2009 ISDE Portugal Day 4 Results

October 15, 2009
By Mark Kariya
Cory Buttrick crashed in the sand and was surprised at how soft the landing was--at least until his bike landed and skidded over his back. The U.S. Junior World Trophy team remains third  but made up ground on second.
Cory Buttrick shows the wear and tear that comes with having your bike land on your back. The American Jr. Trophy team is third.

All it takes is one little mistake and you lose a position. Finland was reminded of the truth that racing proverb carries when one of its five remaining World Trophy team riders had an off day and sent the team plummeting to sixth in the standings. Four squads behind France took a step up as a result so now the World Trophy reads: France, Italy, Sweden, Australia, USA.

America remains third – but closer – in the Junior World Trophy standings behind Spain and France, while maintaining fourth in the Women’s World Cup category behind France, Sweden and Australia.

The fourth day of the 84th Maxxis FIM International Six Days Enduro in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, started out fairly well for the Americans, with Kurt Caselli putting up the fastest time of the field in the second test. He was unable to back that up in the other tests, however, and pronounced his day “…just mediocre. [My test] times are all pretty much the same [as yesterday]. I feel good in the sand test and I feel okay on the hard-packed first enduro test, then the last enduro test is just where I’m struggling, same as the beginning of the week. I don’t know if it’s me or the bike or whatever, but I just don’t feel comfortable really pushing it.”

Despite that, Caselli improved his score over the one he’d posted the day before, as did teammate Nathan Kanney. The U.S. is less than a minute behind Sweden but more than four minutes behind Australia, so the potential for a podium finish is dimming considerably unless trouble hits one of the four teams ahead of the Americans.

The U.S. Juniors lost a little ground to current second-place occupiers France. It didn’t help when Cory Buttrick cartwheeled in the sand. Though he landed okay, his bike came down on top of him and slid up his back, giving him a huge skid mark that will make showers and sleep uncomfortable for a few days, to say the least.

Likewise, Amanda Mastin of the U.S. Women’s team suffered an ankle injury when she hyperextended it in an early test. She was able to continue for the rest of the day but needed an ice pack and other treatment after finishing. Remarkably, she was only a minute and 43 seconds slower than Day 3, but most other women were also slower.

The last two days may not have had as much sand in the tests  but there have been a couple of extremely long sections of sand that stretch for miles and  of course  become whoop-filled torture tests. U.S. Club team rider Joel Burkett copes here.
US Club rider Joel Burkett works
through the miles of sand whoops.

The U.S. Club riders are hanging in there and, for the most part, maintaining their positions. Led by Rory Sullivan who sits third in C3, Team Carter Engineering is the highest placed U.S. Club trio in 11th while the Missouri Mudders and Desert Motorcycle Club are 13th and 14th, respectively.

Day 5 is expected to contain more, and easier, two-track, and it shouldn’t get beat up as much since it’ll only be used for the day, though things could still happen that would impact the final standings. It’s happened before.

As Caselli concluded, “All in all, it’s a good Six Days for me. I’m doing better than I did last year so that’s a plus. I feel fine and the bike’s good so I’m looking forward to tomorrow – another new day of trails and new tests. I think the tests tomorrow are going to be really long.

“It should be good, though; I think it’ll be a good day. We’ll see. The team’s doing good – everybody’s happy, and one more day then off to the motocross track where I think all of these guys are pretty much looking forward to.”

Day 4 Video Recap – Produced by IGNITION3, courtesy of ISDE.TV

World Trophy Standings:

1. France, 11:12:36.12
2. Italy, 11:17:02.23
3. Australia, 11:29:07.69
4. Sweden, 11:32:33.98
5. USA, 11:33:30.71

Jr. Trophy Standings:
1. Spain, 6:58:13.11
2. France, 7:00:14.20
3. USA, 7:02:54.52
4. Italy, 7:05:03.26
5. Sweden, 7:13:26.41

Women’s Cup Standings:
1. France, 5:31:52.05
2. Sweden, 5:40:55.53
3. Australia, 5:44:18.65
4. USA, 5:45:32.61
5. Finland, 9:18:03.95

E1 Standings:
1. Eero Remes, FIN
2. Simone Albergoni, ITA
3. Julien Gauthier, FRA
4. Michal Szuster, POL
5. Fabio Mossini, ITA
9. Timmy Weigand, USA
18. Damon Huffman, USA

E2 Standings:
1. Rodrig Thain, FRA
2. Luis Correia, POR
3. Cristobal Guerrero, ESP
4. Alessandro Belometti, ITA
5. Oscar Balletti, ITA
13. Destry Abbott, USA
DNF. Ricky Deitrich, USA

E3 Standings:
1. Christophe Nambotin, FRA
2. Samuli Aro, FIN
3. Antoine Meo, FRA
4. Kurt Caselli, USA
5. Alex Salvini, ITA
11. Nathan Kanney, USA