Baylor to replace Russell on 2018 U.S. ISDE Trophy Team

Two-time national enduro champion joins American effort

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Story by Michael Marino

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association has named two-time AMA National Enduro champion and AMA Grand National Cross Country Series competitor Steward Baylor Jr. as the replacement rider for Kailub Russell on the U.S. World Trophy Team in the FIM International Six Days Enduro.

This year's event is Nov. 12-17 in Vina del Mar, Chile.

Steward Baylor Jr. competing at 2018 Kenda AMA National Enduro Series' Loose Moose National Enduro. Photo by Shan Moore

Russell suffered a shoulder injury during a pro motocross event, which forced him to withdraw from the team. Russell is a six-time GNCC Series champion and was a member of the 2016 U.S. ISDE World Trophy team that won the United States' first world trophy at the event.

It will be Baylor's fourth time representing the United States at the FIM International Six Days Enduro.

Baylor currently leads the Kenda AMA National Enduro Series NE Pro1 Class points standings by 20 points heading into the final round of the season.

"I cannot wait to compete in another ISDE and, for the first time, on the trophy team," Baylor said. "Racing dirt bikes on the beach in Chile isn't a bad place to be."

U.S. ISDE World Trophy Team Manager Kallonen Antti said the team is fortunate Baylor was available to fill in for Russell.

"Kailub's withdrawal from the event is unfortunate, and I wish him a speedy recovery," Antti said. "I'm pleased to be able to replace him with Steward. He has great speed and determination and will be a great fit with our team."

Baylor will be competing aboard a KTM.

His younger brother, Grant Baylor, is on the U.S. Junior Trophy Team.

The International Six Days Enduro is the world's largest annual off-road motorcycle competition. Since 1913, countries have sent their best off-road racers to exotic locations around the world to be tested on everything from sandy beaches to rocky crevices to deep woods to motocross tracks for the event's top prize: the ISDE World Trophy.

For the latest news on the U.S. ISDE team, including daily recaps and photos from the 2018 edition of the event, visit www.americanmotorcyclist.com, and follow @ama_racing on Twitter and Instagram.