The United States sent 33 riders to Kosice, Slovakia, Sept. 7-12, to compete against the best off-road racers in the world at the 90th International Six Days Enduro. For the first time in history, an American rider topped all individual scores at the historic event.
American Motorcyclist Association expresses gratitude to all ISDE team members, supporters
PICKERINGTON, Ohio -- The United States sent 33 riders to Kosice, Slovakia, Sept. 7-12, to compete against the best off-road racers in the world at the 90th International Six Days Enduro. For the first time in history, an American rider topped all individual scores at the historic event.
Kentucky's Ryan Sipes, competing in the E2 class, was the week's fastest rider, beating Australia's David Milner by 43 seconds for the best time overall.
"Participating in the ISDE is a year-long commitment, and the riders, volunteers and sponsors who make that commitment have earned our gratitude and respect," said American Motorcyclist Association Director of Racing Bill Cumbow. "The AMA thanks all these riders for their effort -- and especially recognizes the world championship performance of Ryan Sipes, who has accomplished what no other American rider has before him by winning overall individual honors at the world's most prestigious off-road racing event."
This was Sipes' second time competing at the ISDE and his first time racing in the World Trophy division.
"It's unbelievable, to be honest," Sipes said. "I didn't expect to be here, let alone at the top for most of the week. Everything about this week has been awesome. My bike has been awesome. Everything just went my way this week. It's an incredible feeling."
Despite Sipes' triumph, U.S. team results fell short of their early potential. Injuries, mechanical failures and even a provisional disqualification marred the team's efforts. Of the four U.S. riders to retire before the end of this year's Six Days, two were on the U.S. World Trophy Team and two were on the U.S. Junior Trophy Team.
In the final tally, the U.S. Trophy Team finished 22nd, and the U.S. Junior Trophy Team finished 13th. The U.S. Women's World Trophy Team was fifth overall. The highest-placing U.S. club team was the GoFasters.com team, which finished fourth in the club division.
Prior to losing any riders, the U.S. Trophy Team was in first place, and the Junior Trophy Team was comfortably on the podium with just three of four riders competing.
"The outcome of this Six Days can be looked at like a bump on the road, as it takes more than speed to win," said U.S. Team Manager Antti Kallonen. "We just need to stay healthy, keep our bikes running and hold it together. As a team, we all have to carry the responsibility of the outcome, and if we have problems or make mistakes, we need to learn from them so we are that much better prepared next year. I think it'll come, as each year we get better at those details."
In team results, France won the World Trophy division, and Australia won the Junior Trophy division and the Women's World Trophy divisions. VAMC Drie Musketiers from The Netherlands won the Club Team Award.
In addition to Sipes, the U.S. World Trophy Team included Mike Brown, Thad Duvall, Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Gary Sutherlin. The U.S. Junior Trophy Team included Grant Baylor, Steward Baylor, Nick Davis and Layne Michael. The U.S. Women's World Trophy Team included Rachel Gutish, Mandi Mastin and Jamie Wells.
The following companies supported the 2015 U.S. ISDE effort: Arai Helmets, Elizabeth Scott Community, Hall's Cycles, Motion Pro, Spectro, ThermoProbe, Wellard and ZipTyRacing.com.
The ISDE is the most prestigious off-road motorcycle event in the world. First held in Carlisle, England, in 1913, the ISDE is one of the longest-running events on the calendar of the Federation Internationale de Motocyclisme.
A U.S. team has never won the World Trophy. It has brought home the Junior Trophy five times: in 1973, 1991, 2006 and 2014.