THE COUNTDOWN IS OVER – ISDE SLOVAKIA IS HERE!
With technical control in full swing and just days away from the first riders leave the starting line in Košice in Slovakia we take a look at some of the major players in the ISDE…
The highly anticipated running of the 90th edition of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) sees the prestigious event make its home in Košice from 7 to 12 September as the ISDE returns to Slovakia for the first time since 2005.
The longest running and one of the most important events on the international enduro calendar, this year’s race will again welcome riders from all over the World. With enduro sport in Košice dating back to the 1960’s when the first two enduro clubs were founded, Slovakia is keen to show it’s strong, successful and proud enduro history.
As defending champions, France travel to Slovakia eager to capture their fourth consecutive FIM World Trophy team victory. One of enduro’s leading nations in recent times, the six-strong team of Marc Bourgeois – Yamaha, Anthony Boissiere – Sherco, Loic Larrieu – Sherco, Antoine Basset – Sherco, Jeremy Joly – KTM and Mathias Bellino – Husqvarna start the weeklong event with the biggest target on their backs. But unlike in previous years they will not have the advantage of past ISDE individual winners Pela Renet and Christophe Nambotin to help them lead the way.
Runners-up to France in Argentina, USA arrive in Košice chasing their debut ISDE win. Coming close to victory during the last few years, they have learned from their previous mistakes and are determined to make 2015 the year they finally stand on the top step of the ISDE podium.
Third overall in 2014, Spain were somewhat understated in Argentina. Starting their week quietly, they gradually chipped away at a podium result. With all six riders impressing well in the 2015 FIM Enduro World Championship, Spain have the ability to deliver repeated success this year.
Making the long trip from the Southern Hemisphere, Australia are focused on returning to the ISDE podium in 2015. Led by current FIM Enduro 3 World Champion Matt Phillips – KTM, the Australians, like all competitors, will first have to get their riders to the finish of day six of what is expected to be a tough, but enjoyable event.
Determined to deliver an impressive result on home turf, host nation Slovakia have the ability to shake things up. With local knowledge to their advantage, plus the support of their country behind them, the team will be giving it their all to secure a top five result. With a total of 23 nations contesting the FIM World Trophy classification the fight for top honours is set to become an exciting one.
In the FIM Junior World Trophy class, USA’s Grant Baylor – Yamaha, Steward Baylor – KTM, Nicholas David – Husqvarna and Michael Layne – Honda start as defending champions. Worthy winners in 2014, the team are focused on repeating that winning result in Slovakia. However, with teams like France, Germany, Australia, Czech Republic, Finland and Great Britain all in the mix, the battle for victory is too close to call.
In the FIM Women’s World Trophy competition it is Australia who once again look the strongest nation. Simply unbeatable during last year’s edition of the race in Argentina, the Australian trio of Jessica Gardiner – Sherco, Tyla Jones – Yamaha and Jemma Wilson – Yamaha remain unchanged for 2015. USA, Finland, France, Slovakia and Sweden all hope to offer a serious challenge.
The 2015 ISDE takes place in Košice, Slovakia from 7 to 12 September.