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2009 ISDE Portugal Day 5 Results

Friday, October 16, 2009
84th Maxxis FIM International Six Days Enduro, Portugal
U.S. Juniors poised for podium; World team drops to seventh with injuries

After five days of six days at the 84th Maxxis FIM International Six Days Enduro in Figueira da Foz, Portugal, only huge mistakes or breakdowns will change the order of the finish. And that finish order will likely see the U.S. Junior World Trophy team earn a podium finish, as it is solidly third—some three minutes and 17 seconds behind France which is 2:09 behind leader Spain while Team USA has 3:26 over fourth-place
Damon Huffman has been battling severe tendinitis for the past few days  making it practically impossible to really push it in the tests. Fortunately  hes still able to have a little fun now and then  though the law might frown on this sort of behavior.
Damon Huffman has been battling severe tendinitis for the past few days, making it practically impossible to really push it in the tests. Fortunately, he's still able to have a little fun now and then, though the law might frown on this sort of behavior.
Italy. It would be a very respectable finish for a team comprised of two rookies as well as two veterans, one of whom DNFed on Day 2 with bike issues.

In the World Trophy standings, France leads over Italy and Australia, though the U.S. squad dropped to seventh after injuries slowed the two-newest Six Days racers: Damon Huffman and Timmy Weigand.

For Huffman, a severe and never-happened-before case of tendonitis in both forearms for the past few days have reduced grip to the point where he finds it impossible to push hard in the tests—the key, of course, to lowering one’s score.

Weigand, on the other hand, has not had such physical issues until today. Actually, they started last night with food poisoning which, as anyone who’s experienced it can attest, makes for a long, sleepless night. He got an IV drop before starting in order to pump needed fluids back into his system, but later in the day he crashed in a transfer section. Somehow, he ground the tip of his throttle hand’s little finger down past the fingernail and to the bone. Even more incredible, the former motocrosser dug deep to keep going through the pain (and blood loss) to get to the day’s finish, avoiding a DNF in order to keep damage to the team’s standings minimal.

As a result, the U.S. World Trophy team slipped to seventh, just 34 seconds behind Sweden but a whopping 13:10 ahead of Great Britain. Portugal is fifth, 1:53 ahead of the Americans. But here too, without a major breakdown by the Swedes or Portuguese, it’s unlikely that Team USA will make it into the top-five.
An awkward crash cost Timmy Weigand the tip of his little finger on his throttle hand  though he toughed it out and finished the day. And this was after he needed an IV drip this morning due to food poisoning last night!
An awkward crash cost Timmy Weigand the tip of his little finger on his throttle hand, though he toughed it out and finished the day. And this was after he needed an IV drip this morning due to food poisoning last night!

For the U.S. Women’s World Cup team, Maria Forsberg once again set the second-fastest time of the day, France’s Ludivine Puy keeping her individual lead for the fifth day in a row and leading the leaders. Unfortunately, Forsberg’s teammates had off days, with Amanda Mastin doing her best to cope with the hyperextended ankle suffered yesterday and Lacy Jones dropping farther behind so overall, they lost ground to the more consistent third-place Australian trio.
 
The top U.S. Club riders were also very consistent. Fred Hoess continued his stranglehold on fourth in C1, a feat even more remarkable considering this is his 20th ISDE and comes 25 years after his initial outing in Holland (which he DNFed). Nick Fahringer is somewhat disappointed at being only sixth in C2, though that’s one spot better than yesterday. And Rory Sullivan is hanging in steady at third in C3 behind two extremely quick Czechs.

“I’m just happy to finish Day 5 and get to go moto tomorrow,” U.S. World Trophy team racer Destry Abbott said, a sentiment most of the team echoed, “because I think I can move up a couple more spots.

“My goal coming in was [to finish in the] top-20 [overall] and that’s going to be tough to do [after crashing earlier in the week and getting behind], but to get another gold medal is a huge accomplishment. I know the team, we’ve had some issues and had some problems here and there, but I hope we can put another great team together next year and fine-tune some pieces.”

Day 5 Video Recap - Produced by IGNITION3, courtesy of ISDE.TV



World Trophy Standings:
1. France, 14:35:52.89
2. Italy, 14:40:12.36
3. Australia, 14:57:29.08
4. Finland, 14:59:00.60
5. Portugal, 15:04:17.79
7. USA, 15:06:10.34

Junior Trophy Standings:
1. Spain, 9:04:10.91
2. France, 9:06:20.05
3. USA, 9:09:37.84
4. Italy, 9:13:03.54
5. Sweden, 9:24:35.67
Shawn OLeary of the Desert Motorcycle Club  which sits in 14th among all Club teams behind two other American Club teams  rips through the first test of the day.
Shawn O'Leary of the Desert Motorcycle Club, which sits in 14th among all Club teams behind two other American Club teams, rips through the first test of the day.

Women’s Cup Standings:
1. France, 7:11:13.35
2. Sweden, 7:21:05.75
3. Australia, 7:25:32.08
4. USA, 7:37:10.39
5. Finland, 11:38:37.01

E1 Standings:
1. Eero Remes, FIN
2. Simone Albergoni, ITA
3. Michal Szuster, POL
4. Fabio Mossini, ITA
5. Christopher Hollis, AUS
15. Timmy Weigand, USA
21. 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
11. 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
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Chilly White's 2009 Portugal ISDE Blog
2009 ISDE Blog - Final Entry from Portugal
The 2009 Portugal ISDE is finally over and Day 6 again proved to be a challenging one. I got through it without incident but some other riders weren't so lucky.
2009 ISDE Blog - Chilly White Day 5 Update
Day 5 had a much different feel than the previous course layouts which was a nice change of pace for our test rider.
2009 ISDE Blog - Chilly White Day 4 Update
Chilly is happy to see Day 4 come to an end. Portugal is proving as difficult as it is beautiful.
2009 ISDE Blog - Chilly White Day 3 Update
Chilly is starting to feel the effects of a physical and mental pounding only the ISDE can dish out. He survived the halfway mark.
2009 ISDE Blog - Chilly White Day 2 Update
Chilly White drops a quick note after completing the first two days at the ISDE in Portugal.

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