2012 ISDE: Day Three

Thad DuVall changes brake pads before starting today’s race.
Antoine Meo passed teammate Pierre-Alexandre Renet for the overall lead.
Charlie Mullins continues to be top American.
Taylor Robert sits 13th overall.
Mike Brown leads Rodrig Thain in the final grass track.

Saxony, Germany, (Sept 26, 2012) – Day Three is in the books at the 87th running of the International Six Days Enduro in Saxony, Germany, and there was a shakeup at the top of the individual standings as Antoine Meo has displaced fellow Frenchman Pierre-Alexandre Renet in the number one position. Team France continues to lead the Trophy division, however, and France also continues to hold onto the top four positions overall.

The U.S. Trophy Team moved up a position, passing the defending champions from Finland and moving from sixth to fifth, thanks to solid rides from FMF/KTM’s Charlie Mullins and Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert and a DNF from Finland’s Juha Salminen. As we reported yesterday, Juha had to replace a stator at the end of the day and evidently that didn’t solve his problem.

Mullins continues to be the Yank’s highest finisher, although he dropped from the eighth place spot to 10th in the overall individual standings at the end of today’s competition thanks to a mishap on the hill climb in the sixth test.

“I just got off line at the top and had to push the rest of the way,” said Mullins. “It kind of hurt because it cost me quite a bit of time.”

Roberts had another good day and sits 13th overall, with Kurt Caselli (FMF/KTM) in 27th, one spot ahead of top U.S. Junior Team rider Thad DuVall on the Shenandoah Honda/Offroadchampions Honda. DuVall’s performance helped the U.S. Trophy Team to remain in third in that division, with Travis Coy, Andrew DeLong and Jesse Groemm all making big contributions.

DuVall might have finished better had he not fell in the last grass track test. “I don’t really know what happened for sure,” said DuVall. “I was going down a straight and I just started swapping and ended up wadding it up. It was crazy. I lost

A bit of time, but luckily it was the last test.”

The U.S. Women’s team struggled a bit today, with Sarah Whitmore, Rachel Gutish and Mandi Mastin dropping from fifth to sixth in the standings, but they are all still running, which is half the battle, especially with three more days to go.

Thursday the competitors will run the exact same course as today as well as the same special tests, so hopefully, the American’s will benefit from knowing the terrain.

The U.S. Trophy Team is less than a minute behind Spain in the World Trophy division and a good day tomorrow might help them move into fourth. Russell Bobbitt has been struggling with to find his rhythm, but since tomorrow’s course will be familiar to him, hopefully that will help.