Victory for Taylor Robert on a wet and rainy day three of the ISDE in Spain cements his position at the head of the overall standings.
*Updated 22.00 Oct 13th*
It’s proving a memorable week for USA’s Robert with the KTM rider continuing to hold station at the top of the general individual standings over Australia’s Daniel Sanders (KTM) and Spanish sensation Josep Garcia (Husqvarna).
Regarding the World Trophy Teams, separated by just two seconds come the end of the day, Spain and the USA finished as the two fastest World Trophy teams. Italy continued their good form in the event in third with Great Britain and Portugal fourth and fifth separated by 32 seconds on the day.
In the overall World Trophy competition the USA extended their lead to one-minute and 35 seconds over Italy with Spain third, Great Britain fourth and Portugal fifth.
But the talk of day three wasn’t just all about Robert instead more about the weather. Yes, it’s raining and not that old sprinkly soft rain, nope, it’s getting proper wet here. The dust is becoming a thing of the past and beginning to form a sort of mushy paste.
With engines having gotten a proper auld rattle for the past few days, we’re sure the rain is going to become an added strain as weary riders battle their way into the second half of the week.
Like we said Robert ended day three with the biggest smile having claimed the overall win, and his first of the week.
By the mid marker of day three, it was Sanders out front followed by Robert and Portugal’s Luis Correia (Beta). The trio were split by just three seconds at that stage and the top six by just 11 seconds.
Things were oh, so close. And they pretty much continued that way for the rest of the day.
In the end Robert got the glory as Correia secured his best result so far this week with runner-up. Sanders came out worst losing out to Correia by six tenths of a second.
“It was definitely a different kind of day today,” explained Taylor Robert. “I’ve had some good results in slippery, muddy conditions in the World championship races this season so I wasn’t too worried about the conditions. The tests were certainly slippery in places, but I kept mistakes to a minimum and had a good day. It was cool to be riding on some fresh trails. For me it was a great day.”
Danny McCanney, campaigning a 300 two-smoker in this year’s ISDE, had his Husky singing for fourth.
Putting in another consistent ride, Kailub Russell (KTM) was fifth while yesterday’s outright winner Garcia was one-second behind in sixth. Garcia was again the top Junior by a long shot.
Giacomo Redondi (Honda) was seventh while Czech Jaromir Romancik is another guy who enjoyed the wetter conditions bagging a very impressive eighth.
Spaniards Victor Guerrero (KTM) and Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas) completed the top 10 on day three.
In the Women’s class it’s two-for-two for Germany’s Maria Franke as she claimed the overall win from Spain’s Laia Sanz (KTM) and Australia’s Tayla Jones (Yamaha) third. Franke is having a heck of a ride this week.
Sweden continued to lead the way in the Junior World Trophy team competition, winning day three by just over one-minute. Italy managed to finish fifteen seconds ahead of USA with Finland and Great Britain fourth and fifth.
The big news from the day was that Spain dropped from second to sixteenth following the DNF result of one of their riders. At the half way stage of the competition Sweden’s Junior World Trophy team sit one-minute fifty-five seconds ahead of the USA with Italy and France third and fourth respectively.
Australia’s Women claimed a third consecutive class win in the Women’s World Trophy team competition, ending the day ahead of Spain, Germany and the USA. In the overall classification the Aussie trio of Tayla Jones – Yamaha, Jemma Wilson – Yamaha and Jessica Gardiner – Yamaha now sit just under three and a half minutes clear of Spain with Germany in third.
Provisional General Clasification, Day Three (Top 30)
Provisional General Classification After Day Three (Top 30)
Provisional Women's Classification, Day Three
Provisional Women's Classification After Day Three
Provisional Club Classification, Day Three (Top 30)
Provisional Club Classification After Day Three (Top 30)