Team USA are leading this year’s International Six Days Enduro in Spain having claimed the overall win on day one. In the World Trophy classification USA lead Italy with Great Britain third.
In the Junior classification it’s Sweden out to an early lead while defending Women’s champions Australia lead over home nation Spain. The Club team classification is led by Spanish trio RFME Team 1.
In what’s been a dusty opening start to the 91st edition of the ISDE, the first day of racing also proved eventful.
At the head of the individual general classification it was battle royale between Italy’s Giacomo Redondi and the USA KTM pairing of Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert. In the end it was Redondi who secured the opening win of the weeklong event having stepped onto a Honda CRF500 for the event.
“Day one went really well for me, better than I expected,” confirmed the Italian. “I wasn’t thinking about winning, so it was a big surprise to be the fastest overall rider. But a nice surprise.
“Day two's new start order should make things better for me because yesterday I was catching riders and getting caught in their dust, but I think all riders had the same problem. The terrain is slippery in places but I really liked the enduro test. It’s going to be a rough day today, I hope I can keep near the front of the overall results again and do my best for Italy.”
Behind him Russell held off Robert by three seconds for the runner-up result, while Spain’s Josep Garcia (Husqvarna) enjoyed a stormer of a day finishing fourth overall and the fastest Junior rider.
“The team had a pretty good day, so we’re hoping we can continue that. Aside from Thad (Duvall – Husqvarna) having to do a little work to his bike everything was good,” commented USA World Trophy team rider Kailub Russell.
“There’s a long way to go but it’s good to have made a positive start. It was a tough day being in the dust all day. I only had one test that didn't go so well, so I was pleased with how I rode.”
Only 16 seconds adrift of Redondi, Australia’s Daniel Sanders (Yamaha) slotted into fifth. Finland's Henric Stigell (TM) was another notable result filtering through the running order on day one with a highly impressive sixth and second Junior overall.
Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) was the first British rider home in seventh.
With three riders in the top 15, USA hold an overall lead of 26 seconds over Italy. Britain - only a further 30 seconds behind - ensures things are tight at the top of the standings. Spain and Portugal placed fourth and fifth respectively.
Disaster struck defending champs Australia when team member Josh Strang crashed out on lap two with a suspected broken ankle.
Sweden are off to a fast start in the Junior standings leading Italy and Spain by 23 seconds. USA are fourth - a further five seconds back - and Finland complete the top five.
Australia made their intentions known in the Women’s class as they stormed to the overall lead thanks to Tayla Jones taking the win. But it wasn’t plain sailing as team member Jessica Gardiner failed to finish. They can’t afford any more mistakes.
Spain are third while Germany hold third.
With light rain greeting riders at the start of day two, things should hopefully be less dusty for competitors.
World Trophy Team Classification (Top 6)
Junior World Trophy Classification (Top 7)
Women's World trophy Classification
Club Team Classification (Top 8)