News 15 Oct 2016

Sanders continues to shine on day four of the ISDE

bLU cRU-backed Women's team maintains lead in Spain.

Source: Supplied.

Source: Supplied.

Day four of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) provided plenty of close racing as rain overnight saw the tracks wet early in the morning, but as the sun shone over the Navarra venue the dusty conditions surfaced in the afternoon’s racing.

Daniel ‘Chucky’ Sanders has continued in his exciting battle remaining first in the overall E3 standings, seconds in front of Italian competitor Giacomo Redondi. First place in the outright standings lengthened their lead on Sanders, but remaining in second there is still two days for the KTM-mounted rider to make it up.

A highlight of the day was Husqvarna’s Lachlan Stanford’s performance in the final test, which saw him clinch 17th position after what was an up and down day. Stanford sits 13th in the E1 classification so far.

The Yamaha bLU cRU Women’s Trophy Team strengthened their lead on their competition, but with strong push-back from both the German’s and Spanish teams, it was not an easy ride throughout the day. Providing plenty of anticipation for the remainder of the competition the Women’s Trophy Team lead by almost 2m23s.

That rivalry got the better of Tayla Jones on day four as unfortunately the Yamaha-mounted rider dropped in her individual outright standings, now sitting third. But with the support of the Australian team and with determination seen in Jones, she still has two days left to reel in the opposing women.

It was Jessica Gardiner today who stole the show after her difficult starts at the beginning of the ISDE event. Gardiner finished in fourth for the day in the Women’s class and despite battling the flu rode to a stunning finish.

The Junior Trophy Team had a similar day to yesterday remaining on the same tests and trails to battle it out. Tom McCormack has definitely found his Spanish groove with another flying day on-board his Yamaha machine.

All competitors have been improving with the more time that is spent on the bike, McCormack now sits 21st in the E2 class. KTM’s Jack Simpson now sits in 19th in E1, just six positions behind Senior Trophy Team member Lachlan Stanford. And after a less than ideal day yesterday, Nic Tomlinson has taken it in his stride and has consistently improved to sit 15th in E3.

Tomorrow teams will enter day five facing new tracks and test seeing them face a course just over two hundred kilometres. As well as one that will feature six special tests, a mix of trails will round out the remaining battle fields, all used in the previous four days of competition.