At the end of the 2015 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Slovakia, France has been crowned the FIM World Trophy team winners. Successfully defending their ISDE title, at the end of a long, hard and physically demanding week of racing France secured their fourth consecutive World Trophy win.
Delivering the victory for France in Kosice, Marc Bourgeois – Yamaha, Anthony Boissiere – Sherco, Loic Larrieu – Sherco, Antoine Basset – KTM, Jeremy Joly – KTM and Mathias Bellino – Husqvarna topped the standings by one minute following twenty-one hours of special test racing.
Despite winning day six, Australia was unable to gain enough of an advantage on their French rivals and claimed the runner-up result. Repeating their podium result of 2014, Spain ended a difficult and tiring race in third overall. With Italy fourth, Great Britain completed the top five.
In the FIM Junior World Trophy team competition the day belonged to Australia. Finally ending a twenty-year winless streak, Australia secured the top step of the podium. Maintaining their comfortable advantage at the head of the field, they signed off on the weeklong race in style by securing the win on day six.
Knowing that it would take a lot of luck to overhaul Australia for victory, Sweden delivered a safe ride during the final motocross races to end the ISDE as runners up. In the battle for the final step of the podium, Italy held off a late charge by France to place third. Despite giving it their best effort on the final day, France had to be content with fourth while Great Britain finished just over two minutes behind the French in fifth.
Making it a hat trick of victories, Australia were the clear winners of the FIM Women’s World Trophy team competition. With an insurmountable advantage over their rivals, Australia yet again recorded the class win – their sixth of the week – to remain undefeated in Slovakia. Behind Australia, France ended their race in second. Completing the top three, Sweden joined Australia and France on the podium in third. Finland and USA rounded out the top five.
Delivering a start-to-finish victory in the final motocross, Spain’s Josep Garcia – Husqvarna was the winner of the Enduro 1 class on day six. Chasing him home for second, Great Britain’s Jamie McCanney – Husqvarna capped off what has been a fantastic week to secure the overall class win. With the fight for the runner-up result going down to the wire, France’s Anthony Boissiere – Sherco did enough to beat Spain’s Cristobal Guerrero – Yamaha by five seconds to place second.
Ending his ISDE in style, USA’s Ryan Sipes – Husqvarna signed off with a confident win in the Enduro 2 class on day six. The race win ensured Sipes his debut outright individual ISDE victory. Providing the closest challenge to Sipes in Slovakia, Australia’s Daniel Milner – Yamaha closed out the ISDE as runner-up to the American. France’s Loic Larrieu – Sherco completed the top three.
Italy’s Davide Guarneri – TM was the runaway winner of the Enduro 3 class on day six. Ending what has been an incredible performance in Kosice, Australia’s Daniel Sanders – KTM recorded the overall class win. Improving all week, France’s Mathias Bellino – Husqvarna took second while Italy’s Oscar Balletti – KTM finished less than five seconds behind Bellino in third.
With the ninetieth edition of the ISDE complete, Spain now looks forward to the honourable role of hosting the 2016 FIM International Six Days Enduro in just of a year’s time.