The morning of Day four is always a weary one for riders but reaching the evening’s parc ferme still in tact is certainly a very welcome sight indeed. The light at the end of the tunnel brightens!
*Updated 21.00 Oct 14th*
With three days and about 800 km already clocked up, there was naturally plenty of groans and moans during this morning’s work area. The groggy weather conditions certainly didn’t help as conditions out on course were still slippery from the previous day.
So when your hands are blistered and arse in tatters, the thoughts of putting yourself through another eight-hour day of racing understandably came with a series of mixed emotions - we’re assuming competitors were feeling something similar!
Onwards and upwards and the slippery conditions riders signed off on for day three greeted competitors early on today.
To quote an awesome phrase often used by the awesome Aigar Leok - we’re missing you dude - many riders were like cows trying to walk on ice.
Overall leader Taylor Robert was once first notable rider to act that phrase out by parking his KTM upside down in a tree on the opening enduro test.
Losing 18 seconds in the process, he had a bit of work to do to regroup from that. Come the day’s end that fall was a distant memory as he placed second overall to Giacomo Redondi (Honda) and still maintains his overall lead in general classification.
Day one winner Redondi added another ISDE win to his tally on the CRF500. He was trucking today on the big girl.
Australia’s Daniel Sanders (KTM) was in contention again today with third while Luis Correia (Beta), doing it for Portugal, was fourth. Portugal took a hit today with Goncalo Reis dropping out. They fall from fifth to 14th.
The slippery conditions this morning played right into Danny McCanney’s favour. He won the first enduro test to end today fifth overall. That Husky two-smoker certainly suits him.
Combined with solid scores from teammates Nathan Watson (7th) and Jamie McCanney (8th), Great Britain are up to third overall behind Italy and leaders USA.
He’s been enjoying a cracking week so far, but today Jaromir Romancik stepped it up another notch with not one but two special test wins. A rider worth keeping an eye on. Top job.
It's not been the best day at the office for Ivan Cervantes in 28th. But he’ll be more concerned tonight by his black set of clangers. They’re black as be damned, apparently!
Waiting until the second half of the week to begin to find her groove, Laia Sanz (KTM) laid down the law in the Women’s class with a monster charge.
She blitzed it today with a 63-second win and has taken the overall lead. We’ve got a feeling Sanz is just getting going now, stretching her rally legs.
USA’s Josh Toth again topped the Club classification from Nicolo Bruschi and Andreas Verona.
The Vintage ISDE also got going with the classic guys ripping it down the Navarra race circuit’s start straight for the speed test.
Making the most of a sizeable mistake from team USA’s Taylor Robert - KTM on the day’s opening enduro test, Italy’s World Trophy team rose to the occasion to top the category at the end of another demanding day. With Italy’s four riders more than thirty seconds quicker than the USA’s quartet on the first test alone, a close battle was fought throughout the day with Italy eventually placing fourteen seconds ahead.
Enjoying one of their best days of the event so far Great Britain placed third, just nine seconds behind the USA. Despite their day win Italy still remain second in the World Trophy team classification with the USA one minute and twenty-two seconds ahead. Great Britain hold third ahead of Spain and the Czech Republic.
Sweden’s lead in the Junior World Trophy team competition was slashed from close to two minutes to just twenty-four seconds as the USA’s Trevor Bollinger – Honda, Steward Baylor – KTM and Grant Baylor – Yamaha claimed the day win in style. Finland placed second with Italy third and Sweden – the winning team on days one and three - down in fourth.
With less than half a minute separating the top two teams in the Junior World Trophy competition after four days of intense competition, Italy currently sit third ahead of Finland. Great Britain were the unfortunate losers on day four with Lee Sealey – Yamaha failing to finish, dropping team GB from sixth to fourteenth.
Provisonal General Classification, Day Four (Top 30)
Provisional General Classification, After Day Four (Top 32)
Provisional Women Classification, Day Four
Provisional Women Classification, After Day Four
Provisional Club Classification, Day Four
Provisional Club Classification, After Day Four