Day 2 penalties plague U.S. Trophy Team at ISDE
October 02, 2013
Story and photos by Steve Berkner | Click here for additional photos from the 2013 ISDE
Day 2 of the International Six Days Enduro saw both the U.S. World Trophy Team and the Junior Trophy Team drop one place in their overall standings after both teams were assessed rider penalties. The U.S. Trophy Team is now in third place and the U.S. Junior Team dropped to fourth.
”We had a couple hiccups today," says U.S. Team Manager Antti Kallonen.
U.S. Trophy Team rider Thad Duvall was docked 60 seconds for going the wrong way on the course and U.S. Junior Team rider Kailub Russell lost 120 seconds for going into a check 2 minutes late.
U.S. Trophy Team rider Charlie Mullins negotiates a rocky down hill.
Kallonen said that he was less concerned about the U.S. Trophy Team moving back up in the overall team standings. Without Duvall’s penalty, the team would have added time to its lead over Australia. The U.S. riders are just 15 seconds out of the runner-up position.
"Its way too soon to talk about anybody running away with it, as we’ve seen anything can happen," Kallonen says. "[Without Duvall’s penalty] our Trophy Team’s times [were good enough] to pull ahead of both the Australians and the Italians [who were in fourth after Day 1].”
The French team now holds nearly a 5-minute lead over both teams.
U.S. Junior Trophy Team rider Andrew Delong talks with his mechanic Fred Andrews during one of the time checks.
“I’m a little more concerned about our Junior Team because even without (Russell’s) penalty, they would have lost their third-place position to Great Britain where now I’m afraid they have a race ahead of them to move back up,” Kallonen says.
The U.S. Junior Team now trails Great Britain by 4 minutes, 6 seconds. France is in first followed by Italy.
"We are not going to spend any time blaming anybody for losing these points," Kallonen says. "These were both silly penalties that we can’t do anything about so we are just going to move forward.
“For Day 3, we use most of the same course [as Day 1 and Day 2], so at least everybody is familiar with the conditions and the terrain," he continues. "Everybody is struggling with going fast as the test conditions are getting worse, but it’s the same for everybody.”
U.S. Women’s Trophy Team rider Brooke Hodges.
Day 2 of the Italian ISDE saw the U.S. Women’s World Trophy Team move up one position to fifth place.
Individually, U.S. Trophy Team rider Taylor Robert was the top American rider over two days, where he moved up one place to fourth overall. His teammate Charlie Mullins moved up two places where he is now in seventh overall.
The 31-rider US team lost its first rider on Day 2 when Ryan Kudla failed to start due to a shoulder injury he suffered prior to the start of the event.
U.S. club rider Ryan Sipes.
U.S. Club rider Keith Curtis.
U.S. Trophy Team rider Mike Brown replaces the clutch on this motorcycle at an out check