca Sheets led the US Women’s team to a solid runner-up finish behind the amazing Australian team.Shan Moore
This year was Zach Bell’s first year to compete at ISDE. The former motocross star struggled with the dust and with the format, but gradually came to grips with the race and settled into 10th in the E3 class by the end of the race.Shan Moore