US Trophy Teams Impress At ISDE In Chile

Runner-up finishes across the board

Taylor Robert
Taylor Robert led all Americans with a solid weeklong performance which saw the Arizonan jump out to the individual overall lead on day 1. After six days, Robert finished the 93rd running of the ISDE in second place behind Australia’s Daniel Milner in the individual overall standings, and first in the E2 division.Shan Moore

After six days of intense racing, Australia claimed the coveted World Trophy Team award at this year’s International Six Day Enduro in Viña del Mar, Chile, while the American squad of Taylor Robert, Ryan Sipes, Steward Baylor, and Zach Bell finish an impressive second place, ahead of the Italian team.

Taylor Robert and Steward Baylor turned spectacular individual performances throughout the week and finished off the event ranked first and second in the E2 division, ahead of third-place finisher Thomas Oldrati from Italy.

The American effort made history in the Trophy team divisions, by being the first country to put a Trophy team on all three of the elite podiums: World Trophy, Junior Trophy, and Women’s Trophy, finishing second in each of the three categories.

In the Junior Trophy division, Grant Baylor, Ben Kelley, and Josh Toth started off the week in third behind Italy and France, but surpassed France on day 2. Meanwhile, the US Women’s team (Tarah Gieger, Brandy Richards, and Becca Sheets) were second behind the Aussie team in the final results, but nearly 12 minutes ahead of the Spanish team in third.

Ryan Sipes
Ryan Sipes led the E1 division and sat in fourth overall after the opening day, but a nasty crash near the end of day 2 hindered the Kentucky rider for the rest of the week. Still, the former Supercross star managed to finish fourth overall in E1 at the end of the event.Shan Moore

2018 World Trophy Team Results

Position Country
1 Australia
2 United States
3 Italy
4 France
5 Spain
6 Portugal
7 Czech Republic
8 Sweden
9 Chile
10 Germany
Steward Baylor
Steward Baylor was a last-minute replacement for the injured Kailub Russell and had only a week’s notice to prepare for the race. Still, the South Carolina rider got faster as the week wore on and finished second in E2 behind Robert.Shan Moore

2018 Junior Trophy Team Results

Position Country
1 Italy
2 United States
3 France
4 Chile
5 Australia
6 Sweden
7 Germany
8 Finland
9 Argentina
10 Spain
Josh Strang
Josh Strang helped the Aussie team to its second World Trophy win and was fourth in the final E2 standings. Strang is a former GNCC champ and recently wrapped up the Kenda Full Gas Sprint Enduro series, which he credits as part of his success during the week in Chile.Shan Moore

2018 Women's Trophy Team Results

Position Country
1 Australia
2 United States
3 Spain
4 France
5 Sweden
6 Portugal
7 Argentina
8 Chile
9 Germany
Josh Toth
Like Sipes, Josh Toth suffered a pretty nasty crash the third test of day 1, where he slammed his face into his handlebar. And like Sipes, the effects of the crash stayed with the Pennsylvania rider for the rest of the event. Toth still managed to finish fifth in E1 final standings just behind Sipes.Shan Moore
Becca Sheets
Becca Sheets joined teammates Tarah Gieger and Brandy Richards on the podium with a solid runner-up finish to the Australian team. Sheets was eighth overall in the final individual WWT standings.Shan Moore
Zach Bell
This year was Zach Bell’s first attempt at the ISDE, and the former Supercross rider admitted that it took him a couple of days to get used to the format. Bell shined on day 6 in the final motocross competition by moving his way up from third to take a dominating win in the E1 moto.Shan Moore
Ben Kelley
Ben Kelley finished the week 11th in the E2 class, though he was the second Junior rider in the division behind Grant Baylor.Shan Moore
Grant Baylor
Grant Baylor was ultra-fast at the first part of the week and held “top Junior” status, but started to have trouble with his shoulder popping out of place, which by the end of the week dropped him to fourth among the Junior riders and eighth in E2.Shan Moore
Gieger
Women’s MX star Gieger brought her motocross skills to Chile and helped anchor the US Women’s team to second overall.Shan Moore