KTM Factory Racing’s Robert Leads U.S. World Trophy Team to ISDE Victory in Spain

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Taylor Robert led the U.S. team to victory in the 91st running of the ISDE in Spain.

Taylor Robert led the U.S. team to victory in the 91st running of the ISDE in Spain.

The 2016 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) culminated in Navarra, Spain on Sunday where the USA World Trophy Team secured its first-ever team victory in the 91-year history of the event. Led by individual overall winner – KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert – the World Trophy Team consisted of Factory FMF KTM Racing’s Kailub Russell and Husqvarna-backed riders Thad DuVall (E3) and Layne Michael (E1).

As a strong competitor for the USA World Trophy Team in the past, Robert lined up in the E2 classification aboard a KTM 350 EXC-F alongside his teammate, Russell, who piloted the same machine in the same class. Both riders began the six-day event strongly as they maintained top positions throughout the rest of the special tests.

Robert’s perfect combination of speed and consistency earned the Arizona native the highest individual honors, marking the second-consecutive year for an American to win the ISDE overall. Robert also topped the E2 classification.

Robert: “It was a stressful last few days – this is a huge deal for me and for the USA. I kept trying to tell myself that everything would work out but I know anything can happen during the final motos. This is my sixth ISDE and it feels so good to have won with the USA team and to also get the overall individual result. The team has been great, we’ve been getting closer and closer to this year-on-year. This one is for Kurt Caselli.”

The U.S. Trophy team enjoys the spoils of victory.

The U.S. Trophy team enjoys the spoils of victory.

Russell finished a respectable 2nd place in the E2 class behind his teammate Robert, while securing 7th overall in the individual running.

Russell: “It was very challenging mentally to not go after test-wins every time but we understood the ultimate goal, which was to bring home the team victory. I can remember when I was scared to death of the ISDE and now I’m part of the first winning USA team and it’s a good feeling. I wish our good friend Kurt was here to share such an amazing feat.”

Steward Baylor Jr. led the U.S. Junior team to a second place finish.

Following a hard-fought week of racing, the Junior World Trophy Team finished only 45 seconds behind Sweden to place 2nd in the team classification. SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. led the team in the E2 class, while Honda rider Trevor Bollinger represented in the E1 class and Yamaha rider Grant Baylor competed in the E2 class.

Full results and standings can be found on the official 2016 ISDE website: http://www.fim-isde2016.es/en/home/.

2016 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE)
October 11-16
Navarra, Spain

 Individual Overall Standings

  1. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, 3:22:46.6, (E2 class)
  2. Daniel Sanders (AUS), KTM, +17.90, (E3)
  3. Josep Garcia Montana (ESP), HQV, +46.24, (E1)
  4. Giacomo Redondi (ITA), HON, +1:14.05, (E3)
  5. Luis Correia (PRT) BET, +1:28.70, (E3)
  6. Daniel McCanney (GBR), YAM, +2:20.15, (E3)
  7. Kailub Russell (USA), KTM, +2:35.86, (E2)
  8. Jamie McCanney (GBR), YAM, +3:27.33, (E2)
  9. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, +3:50.62, (E1)
  10. Jonathan Barragan (ESP), GAS, +4:04.32, (E1)

 World Trophy Standings

  1. USA (Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell, Thad DuVall, Layne Michael), 13:46:40.93
  2. Great Britain (Daniel McCanney, Jamie Lewis, Nathan Watson, Jamie McCanney), +03:38.66
  3. Czech Republic (Ondrej Helmich, Patrik Markvart, Jaromir Romancik, Jiri Hadek) +29:42.34

Junior World Trophy Standings

  1. Sweden (Micke Persson, Albin Elowson, Jesper Borjesson), 10:30:55.71
  2. USA (Steward Baylor Jr., Trevor Bollinger, Grant Baylor), +00:45.23
  3. Italy (Davide Soreca, Matteo Pavoni, Matteo Cavallo), +04:21.50

Women’s World Trophy Standings

  1. Australia (Jessica Gardiner, Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson), 7:57:39.29
  2. Spain (Laia Sanz, Mireia Badia, Sandra Gomez), +03:48.67
  3. Germany (Maria Franke, Vanessa Danz, Heike Petrick), +18:08.46
  4. USA (Rachel Gutish, Nicole Bradford, Tarah Gieger), +32:01.43