KATO REPORT: ISDE DAY 1
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It’s Labor Day in the U.S., which means most people are enjoying a day off.
Team USA is not most people and went to work immediately as the 90th FIM
International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) kicked off in Kosice, Slovakia, this morning.
The result? The U.S. World Trophy team leads that category after Day 1 for
probably the first time in history, thanks to standout performances by Kailub Russell and
Ryan Sipes who led their respective classes and ended up 1-2 overall for the day.
Their four remaining teammates all performed well, too, with Taylor Robert and
Thad Duvall fifth and sixth, respectively, behind Sipes in E2 (250cc two-stroke/450cc
four-stroke) while Gary Sutherlin had trouble adapting to the tight trees and was 18th.
No one else on that team is in E1 (125cc two-stroke/250cc four-stroke) with Russell.
Veteran Mike Brown is again in E3 (300cc two-stroke/650cc four-stroke) where he’s the
lone American and sixth in class.
“I struggled on the first test,” Russell confessed. “I was the first guy into it and it
was a big disadvantage being the first guy into that one, especially with the fast guys
being on later rows.
“Towards the end of the day I picked it up and was riding well. Ryan rode really
well today and so did the rest of the guys so I’m pretty pumped we’re leading. I had a
good day and now it’s time to keep repeating.”