The International Six Days Enduro ready to celebrate its 93rd edition in Viña del Mar in Chile, November 12-17.
The enduro world will fix its sights on Viña del Mar in Chile for the 93rd FIM International Six days Enduro (ISDE) kicking off with the opening ceremony this weekend.
Regarded as one of the world’s most prestigious off-road motorcycle competitions, this year’s ISDE will see over four-hundred professional and amateur riders from twenty-five nations compete.
At the head of the entry, France look to defend both their FIM World Trophy and FIM Junior World Trophy titles, while Australia are aiming for a record-breaking sixth consecutive FIM Women’s World Trophy class win.
Returning to South America for the first time since 2014, the FIM’s longest sanctioned race will base itself in the picturesque city of Viña del Mar, just two hours west of the nation’s capital Santiago.
Can France retain their crown?
Ready to successfully defend their FIM World Trophy title, France arrive to Chile with a win clearly in their minds. Following victory on home soil in 2017, they will be pushing hard to shine again in 2018 while honouring their team-mate, Mathias Bellino – recently seriously injured in a Rally accident.
Eager to end their eleven-year drought, Italy’s last taste of FIM World Trophy success came in Chile in 2007. Looking strong on paper with a team peppered with Enduro World Championship contenders, they will use that as added motivation to return to the top step of the podium.
USA and Australia ready to make amends
Following their debut FIM ISDE victory in 2016, the United States Trophy Team know they have the speed to challenge for top honours and after they ducked out of the Trophy competition on day one in France, when Thad Duvall got injured, they will surely be keen to make amends. Likewise, 2015 champions Australia will be equally determined and arrive with a super-strong rider line-up ready to challenge for team and individual honours.
The Czech Republic, Spain, Germany, Sweden, Mexico, Brazil, Argentina and Chile are among those who will fight for a place inside the top five.
Juniors up for a fight
In what was arguably the closest fought category in 2017, the FIM Junior World Trophy class is once again set to be competitive. Last year France claimed a narrow fifteen-second margin of victory over Italy, with the United States third. All three nations meet once again in Chile all hoping to prove that they are the fastest Junior Enduro riders in the world.
Chile, led by newly crowned FIM Enduro Youth World Champion Ruy Barbosa, have a very strong chance of finishing on the podium in their home race. Australia, Argentina, Germany, Portugal, Spain and Sweden are all capable of delivering strong results.
Record sixth victory for Australian women?
As defending champions Australia bid for a record-breaking sixth consecutive win in the FIM Women’s World Trophy category. All told, they have been unstoppable since securing their first victory in Sardinia, Italy back in 2012.
For 2018, long-serving rider Tayla Jones and Jessica Gardiner are joined by debutante Mackenzie Tricker, who replaces the recently retired Jemma Wilson. Eager to keep their winning streak alive, they aim to hold off the attacks from France, United States, Germany, Portugal, Spain, Sweden and Chile.
Different tests for different days:
Riders and teams are already well into their pre-race preparations and test walking routines on the mixture of sandy coastal riding and rocky forestry terrain.
Organisers in Chile have planned three unique and challenging routes to fully test this year’s FIM ISDE competitors:
- The opening two days will see riders tackle the aptly named Pacific Challenge situated along the coastline north of the city.
- Days three and four move inland to uncover a contrasting mixture of rocky terrain.
- Day five is a forestry course around Peñuelas Lake and Wood.
- The sixth and final day of racing concludes with a Motocross test in front of the Pacific Ocean in Viña del Mar.
In total over fourteen hundred kilometres will be covered during this year’s event.
2018 FIM ISDE, Viña del Mar, event details:
Thursday 8th November, from midday: paddock opens.
Saturday 10th November: opening ceremony/parade of the nations.
Monday 12th to Friday 16th November: enduro race days with special tests.
Event start each day is from 8am to 11am at the paddock (Viña del Mar/Estera Marga Marga) with estimated finish times from 4pm to 7pm at the paddock.
Saturday 17th November: final motocross test followed by podium ceremony.
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