2019 International Six Days Enduro Wrap-Up

Team USA dominates in Portugal.

Taylor Robert led the team’s efforts individually by winning the E2 class and finished third overall behind Australia’s Daniel Sanders and Spaniard Josep Garcia.
Taylor Robert led the team’s efforts individually by winning the E2 class and finished third overall behind Australia’s Daniel Sanders and Spaniard Josep Garcia.Darrin Chapman

The 94th running of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) wrapped up in Portimão, Portugal, on Saturday, where Team USA claimed historic victories in the World Trophy Team and Women’s World Trophy Team divisions. To add to the monumental achievement, the Junior Trophy Team scored a solid second behind Team Australia.

The US World Trophy Team for 2019 consisted of Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Ryan Sipes, and Steward Baylor. The team’s victory marked the second time the US effort has won the coveted trophy in the premier division, having done so in 2016 in Spain. It is also the second time the US Women’s team, consisting of Brandy Richards, Becca Sheets, and Tarah Gieger in 2019, has finished first, having done so at the inception of the class in 2007.

Taylor Robert led the team’s efforts individually by winning the E2 class and finished third overall behind Australia’s Daniel Sanders and Spaniard Josep Garcia. Meanwhile, GNCC champ Kailub Russell had a stellar week as well, finishing the six-day event second in E2 behind Robert and fourth overall, outright.

“I’m so happy to be part of the winning team,” Robert said. “All four of us have ridden amazing and stayed so consistent. Throughout the whole event the team have been really close, often within a few seconds of each other. To take the win in the E2 class, with Kailub second, feels great too. Obviously, it would have been nice to take the overall win again, but the level has been so high this year. Believe it or not, I got through to day 5 without having a single crash, then managed to come off three times. After that, I knew I needed to just make it to the finish safely and secure the result for the team. Everyone has worked so hard, so I’m really pleased with the result.”

Ryan Sipes (KTM) finished second in E1 and sixth overall.
Ryan Sipes (KTM) finished second in E1 and sixth overall.Darrin Chapman

Ryan Sipes (KTM) finished second in E1 and sixth overall, while KTM-supported rider Steward Baylor Jr. finished the week seventh in the E3 class and 11th overall.

Heading to the final day, the US World Trophy riders had it all but wrapped up and needed only decent finishes in the final motos to clinch the victory. Ex-motocross star Sipes raced his way to a third place finish in the final moto. Robert came in seventh, while Russell finished 20th, and Baylor in 36th. In the end, the Americans claimed the second-ever victory for the US by a margin of 1:45.34.

Brandy Richards finished second in the Women’s individual standings and led the US Women’s team to the overall win.
Brandy Richards finished second in the Women’s individual standings and led the US Women’s team to the overall win.Darrin Chapman

Brandy Richards led the way with an impressive second overall finish to lead the US Women’s World Trophy Team to first overall ahead of the German team. Meanwhile, Becca Sheets concluded the week in sixth overall, while Gieger was eighth. In all, Richards claimed 16 special-test wins over the course of six days, while Sheets grabbed seven top five finishes to contribute four of the six scores on the week.

The US Junior World Trophy Team took second overall behind Team Australia, with Grant Baylor leading the junior squad by claiming sixth in the E2 class and 14th overall as the third highest-placing Junior World Trophy rider of the event. Ben Kelley finished ninth in the E2 class and 19th overall, while Josh Toth finished 10th in E1 and 31st overall.

“We had a very strong team this year, which really shows with the consistency between all four of the riders,” team manager Antti Kallonen said. “The final moto is always nerve-wracking, but our boys did well; they stayed out of trouble and just brought it home safe. It’s an awesome feeling across the board and hats off to those four riders. They really put forth a great effort for their country and for US racing in general. For them to come here, walk 100 miles of course, and then race for six days—it really shows how much they care about the sport and to have their country up front worldwide. It’s very rewarding at the end.”

To the victors go the spoils.
To the victors go the spoils.Darrin Chapman

2019 ISDE World Trophy Team Results

Position Country
1 Australia
2 United States
3 Spain
4 Portugal
5 Belgium
Tarah Gieger was a last-minute replacement on the Women’s team and turned in some great rides.
Tarah Gieger was a last-minute replacement on the Women’s team and turned in some great rides.Darrin Chapman

2019 ISDE Women’s Trophy Team Results

Position Country
1 Australia
2 United States
3 Spain
4 Portugal
5 Belgium