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 welcome support from Wellard Group Holdings for the U.S. national team’s effort at the International Six Days Enduro in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5. Wellard will also be the title sponsor of a U.S. club team at the event.

“Racing for the ISDE World Trophy is one of the biggest financial and logistical commitments in the sport,” said AMA Off-Road Racing Manager Chuck Weir. “Wellard’s backing helps provide some of the crucial resources that we need to support our racers at this world championship event.”

In addition to buying multiple team jerseys for each U.S. national team rider at the ISDE, the riders on the Wellard Club Team will receive direct financial support to help cover their expenses. Competitors who are interested in riding for the Wellard team must qualify through the U.S. ISDE qualifier program and must pre-register with Wellard here: www.wellard.com.au/589.

Wellard Managing Director Mauro Balzarini has been involved with off-road racing for many years and was a multi-time national enduro champion in his earlier riding career. Balzarini has competed in six ISDEs himself.

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.