Enduro

Day Three – Australian ISDE Teams Continue On Where They Left Off

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Day Three of the FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) in Brive, France saw competitors brave dry and dusty conditions - albeit cooler - for a third consecutive day, but with a new course and new special tests.

Continuing to hold firm at the head of the World Trophy classification, France stretched their advantage over Australia to five minutes and nineteen seconds, while France‰Ûªs Junior World Trophy squad moved to the top of the results, thirty-nine seconds ahead of Italy. Australia sit five minutes and forty-nine seconds ahead of the USA in the Women‰Ûªs World Trophy class.

Although there were patches of rain making several of the tests slightly wet, most of the tracks remained dusty. Competitors raced a new loop today, in addition to several tests from Days One and Two.
Matthew Phillips: John Pearson Media
For the Australian Seniors World Trophy Team, the boys in the Green and Gold had another solid day despite losing a minute on France and are now 5:19 m behind the host nation France. Although the Australians lost time to the French, the gap was widened to third placed Team Finland, Australia pushing the gap to two minutes.

Daniel Milner once again led the charge, still leads his respective E2 class and is currently fifth in outright. Milner didn‰Ûªt have a blistering start to the day, with slightly slower test times but he managed to improve as the day wore on.

Birthday boy Daniel ‰Û÷Chucky‰Ûª Sanders had a very consistent day with several impressive test times, he also managed to become more confident in the latter stages of the day. Sanders is still recovering from his shoulder injury that he sustained at the last round of the Australian Off-Road Championship (AORC) and still sits fourth in the E3 class.
Josh Green and AJ Roberts: John Pearson Media
Matthew Phillips, also in the E3 class is sitting fifth and managed to lodge the seventh best time in the first test. Phillips is still adjusting to his new bike and class but he managed to attain better consistency throughout the day. Josh Green had a hard slog throughout the day but improved in the latter stages of the day to remain in eight in E1, where many of the top outright rider‰Ûªs feature.

"It was a rough day for me," Milner said. "I started off pretty well, but I went into a test first and I lost a lot of time. I managed to pick up time in the final tests though. We have lost time to France but with plenty of luck and some rain, I think we can make up time on them tomorrow.‰Û
Tayla Jones: John Pearson Media
Tayla Jones and Laia Sanz (Spain) battled it out for outright honours, although Sanz managed to improve her lead. Tayla now sits just over a minute off Sanz. Jess Gardiner continued to solider on, despite her sore hand, and now sits in fourth outright as she battles with American Brandy Richards. Jemma Wilson had some ups and downs after encountering mechanical issues, although she managed to continue with all three Australia Women finishing and sitting inside the top 10.

"I had an average day," Jones said. "The tracks were good but too many crashes cost me a lot of time to Laia in the overall but Australia have extended our lead in the Women's title hunt so I am happy. I'm hoping with new tracks tomorrow I can have a better day and stay upright to catch back up a little."

Lyndon Snodgrass continued on today as the sole Junior World Trophy Rider and reached the halfway mark of the six day enduro. It‰Ûªs been a very solid debut for Snodgrass, as he sits twelfth in an extremely competitive E3 class with two of his Senior teammates. Snodgrass even managed to beat several of his Australian elder statesmen in several tests again today and shows what it takes to match the worlds best in future events.
Jemma Wilson: John Pearson Media
"Day Three done, and it was a tough day with plenty of mistakes in the first test, it was a really cool trail and we‰Ûªre on to a fresh one tomorrow. Can‰Ûªt wait to get out there again," Snodgrass enthused.

The Vintage Enduro kicks off tomorrow with Australian representatives; Stephen Baker, Michael Harding, Peter Cave, Matthew Dwyer and Geoff Ballard.

Day four will see the riders face yet another new course and special tests as the event moves into its final phase.

Lyndon Snodgrass. Credit: John Pearson Media

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