Enduro

Australian teams make strong start at 2011 ISDE

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Australia's world Trophy team has made a flying start to the 2011 edition of the international six day Enduro being held in Finland.

Sitting just over seven minutes behind the home team of Finland and only two minutes back from second placed Spain, the Australian world team consisting ofKirk Hutton, Daniel Milner, Matthew Phillips, Toby Price and Geoff Braico have placed themselves in a great position to launch an attack at an overall podium position at the end of the event.

Leading the charge for the Australian team is a rider who is relatively new to the off road racing scene with Matthew Phillips turning heads and making a name for himself on the world stage by winning one special stage for the day, finishing in the top three in half of the days stages and only finishing outside the top five in two of the eight special stages for day one.

After sitting as high as third outright a final stage thirty first placing relegated the Tasmanian rider back to sixth outright for the day in what was still a super impressive result for the rider who had before the six day event had only raced in ten off road events in his life.

Speaking to after the first day of competition the former Australian Juniopr Motocross Champion gave a bit of an insight on why he chose to move away from a promising motocross career concentrate his 2011 efforts on Enduro racing

"My background is motocross; I raced the Junior Development class back home last season, but decided to try my hand at Enduro this year. My manager Geoff Ballard told me about the ISDE and it was something I just wanted to come over and have ago at."

Phillips was lucky enough to have the experienced multi time world champion Stefan Merriman to turn to for some advice on the event and the type of terrain the he would encounter during the 2011 six day event and was confident his home state would provide the perfect setting to hone his skills ready for the event.

"After talking to Stefan, I made sure I practiced the right kind of going, as the island where I live, which is south of Australia, actually has some pretty similar ground to the course here in Finland. Other than that my preparations have been limited, apart from throwing a pipe on my YZ450F and softening off the suspension." Said the 18 year old Yamaha rider.

Though happy with his first day's efforts Phillips is not getting ahead of himself and has not changed his overall goal for his first attempt at the prestigious event.

"I am pleased with how the first day went, though it is only one of six and there is a long way to go yet. Even though I am holding a good position now, my overall goal is the same as it was when I started, which is to make it to the finish. That is all I am hoping for." Concluded Phillips.

Phillips was not the only Australia rider finishing the first day inside the top ten with KTM mounted Toby Price finishing the day in 8th outright and Glenn Kearney managing to finish day one inside the top twenty outright in 19th place.

Following in the Trophy teams footsteps Australia's Women's cup team also finished the opening day in third position with the junior trophy team also placing highly in fifth at the end of day one.

2011 World Trophy Day 1 Result
1. Finland, 3:34:22.06
2. Spain, 3:40:00.13
3. Australia, 3:42:11.05
4. U.S.A., 3:44:19.30
5. Italy, 3:45:32.22
6. Portugal, 3:50:08.13
7. Sweden, 3:50:59.13
8. Netherlands, 3:52:19.34
9. Great Britain, 3:53:32.84
10. Poland, 3:59:23.30

2011 Women's Cup Day 1 Results
1. France, 2:49:55.25
2. Finland, 3:20:01.11
3. Australia, 3:57:59.31
4. Sweden, 3:13:26.39
5. U.S.A., 4:00:00.00

2011 Junior Trophy Day 1 Results
1. Sweden, 2:15:54.20
2. France, 2:17:25.72
3. Great Britain, 2:21:23.77
4. Spain, 2:26:22.40
5. Australia, 2:26:55.25
6. Chile, 2:29:20.98
7. U.S.A., 2:30:23.01
8. Czech Republic, 2:32:33.52
9. Germany, 2:36:18.35
10. Netherlands, 2:41:40.79

2011 E1 Day 1 Results:
1. Eero Remes, FIN (KTM) 41:33.11
2. Juha Salminen, FIN (Husqvarna) 42:25.17
3. Matti Seistola, FIN (Husqvarna) 43:10.28
4. Mario Roman, ESP (KTM) 44:02.99
5. Lorenzo Santolino, ESP (KTM) 44:04.24
6. Luis Oliveira, PRT (Yamaha) 44:21.25
7. Victor Guerrero, ESP (Yamaha) 44:58.20
8. Carl Sjoo, SWE (Honda) 45:04.47
9. Antti Hellsten, FIN (KTM) 45:05.35
10. Paulo Felicia, PRT (Yamaha) 45:28.14

2011 E2 Day 1 Results:
1. Kurt Caselli, USA (KTM) 42:47.29
2. Matthew Phillips, AUS (Yamaha) 43:11.62
3. Alex Salvini, ITA (Husqvarna) 43:16.44
4. Toby Price, AUS (KTM) 43:25.23
5. Cristobal Guerrero, ESP (KTM) 43:26.60
6. Luis Correia, PRT (Yamaha) 43:48.01
7. Russell Bobbitt, USA (KTM) 44:00.25
8. Jari Mattila, FIN (KTM) 44:08.42
9. Glenn Kearney, AUS (Husqvarna) 44:37.41
10. Michal Szuster, POL (KTM) 44:37.72

2011 E3 Day 1 Results:
1. Marko Tarkkala, FIN (Husaberg) 43:05.08
2. Ivan Cervantes, ESP (Gas-Gas) 43:31.35
3. Joakim Ljunggren, SWE (Husaberg) 43:31.45
4. Oriol Mena, ESP (Husaberg) 44:54.95
5. Valtteri Salonen, FIN (TM) 45:23.65
6. Jonas Karlsson, SWE (KTM) 45:25.54
7. Karl Svensson, SWE (Husaberg) 45:48.57
8. Alessandro Botturi, ITA (Gas-Gas) 45:57.37
9. Nathan Kanney, USA (KTM) 46:08.50
10. Mark Wassink, NLD (KTM) 46:20.91 For all results and live timing
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