mullins-KTM-ISDE-10-9-13Sardinia, Italy – The USA Trophy Team earned 2nd overall at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) held on the island of Sardinia. This marked the first 2nd place position for Team USA since 1982.

The six-rider team consisted of KTM riders Kurt Caselli, Mike Brown and Charlie Mullins as well as Thad Duvall, Zach Osborne and Taylor Robert. The team members started off on day one with great times and remained consistent throughout the week with top results.

At the end of day five, the team was sitting in 2nd position and just needed a few good motocross results in order to secure their podium position. Osborne went out and won the first E1 moto, Mullins secured 3rd overall in the E2 class and Brown finished the day off with a moto win in the E3 segment to clinch the 2nd place position for the team.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association thanks and congratulates the 31 riders who represented the United States at the 2013 International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

The highlight of the U.S. effort was the runner-up finish of the U.S. World Trophy Team of Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Zach Osborne and Taylor Robert. The second-place overall finish matched the U.S. squad’s best result ever in the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme World Championship event. Robert, who raced the E2 class, was the highest finishing American at the event.

“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of off-road motorcycle competition, and it is one of motorsport’s truly historic events,” said AMA President and CEO Rob Dingman. “The American riders, their support crew and all contributors to this world-class effort excelled in Sardinia and demonstrated that the United States is prepared to compete among the best off-road racers in the world.”

MEO-Isde-KTM-Day-one-10-1-13World E1 Champion Antoine Meo made a solid start to the Sardegna ISDE 2013 on Monday after settling in to ride in the E3 class in place of injured KTM factory teammate Christophe Nambotin. The Six Days classic is being held on the Italian island of Sardinia.

Meo was riding with Johnny Aubert, Pela Renet and Jeremy Joly on Day One for the title-holding French team, which led USA and Australia in the World Trophy by more than a minute at the end of competition. Italy, Spain and Britain were ranked in that order.

With Meo easing himself in the E3 class riding Nambotin’s KTM 300 EXC, the day’s top individual rider in the World Trophy was Australian Daniel Milner. KTM Factory Team boss Fabio Farioli confirmed Meo only had a chance to test the bike the day before competition started. He said he expected him to be faster as the week continues. Although new to the bike, Meo still topped E3 and was third fastest overall on Day One, trailing Milner by just six seconds. Meo also won tests four and five (of six tests) on the opening day. French teammate Johnny Aubert of the KTM Factory team was third in the E2 class and fourth overall at the end of day one. KTM’s Spanish factory riders Cristobal Guerrero was second fastest E1 rider and  Ivan Cervantes finished fourth in E2.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 88th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Zach Osborne and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers in the world in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

“We are honored to once again contest the ISDE and chase the American dream of winning this prestigious event,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “We are excited about our entire team for 2013, not just the World Trophy Team but all the American riders. We fully expect to achieve our goal of a team world championship at the ISDE this September.”

Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM’s off-road racing teams in North American competition, manages the U.S. ISDE team.

AMA-logo-230PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to make the 2013 International Six Days Enduro fund-raising shirts available for purchase. Proceeds from the shirts support the U.S. effort in the ISDE in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.

“Competing in the ISDE is a major logistical effort, and it’s very expensive on both a rider and team level,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir, who also serves as the team’s jury delegate to the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme for the event. “All fans who would like to be part of the effort to get our best riders to this historic event are encouraged to purchase a 2013 fund-raising shirt and back our run at the world title.”

France continued its charge towards total domination of the Red Bull ISDE in Saxony Germany on the fourth day on Thursday and is now leading the World Trophy, the World Junior Trophy and the women’s World Trophy going into the penultimate day in Saxony, Germany.

Three top KTM factory riders and Christophe Nambotin, the E3 World Champion, Antoine Meo, the E2 World Champion and leading E2 rider Johnny Aubert are anchoring the French World Trophy Team and they are currently the fastest three individual riders. Meo has been the leader in past days but he relinquished the advantage to Nambotin today and now trails him by just 7 seconds.

Australia is second in the World Trophy but now have a deficit of 32 minutes on the leader. Lead rider Toby Price, KTM’s Australian Offroad Champion slipped to ninth overall but is riding with a bent wheel and cracked ribs. Another one of their riders, Glenn Kearney was riding with a badly gashed leg, an injury he suffered on Day Three. Italy, Finland – with KTM factory rider Eero Remes (E1), currently fifth fastest overall and Spain are in places 3-5. The USA World Trophy Team, also heavy with KTM USA factory riders slipped to seventh place and KTM USA reported that KTM rider Charlie Mullins was riding with an injured shoulder. Mullins obviously put in a massive effort throughout the day and finished fastest in the final test.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 87th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Robert Garrison, Charlie Mullins and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers from other countries in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 24-29.

