The 97th FIM International Six Day Enduro (ISTE) has come to a thrilling conclusion with the USA winning the FIM World Cup. The United States added to their celebration by winning the Women’s FIM World Cup. In a dramatic final cross-check, France won the FIM Junior World Cup.
All week, 6DAYS® belonged to America as Taylor Robert (KTM), Johnny Groyer (KTM), Dante Oliveira (KTM) and Cole Martinez (Honda) made minor mistakes. They decided to end the FIM World Cup race in style, securing victory on the day and making it six wins out of six in San Juan.
With this victory they won the FIM World Cup for the third time. As a driver from scratch, it was an emotional moment for Robert. The American announced his retirement from professional racing after the race.
“It’s been a dream week for us,” said an emotional Robert. “We did everything right every day and we’re trying to get all four of our drivers into the top ten as often as possible. It’s been an incredible journey for me. I helped America win our first ISDE in 2016 and now this will be my last. I’m sad to see this chapter come to an end. . AI am very happy that I finished with a high standard. ISDE is an incredible race!
In the overall rankings, France finished second ahead of the United States, while defending champions Great Britain finished third. Chile had a memorable fourth place finish, while Venezuela was the only team to have all four riders finish fifth.
France wins dramatic FIM Junior World Cup final
The final day of racing at the Junior World Cup was a smooth one. Sweden went into the final cross-check with a twenty minute lead and were therefore clear favorites to win. But halfway through the race Albin Norbin’s bike suffered a technical problem. Their lead was lost as his teammates sacrificed their results to help him.
France proved that 6DAYS® isn’t over by winning the FIM Junior World Cup. The USA won on day six and finished second, with a disappointed Sweden dropping to third. Argentina are pleased to finish fourth, while the Czech Republic completes the top five.
“Winning the junior category is incredible,” said Frenchman Thibaut Graton (Sherko). We can’t thank our team enough for their support throughout the week. We were sorry to see the Swedish team retire like that at the end, but that’s how it is sometimes in racing. We feel sorry for them, but we are happy to celebrate this victory.
The USA won the FIM Women’s World Cup for the fourth time
With a four-hour lead in the FIM Women’s World Cup, the USA entered the final cross-check on day six as the chosen winners. Brandy Richards (KTM), Corey Steed (KTM) and Rachel Guttisch (GASGAS) stuck to the script and took the win in their class for the day. The USA has now won the FIM Women’s World Cup four times.
“It’s been a very busy week,” Richards said. “We focused all week on keeping our bikes and bodies in good shape. We drove hard but always focused on getting to the finish with the three drivers. I am very proud of what we accomplished this week and will remember this ISDE for a long time.
In an incredible race, only the US reached the final with three riders. Despite losing a rider on day four, Australia regrouped and finished the week in second place. Team FIM Latin America fought its way to the finish line and secured its first podium result with third place. France and Argentina rounded out the top five.
Jorge Garcia earned his third individual victory in a row at 6DAYS®
When the start signal was given for the traditional final cross test, it was Dante Oliveira (KTM) who won the sixth day. Behind him, in second place, Spaniard Joseph Garcia (KTM) did everything he needed to take the overall victory in the individual classification of this year’s 6DAYS®.
After six days of incredible racing, Garcia took his third consecutive 6DAYS® overall win by one minute and nine seconds over Italian Andrea Verona (GASGAS). The next three spots went to the USA: Dante Oliveira (KTM) third, Taylor Robert (KTM) fourth and Johnny Groer (KTM) fifth.
“Winning the overall individual championship for three years is a dream come true,” Garcia said. It’s been an incredible week, one of the hardest ISDE races I’ve done, but now it’s time to celebrate!”
In the Enduro1 race, Garcia was the clear winner, winning the category by twelve minutes. Frenchman Theo Espinasse (Beta) was second and Briton Jed Etchells (Fantique) third. Verona took the overall win in Enduro2. Oliveira finished second and Robert third.
Alpin Norpin (Fantique) had to bury his hopes of winning Enduro3 due to a technical problem in the final cross-test. Frenchman Loic Laurieu (KTM) took the dice and took the win. In South America, Chilean Ben Herrera (GASGAS) finished second, while Frenchman Julien Roussali (Schergo) completed the podium.
XC Gear won the Club Team Award
In the Club Team Award, XC Gear won the day at 6DAYS® this year. The trio of Josh Toth (GASGAS), Ryan Surratt (Honda) and Austin Serba (KTM) were unstoppable in San Juan this week, leading the day-to-day standings. There was still more to celebrate for Toth, who took the overall win in the individual club team award.
“It’s been an epic week,” Toth said. “The team played brilliantly and gave their best every day. It’s an incredible feeling to be on top of the stage.”
XC Gear joined GTBN on the podium, and Argentina’s home team rounded out the top three. Steve Hatch Racing POTM and BBW finished fourth and fifth.
With the conclusion of the ninety-seventh FIM International Six Days Enduro, the countdown to next year’s 6DAYS® in Spain now begins.
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