News 5 Oct 2016

Australia set for defence of ISDE titles in Spain

World champions Team Australia take on the world again.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Team Australia are slated to defend their titles at next week’s 2016 FIM International Six-Day Enduro in Navarra, Spain, commencing on Tuesday, 11 October.

Australia, who captured overall victories in all three categories last year, will field a 10-rider squad that will see a host of experienced ISDE riders return for the prestigious event, while it was also see the addition of two newcomers.

The World Trophy team will be headed by American-based Josh Strang, multi-time AORC champion Daniel Milner, recently crowned AORC champion Daniel Sanders and AORC regular Lachlan Stanford.

The Junior Trophy team will consist of two new faces with AORC E1 champion Jack Simpson and AORC Junior runner-up Nic Tomlinson joining the squad, while Tom McCormack will represent the country for the third consecutive year.

Australia’s three-time Womens world champion team will remain the same for 2016 as they endeavour to claim a record fourth title. Yamaha’s bLU cRU has stepped up to support the three female riders of Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson and Jessica Gardiner.

While Team Australia are tipped as the favourites, Spain, the United States of America, Italy and Great Britain have submitted equally as strong teams that will challenge them for the title.

Usual championship contenders Team France have opted out of the 2016 event following a controversial week in Slovakia last year that saw an initial penalty dropped later in the week, awarding them the World Trophy. However, several weeks after the event, their penalty was reinstated following an appeal from Team Australia.