The U.S. World Trophy Teams have successfully completed day one of the 2022 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Le Puy-En-Velay, France. U.S. JR. World Trophy Team rider Cody Barnes suffered a costly mechanical failure with his Honda taking him out of the event and the U.S. JR. team out of the overall standings.
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With only 26 seconds separating the top four countries, the U.S. World Trophy Team has positioned themselves right in the mix after day one. As the only foursome to all finish within the 33-minute mark, the Americans delivered a consistent performance to finish a fighting fourth on the opening day. It was FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Dante Oliveira who highlighted the team’s efforts in his World Trophy debut, finishing a slight .15 seconds ahead of veteran teammate, Kailub Russell, after the first five tests. Oliveira slated three top-10 test finishes to position himself ninth overall after day one, with Russell finishing close in tow for 10th. FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Josh Toth had a slow start to the day but he finished strong with a pair of eighths in the last two tests. Toth sits 19th overall after day one, just a few spots behind American teammate Layne Michael (Yamaha), in 13th.
Layne Michael had this to say about his day:
“I wanted to go out and do well but at the same time I didn’t want to overdo it and loose time by crashing. Struggled the first test and was a bit frustrated just felt off but then I rebounded pretty well and rode well the next couple. Honestly I didn’t have a great day; I just felt like I missed a lot of corners and was overshooting stuff, but overall we didn’t loose time by being on the ground and we’re all healthy. Not the day I wanted but we’re (the team) sitting in a good position we’re all really close so I’m looking forward to tomorrow; the tracks will be a bit more rough and have some more lines burnt in.”
Kaliub Russel commented :
“I’m 100% on the bike. Getting ready for 6 Days I had a pretty good game plan, and then I blew my knee out right in the middle of that so, I’m pretty prepared but not like I feel like I could have been, or should be, but I was really excited because I had a long time to focus on this but then this happened and it was pretty much heart breaking. But yea it is what it is and so I’m trying to get back into that mindset of going fast and just sprinting. I’m pretty happy with the day and just staying on two wheels, I rode pretty conservative and I feel like I have a bit more but I’m just trying to keep it on two wheels and mitigate my chances and risks out there. I’d like to be a bit closer to the top, I think I’m right in that realm there but if I could find 3-4 seconds I’d be super stoked.”
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