ISDE PREVIEW

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The 90th running of the International Six Days of Enduro is set to start Monday in Kosice, Slovakia. The American team has arrived, the bikes have been unloaded and tested, and the special tests have been walked. The captain of the U.S Trophy team is Mike Brown, and he will be joined by last year’s top American, Kailub Russell, Taylor Robert, Thad Duval, Ryan Sipes and Gary Sutherlin. Sipes is a replacement for originally announced Zach Osborne, who couldn’t attend. Gary Sutherlin is on the Trophy Team for the first time, after proving himself by being the top club rider in Argentina last year.

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Taylor Robert in Argentina last year.
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Mike Brown will be the captain of the U.S. Trophy Team

A total of 31 Americans will be riding this year. The six men of the Trophy Team are the elite riders, but there are also competitions for younger riders, for women and for club riders who eared a spot on the team through the Qualifier series in the U.S. The four-man Junior World team consists of riders who are 23 year-old or younger. Last year, the U.S. won this class, and two of those riders will be returning in hopes of repeating. Steward Baylor and brother Grant Baylor will be joined by Layne Michael and last-minute addition Nicolas Davis. Davis replaces the injured Justin Jones, who was the leader of this team last year.

The woman’s team will have veteran Mandi Mastin, with Rachel Gutish and Jamie Wells. Additionally, there is a three-man club team that is reserved for riders who are over 40. The most significant news on this team is who isn’t on it. Jeff Fredette stepped aside after his 34th ISDE last year, a record that is unequaled by any rider, anywhere. His place as most accomplished rider on the team place is assumed by Fred Hoess, who rode his first Six-Days in 1984.

Slovkia last hosted the ISDE in 2005, when the top individual was David Knight. After a long hiatus from the ISDE, Knight will be returning to lead a very strong British Trophy team, which includes Jamie McCanney, who has a shot at the overall himself. Other top individuals to watch are France’s Mathias Bellino and Australia’s Matthew Phillips. Noticeably absent is Christophe Namotin from Finland, while France is going without Antoine Meo and Pierre Alexandre Renet.

Even so, France still is favored in the world trophy competition, but no one can discount either the Americans or the Australians. It will be a very interesting week.

 

 

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Jake Miller photo.

 

 

 

 

 

WORLD TROPHY TEAM

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Jubal Brown gets his race face on. Jake Miller photo.

Mike Brown
Thad Duvall
Taylor Robert
Kailub Russell
Ryan Sipes
Gary Sutherlin

JUNIOR TROPHY TEAM

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The U.S. team has over 100 supporters who made the trip. Jake Miller photo.

Grant Baylor
Steward Baylor
Nick Davis
Layne Michael

WOMEN’S TROPHY TEAM

Rachel Gutish
Mandi Mastin
Jamie Wells

SENIOR CLUB TEAM (TEAM ELIZABETH SCOTT)

Jayson Densley
Fred Hoess
Brian Storrie

BOISE RIDGE RIDERS CLUB TEAM

Kale Elworthy
Skyler Howes
AJ Lehr

ERIC CLEVELAND CLUB TEAMAmbience - FIM ISDE 2015 Kosice

Jubal Brown
Geoffrey Sanders
Dillon Sheppard

GOFASTERS.COM CLUB TEAMAmbience - FIM ISDE 2015 Kosice

Reid Brown
Nathan Ferderer
Brian Garrahan

MO MUDDERS CLUB TEAM

Ryan Kudla
Michael Pillar
Kyle McDonal

TONY AGONIS CLUB TEAM

Benjamin Kelley
John Kelley
Joshua Toth

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