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It’s proving to be a dramatic end to this year’s ISDE as Christophe Nambotin battles the pain barrier to keep France in the title hunt.
At the end of day three, things looked good for France. Steadily building up a lead, they were comfortably out front in the FIM World Trophy classification.
But their hopes for victory took a blow on day four when Nambotin suffered a nasty crash on the liaison section.
The result was what we can only describe as a ‘busted’ fourth metatarsal bone on his right hand — the throttle hand crucially.
Digging deep to defend France’s eight-minute lead — remember all four rider’s scores count — Nambotin is soldiering on through day five.
But his pace is noticeably slower and he’s haemorrhaging time to Australia in second with the Frenchman already 90 seconds down after test three.
Whether France will still win this remains to be seen, but we’ve suddenly got a nail-biter of an ending to the 92nd ISDE.
Australia may yet have the last laugh in Brive, France.
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com