DAILY DIARY – ISDE SLOVAKIA, DAY ONE
After many months of preparation, planning and waiting, the 2015 ISDE is finally go.
USA’s Kailub Russell hit the ground running on day one and quickly became the man to beat. On fire in the States in GNCC land, Russell is hungry to prove he’s also got what it takes between the special test timing beams.
Matt Phillips is one of numerous riders to switch things up for the ISDE. He’s jumped into Enduro 2 and onto a four-stroke for Slovakia. Fourth in class on day one, expect Phillips to improve when he finds his feet.
The ISDE means a lot of things but one of them we love is that riders get back on the tools for bike maintenance. Knowing your spanners really sorts the men out from the boys.
Mathias Bellino spent the majority of day one cursing his rookie mistake. Accidentally hitting the starter button of his Husqvarna saw him gain a one-minute penalty before the race even began.
Team Scotland represent!
Every nation – no matter how big or small – received a great welcome to Košice at the official presentation, but naturally host nation Slovakia stole the show.
Team Great Britain were dealt a cruel blow on the opening test. Team rider Joe Wootton – debuting in the ISDE – crashed awkwardly and broke his leg. Now down to five riders they can’t afford any further losses. Get well soon Joe.
Jessica Gardiner is back in action following a recent injury layoff. Still nursing her injured wrist she isn’t yet at her best but it didn’t stop Team Australia leading home the Women’s Trophy class on day one.
After days of hot weather a drop of rain was just the ticket needed to ensure conditions were prime for racing on day one.
David Knight launches his big Katoom over one of the many jumps in Košice. It’s awesome to see Knighter back on track at the ISDE.
Australia weren’t hanging about on day one. They lead both the Junior and Women’s Trophy classes and the World Trophy team are currently second.
Britain’s Jamie McCanney had the bit between his teeth on day one. Fourth overall and second in Enduro 1 marked a cracking start to his week.
With out the services of Alex Salvini, Simone Albergoni and Giacomo Redondi (2nd right) Team Italy have a somewhat depleted team in Slovakia.
Finland’s Eero Remes eyes up the start of day one. Ending day one fourth in E1, he’s got a bit of work to do to catch Russell.
Team USA are desperate to finally clinch that elusive ISDE win. Ending day one as the outright leaders has put them right on track of achieving that goal.