US Junior Trophy Team Looks To Repeat 2014 Victory

Steward Baylor, Grant Baylor and Trevor Bollinger ready to go

Steward Baylor, ISDE Spain 2016
Steward Baylor hopes to lead the US Junior Team to victory in Navarra, Spain.Photo By Shan Moore

In 2014, the US Junior Trophy Team, made up of Steward Baylor, Grant Baylor, Trevor Bollinger and Justin Jones, won the Junior Trophy Team title at the ISDE in Argentina. The FIM changed the rules for 2016 and the Junior Trophy Teams now are limited to just three riders. For this year’s event, the US Junior Trophy squad is made up of the Baylor brothers and Bollinger. And the ultimate goal is the same: to bring home the gold in the Junior division.

The American riders have spent the last two days walking tests and this morning they were able to set up their bikes on a small testing track near the venue. Dirt Rider spoke to team captain Steward Baylor to see what it’s going to take to achieve the team’s goal of winning back the gold in the Junior division.

“Everything’s going to be a lot faster than a typical ISDE, and even the Extreme Test is made up of a cross test instead of having a lot of really tough and technical obstacles,” said Baylor. “The good thing is that we only have three tests that we ride two times each day, so that meant we had a lot less walking to do to learn all of the tests. The elevation was about the same for all of the tests too, so it was basically flat.”

“The key is going to be riding smart,” added Baylor. “There are a lot of rocks hidden in the dirt and the team that minimizes their mistakes has the best chance of winning.”

Baylor added that the tests are going to be really fast and sketchy, which is what Taylor Robert told us yesterday.

Opening ceremonies take place tomorrow evening and then the riders have Monday off before getting down to business on Tuesday for Day One of the competition.