“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of world off-road competition, and winning this prestigious event has long been an American dream,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “For 2012, we have taken our program to an entirely new level, and we’re going to Germany with one goal in mind: making that dream a reality and standing on the
top of the box this September.”

The ISDE effort this year is managed by Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM North America’s off-road racing teams in U.S.-based series.

“I’m very excited about this year’s Trophy Team,” said Kallonen, whose own professional racing career included competition in the FIM Motocross World Championship. “We
were able to assemble a very fast team. We have a few new riders on the team and  they have proved their speed in our national series. And with manufacturers on
board, all the riders have full support behind them, so they can focus only on racing. This year’s Six Days will have some of the stiffest competition we have seen in
years, but with our team, we have good chance to be on top.”

Lake Arrowhead, CA – Hammerking Productions has announced the competitor list for the greatly anticipated King of the Motos slated to take place on February 9th.  The event is an extreme enduro combining an updated course of approximately 65 miles of high-speed desert racing and ten plus miles of brutal rocks.  Co-promoters Dave Cole and Jimmy Lewis designed the race to be a fair playing field for all racers as no outside assistance is allowed.

The rider list is who’s who in the enduro and trials world.  Rounding out the roster is Kurt Caselli, National Hare & Hound Champion and ISDE class winner, Kendall Norman, also a National Hare & Hound Champ and Baja 1000 winner, Mike Brown, AMA National Motocross Champion and WORCS Champ, Cody Webb, National Trials Champion, X-Games Gold Medalist Chris Ridgeway, Cory Graffunder, Canadian National Enduro Champion and Graham Jarvis, World Trials competitor and extreme enduro specialist.

Irvine, Calif. – Monster Energy Kawasaki’s Taylor Robert headed deep into the thick forests of Washougal, Wash., for Round 7 of the World Off Road Championship Series and finished third overall after going 4-3 on the weekend. All season the off-road team had been looking forward to the race at Washougal MX Park with its beautiful scenery, nice weather, and challenging off-road elements. Once the gate dropped, they found the course much more challenging with heavy silt and blinding dust quickly enveloping the tight, mountainous course. Justin Soule’ rode solid both days to finish 5-4 and took fifth overall. Destry Abbott, fresh off the plane from the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Finland, maintained a fast pace to finish eighth overall after going 8-8 on the weekend.

Getting the Jump
After the track walk, Robert knew the key to winning at Washougal was getting good starts. With the track loaded with silt, whoever got out front early would have a clear track and the clear advantage. Robert got good starts both days, but was not able to get to the front of the pack. He maintained a fast pace despite near zero visibility and battled his way to a third-place finish.

“The track was really dusty and very one-lined,” said Robert. “The key to winning up here is getting the holeshot, so you could get in front of the dust and get into a groove. On Friday I got a good start, my KX™450F launched out of the gate, but my wheel spun a little because I was too far forward and I got pinched off going around the first turn and ended up around sixth. I was able to get around a couple guys on the first lap and moved into fourth. I tried to push past (Mike) Brown several times, but just couldn’t see at all and ended up making a mistake and clipping a tree. It was hard to make up time after falling behind because once you got close to someone you couldn’t see anything unless you were right on their back tire. On Saturday, I got a decent start and by the end of the moto portion of the track I was in fourth. I eventually got around Brown and ended up finishing in third. I went 4-3 for the weekend which wasn’t bad, but it could have gone better. I just have to go back down to the southwest and finish strong in the last three rounds of the WORCS season.”

Eye On the Prize
Soule’ is a serious competitor whose impressive speed and ability make him a threat anywhere he lines up. Although he got a good jump off the gate both days, he found himself continuously getting knocked off his line by competitors. With his sights set on the EnduroCross championship, as well as three more rounds of WORCS, Soule’ rode smart all weekend to finish healthy and in the top five.

“My KX450F felt really good and had plenty of power, but I needed to ride more aggressive and not get pushed around so much,” said Soule’. “On Friday, I got a pretty good start, but I wasn’t aggressive enough and ended up in second around the first turn. A couple turns later I got pushed to the outside of a turn and lost a few more positions.  When we went into the off road portion of the track I got caught in a bottle neck where a guy crashed right in the middle of the trail, and lost a little more ground. I ended up finishing in fifth, but I really lost it right at the beginning, that first lap was so crucial. On Saturday, I wheelied too much off the gate and got pinched off into seventh going around the first turn. I was able to get a few spots back in the first lap and moved into fifth. After that everyone got pretty spread out and I ended up racing by myself for the rest of the race. I moved up a spot after another rider in front of me dropped out or crashed, so I ended up finishing fourth. I was fifth overall for the weekend, and felt like I rode good, but just got beat straight up. I’m happy that I’m leaving this round healthy and am looking forward to the upcoming EnduroCross event in Indianapolis.”

