2012 ISDE: Day Two

Mike Brown in the mud bog section.
Andrew DeLong makes the transition from trail to grass.
Charlie Mullins was top American again.
Kurt Caselli drops into a deep pit in the Enduro test.
Russell Bobbitt navigates the “Trials” section.

Saxony, Germany, (Sept 25, 2012) – The French team extended their lead at the 87th running of the International Six Days Enduro in Saxony, Germany, as Pierre-Alexandre Renet continues to extend broaden his gap over the competition. The factory Husaberg rider now has nearly two minutes over teammate Antoine Meo, while Christophe Nambotin and Johnny Aubert sit third and fourth, giving the French team the top four spots.

The U.S. Trophy Team held it’s own today and remain sixth overall in the Trophy division, some two seconds behind Spain and nearly two minutes ahead of Sweden. Once again, Charlie Mullins was America’s top performer, as the FMF/KTM rider improved his overall status to eighth in the individual overall standings and fourth in the super competitive E2 division. Meanwhile, Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert sits 13th overall and eighth in E2, with KTM’s Kurt Caselli 28th overall and 12th in E2.

The U.S. Junior Trophy team had a great day, moving from fifth to third behind Great Britian and France, thanks in part to a good day from Thad DuVall, although Andrew DeLong, Jesse Groemm and Travis Coy each improved their performances over Day One. The Shenandoah Honda/Offroadchampions-mounted DuVall was fast and relatively error-free which is important at Six Days, and finished 11th for the day in E2, four spots ahead of Caselli.

“I’m starting the get the hang of things,” said DuVall. “This is a lot different from what I’m used to racing and it just takes a while to adapt.”

The U.S. Women’s team of Sarah Whitmore, Rachel Gutish and Mandi Mastin remain in fifth overall, just over eight minutes behind the Swedes.

Wednesday’s course is reported to be more challenging than the first two days, which is good for any team, like the U.S. squads, hoping to play catch up.

ISDE Notes: Day One

• Russell Bobbitt has struggled the first two days with a sore wrist and is scheduled to have the team doctor look at it tonight.

• Wednesday’s route takes the riders 30 miles east of the paddocks in Sachsenring to the town of Zschopau, which is where the old MZ factory is located.

• The weather has been great over here, with just a few rain showers and temps in the 60s.

• Mike Brown had a crash in the Enduro test today and came away with a nasty bruise on his arm, but the KTM rider didn’t let it slow him down.