The 2019 running of the International Six Day Enduro wrapped up over the weekend, and the US men’s and women’s World Trophy teams won their respective categories.
This year’s edition of the ISDE ran in Portimao, Portugal, with enduro teams from around the world battling it out in tough terrain. The men’s US World Trophy team didn’t manage to get into the lead until the third day of competition; the Australian RecoveR8 team was the early front-runners. But after they got up front mid-way through the event, Ryan Sipes, Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Steward Baylor hung on for the win. It was the first FIM World Trophy win for the KTM-mounted men’s team since the 2016 competition, which had been their first-ever victory.
The Portuguese host team was fourth overall, and the Belgian team ended in fifth.
RecoverR8 actually won the sixth day’s racing, but couldn’t make up the points gap, and ended second overall, nine minutes and 13 seconds back. The Italian team was third.
In the women’s category, Rebecca Sheets, Brandy Richards (both on KTM) and Tarah Gieger (on a Honda) won the FIM Women’s World Trophy. The last time the women’s team won was 2007. The German team was second in this category, and then the British team. The Australian team had won here for the past six years, but was finally denied.
However, the Aussies weren’t totally shut out, as the RecoverR8 team won the FIM Junior World Trophy.
Next year, the 95th running of the ISDE will take place in Italy.