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U.S. World Trophy Team moves back into second on Day 3 at ISDE

October 03, 2013

Story and photos by Steve Berkner | Click here for additional photos from the 2013 ISDE 

At the mid-point of the International Six Days Enduro in Olbia, Italy, the U.S. World Trophy Team moved back into second place, edging out the Australian team by a cumulative 19.5 seconds. The U.S. team started the day 15 seconds behind the Australians team. France holds a commanding lead with nearly a 9-minute lead over both teams.

U.S. Team Manager Antti Kallonen says consistency is paying off for the U.S. riders.

“Once again, all of our riders were very consistent," he says. "Like on Day 1 and Day 2, we are really in a battle with Australia for second place as the French have again added to their overall lead.

“For now, France is starting to pull away," Kallonen continues. "Unless something happens to one of their riders, the real fight is for second place. We not only have to worry about the Australians, we also have to worry about the Italian team as they are now in the hunt for second (place) as well.”

The Italian team moved to within 2 minutes, 25 seconds of the American team.

“We still have two long days ahead of us, and if we can stay consistent we should be able to use the final moto (test) on Day 6 to make back some time as we have some good motocrossers on the team," Kallonen says.

For the third day, U.S. World Trophy team rider Taylor Robert finished as the top American. Robert is in eighth overall and in fourth place in the E2 class.

The U.S. Trophy Team’s efforts were led again by Taylor Robert who finished as the top American rider where he is fifth overall and fourth in the E2 Class. Robert’s teammates Charlie Mullins, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli and Zach Osborne rounded out the American six-rider teams best scores.

“The tests are really starting to get beat pretty bad," Caselli says. "I don’t think any of us thought that they would get that rough and silty, but everybody has to ride it. The important part is all six of us are healthy and are bikes are running good.

“For myself, I’ve been just off a little bit but I’m still hanging right in there. Robert, Mullins and Brown have all been doing a great job and Osborne is starting to figure it out as well.

Osborne, who normally rides motocross back in United States says that the experience is completely new for him.

“This is absolutely nothing like what I’m used to back home," he says. "The first couple of days were a challenge, but I’m starting to get the format down. I’m looking forward to new trail for Day 4 and Day 5 where we’ll be getting all new tests and fresh trail.”

U.S. World Trophy Team's Zach Osborne rode to a seventh-place finish in the E1 class.

After Day 3 of the six-day event, the U.S. Junior Team of Kailub Russell, Andrew Delong, Jesse Groemm and Grant Baylor remained in fourth place where they are followed by France, Italy and Great Britain.

The U.S. Women’s World Trophy team dropped one spot back to sixth place. That team is represented by riders Mandi Mastin, Rachel Gutish and Brooke Hodges.

The U.S. Wellard three-rider club team, made up of Nick Fahringer, Jimmy Jarrett and Ryan Sipes, moved up one place to second behind the efforts of Sipes who won the overall for the day in the C2 class.

The next top-finishing U.S. club team is the GoFasters.com team that moved up to fifth place, two more places then they had finished Day 1 and Day 2. That team includes riders Ian Blythe, Alex Dorsey and Justin Sode.

All 30 of the US riders that started the day finished.

U.S. Junior Trophy rider Grant Baylor prepares to start the Metzler special test.

U.S. Trophy Team rider Thad Duvall on a road transfer section.

Kurt Caselli rides near a quarry area on Day 3 of the Six Days. Caselli is captain of the U.S. Trophy Team.

U.S. club rider Justin Sode.

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