Picking Them Off
After grabbing a gold medal at the ISDE in Finland, Abbott had barely been back in the US for three days before lining up in Washougal. Because he excels in the more technical off-road type of courses, Abbott was looking forward to racing through this technical course which wraps through the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Although he didn’t get the best starts, Abbott maintained a fast pace and blasted through the near zero visibility to finish eighth overall.

“I really like this course because you have to be patient, pick good lines, and stand up a lot,” said Abbott. “The only downfall is that it was really hard to pass because it was so tight. I didn’t get good starts this weekend, but I think if I would’ve had a clear track I had the speed to finish in the top-five. I literally passed around fifteen people this weekend and only got passed a couple times. Friday didn’t go very well for me. I spun really bad off the gate, and was in dead last coming around the first turn. I tried to make passes in the motocross portion of the track because once we got into the off-road portion it was literally single file with people stopped in the middle of the track because of the limited visibility. I just kept picking guys off and by the fourth lap I moved into seventh and kept trying to get around (Gary) Sutherlin. I felt like I was riding fast and kept reeling him in, but with three laps left I crashed pretty hard, lost a spot, and ended up finishing in eighth. On Saturday, I got another bad start, and ended up at the back of the pack. This is a tough track to come from behind, but I was able to work my way up to seventh before the finish. I’m pretty disappointed that I finished eighth overall. Honestly, I thought I was going to do better than what I did, but all I did was work from the back every single race. Overall I really like this track and especially enjoyed all the fans that came out to cheer us on in the woods. For me the last four weeks have been wide-open with the X Games, ISDE, and WORCS, so I’m looking forward to a few weeks off with my family before the EnduroCross event in Ontario.”

Green Stampede
With seven of the 10 round WORCS season already in the books, the KX450F has proven to be the most consistent bike on the circuit. With a top tier contingency payout program, unparalleled trackside support, and a machine that’s proven itself from Supercross to the ISDE, its no wonder 80 percent of the top-10 riders in the WORCS series were riding Kawasaki KX450Fs.

Headed to the Crossroads of America
Next week the Monster Energy Kawasaki off-road team heads to Indianapolis, Ind., for Round 3 of the AMA EnduroCross series at Pepsi Coliseum. Currently tied for third in points, Soule’ will be working hard to grab another podium and move up the leaderboard. Robert will also be looking to grab his first EnduroCross podium and move into the top ten in points. Abbott will be taking the weekend off, after four weeks of non-stop action, but will reconvene with the team in three weeks for Round 4 of the EnduroCross series in Ontario, Calif.

PICKERINGTON, Ohio — The American Motorcyclist Association (AMA) is pleased to welcome the support of Moose Racing and Parts Unlimited to the U.S. effort at the 2011 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE). A U.S. squad of 28 riders will take on the best off-road racers in the world Aug. 8-13 in Kotka-Hamina, Finland.

“Although the race itself is only six days, it takes 365 days and considerable effort by numerous volunteers to make the ISDE program a reality,” said AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Chuck Weir. “Without the support of companies like Moose Racing, Parts Unlimited and others, it wouldn’t be possible. As a brand that represents off-road racing to its core, Moose Racing is a perfect complement to the U.S. team effort.”

As part of their sponsorship, Moose Racing, a Parts Unlimited brand, will provide each member of the U.S. team, including all club team, women’s team, Junior Trophy Team and Trophy Team riders, with a top-of-the-line Expedition Jacket.

“Moose Racing and Parts Unlimited are once again very proud to be an integral part of the U.S. National Team at this year’s ISDE in Finland,” said Moose Racing General Manager Brad Kruckenberg. “For well over a decade, Moose Racing has been sponsoring off-road racing series throughout the U.S., along with the championship teams and racers participating in them. The ISDE represents the pinnacle of achievement for these participants and a reward for their hard work and dedication.

“In addition to outfitting our sponsored riders with the superior gear that Moose Racing has always been known for, this year we wanted to take it up a notch and let the entire team know how proud we are to be associated with all of them,” Kruckenberg added. “Every U.S. team member will be the proud recipient of a Moose Racing Expedition Jacket customized with their name and this year’s ISDE information. It’s just another way for us to give a little something back to those who thrill us with their exceptional abilities week in and week out.”

Moose Racing and Parts Unlimited join Arai, Spectro and Motion Pro as supporters of the U.S. ISDE team.

America’s motorcyclists can help support the U.S. ISDE team, and look good while doing it, by buying an official U.S. ISDE T-Shirt. All proceeds support the massive effort necessary to transport the riders, bikes and crew to and from Finland. To buy a shirt, just visit the AMA’s online store at AmericanMotorcyclist.com > ISDE Team Info > Buy An Official T-Shirt.

For more information on the U.S. ISDE team, please visit AmericanMotorcyclist.com.