Things aren’t getting any easier for the competitors who have already noted that this 86th running of the ISDE is one of the most difficult in recent history. Across the board, Day 4 proved to be the longest yet with the most accumulated racing time in the six special tests.
Kurt Caselli proved that a high-speed expert from the Pacific side of America can go blow-for-blow with the technical surgeons of home-team Finland at the International Six Days Enduro. Day 4 wrapped up with the American World Trophy team captain winning three of the six special tests despite another day of rain. Caselli struck first in the opening Special and then traded wins with Finland’s Juha Salminen the rest of the day in an alternating pattern. Caselli and a group of riders were stopped by local police and given speeding tickets right before the final check. The result was a roughly four-minute delay, but the FIM organizers overturned the penalty after it was deemed unfair.
Overall the World Trophy standings stayed the same at the top of the leader board with Finland holding off Spain and Team USA. The Americans managed to put another few minutes on fourth-place Sweden. Portugal dropped from fifth to eighth. Chile advanced three spots to seventh and Estonia moved into the top-10.
France overtook Sweden for the top Junior Trophy position behind the strong performance of Benoit Fortunato. The Swedes are now just over seven minutes behind with Great Britain another eight minutes off the lead pace. The American Juniors were led once again by Cory Buttrick who has been the fastest every day so far for Team USA. Ian Blythe took a spill and injured his shoulder resulting in a time nearly double that of his teammates.
Italy displaced Chile for eighth and Germany moved into 10th, bumping the Netherlands.
France is 1:12:15.68 ahead of Finland in the Women’s Cup with two days remaining. Despite Ludivine Puy having her low score tossed out, France still managed to post a time over five minutes quicker than the Finn women. Australia is third but suffered the DNF of Jessica Gardiner. Sweden is fourth, three hours and 18 minutes adrift of the French ladies.
1. France, 8:41:10.82
2. Finland, 9:53:26.50
3. Australia, 11:47:10.61
4. Sweden, 11:59:11.60
5. USA, 16:00:00.00
1. Finland, 12:51:02.66
2. Spain, 13:12:00.67
3. USA, 13:32:07.78
4. Sweden, 13:42:23.43
5. Netherlands, 9:39:56.70
6. Germany, 14:39:08.24
7. Chile, 15:24:22.67
8. Portugal, 14:52:14.88
9. Poland, 9:57:46.65
10. Estonia, 16:33:39.72
*All times are cumulative
2011 Junior Trophy Day 4 Results
1. France, 8:06:03.01
2. Sweden, 8:13:04.33
3. Great Britain, 8:21:08.71
4. USA, 8:40:43.09
5. Australia, 8:48:30.88
6. Spain, 8:52:37.60
7. Czech Republic, 9:00:36.24
8. Italy, 9:02:25.37
9. Chile, 9:07:34.24
10. Germany, 9:21:30.08
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Bike maintenance is a big issue for Antti Hellsten and the rest of the ISDE competitors with such horrible conditions.
Eero Remes reestablished his position atop the daily results for the E1 class after teammate Salminen briefly stole the honors yesterday. The KTM rider was over 14 seconds quicker than the Husqvarna of Salminen with fellow Finn Matti Seistola in third. Colton Udall had a better day for Team USA finishing 19th and jumping to 25th overall. Another two solid days could potentially have him inside the top-20 in his first-ever ISDE.
2011 E1 Day 4 Results:
1. Eero Remes, FIN (KTM) 2:31:10.80
2. Juha Salminen, FIN (Husqvarna) 2:32:22.20
3. Matti Seistola, FIN (Husqvarna) 2:36:26.05
4. Lorenzo Santolino, ESP (KTM) 2:39:06.41
5. Mario Roman, ESP (KTM) 2:39:25.30
6. Antti Hellsten, FIN (KTM) 2:39:48.00
7. Luis Oliveira, PRT (Yamaha) 2:41:42.74
8. Paulo Felicia, PRT (Yamaha) 2:42:40.00
9. Martin Larsson, SWE (Husaberg) 2:42:43.35
10. Victor Guerrero, ESP (Yamaha) 2:43:10.07
Despite his excellent showing with a trio of special test wins, Caselli only managed to put 13 seconds on Australia’s Matthew Phillips who moved into the second position ahead of Cristobal Guerrero. America’s Russell Bobbitt was 10th and retains his position in seventh overall for the E2 class. Hans Vogels swapped positions with Michal Szuster to inherit ninth by only nine seconds.
2011 E2 Day 4 Results:
1. Kurt Caselli, USA (KTM) 2:33:42.45
2. Matthew Phillips, AUS (Yamaha) 2:34:32.50
3. Cristobal Guerrero, ESP (KTM) 2:35:05.16
4. Luis Correia, PRT (Yamaha) 2:36:16.13
5. Toby Price, AUS (KTM) 2:37:21.02
6. Jari Mattila, FIN (KTM) 2:37:46.56
7. Russell Bobbitt, USA (KTM) 2:39:15.70
8. Benoit Fortunato, FRA (Yamaha) 2:40:05.30
9. Hans Vogels, NLD (Husaberg) 2:41:41.31
10. Michal Szuster, POL (KTM) 2:41:50.13
Sweden suffered a setback as Joakim Ljunggren had to retire on Day 4. He was holding down second place in E3.
Joakim Ljunggren was holding down second overall in the E3 class but fell out of contention on Day 4, bumping everyone up a position except for leader, Marko Tarkkala, who continues to shine. GasGas-mounted Spaniard, Ian Cervantes, took over the runner-up spot with a second-place finish on the day. He was 1:18.37 behind Tarkkala’s Husaberg. Finland had another rider in the top-three with Valtteri Salonen cruising to third on his TM. American Nathan Kanney finished seventh, sixth overall.
2011 E3 Day 4 Results:
1. Marko Tarkkala, FIN (Husaberg) 2:33:17.05
2. Ivan Cervantes, ESP (GasGas) 2:35:59.48
3. Valtteri Salonen, FIN (TM) 2:40:34.41
4. Jonas Karlsson, SWE (KTM) 2:43:28.21
5. Karl Svensson, SWE (Husaberg) 2:43:36.28
6. Nathan Kanney, USA (KTM) 2:44:54.56
7. Mark Wassink, NLD (KTM) 2:45:10.38
8. Jonny Walker, GBR (KTM) 2:45:16.42
9. Alessandro Botturi, ITA (GasGas) 2:46:18.07
10. Amel Advokaat, NLD (Husaberg) 2:46:59.75