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Team USA Strengthen World Trophy lead as 2019 ISDE heads into final day

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Led by Taylor Robert, Team USA extended their lead by half a minute in the World Trophy standings. Photo: Dario Agrati
The United States have moved closer to winning the 2019 FIM World Trophy category at the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) with victory on the penultimate day of competition.

Also taking a firm grasp of the FIM Women‰Ûªs World Trophy class, the United States lead with just one day remaining. Team Australia shoot for gold in the FIM Junior World Trophy category as defending champions Italy drop out of podium contention.

In the FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy competition, Italy‰Ûªs Mario Rinaldi took his second consecutive day win.

There was a change of overall individual winner on day five, with Spain‰Ûªs Josep Garcia finally putting a stop to the winning ways of Australian Daniel Sanders. ‰ÛÏI‰Ûªm delighted to finally get an outright win in this FIM ISDE,‰Û
Spaniard Josep Garcia took the overall win to halt the un-beaten run of Australian Daniel Sanders. Photo: Dario Agrati
In the battle for the final step of the podium, Spain - thanks to the efforts of Garcia - beat Italy by over two minutes. However, with the Italians ahead of the Spaniards by four minutes and thirty seconds, they remain favourites to take the bronze medal tomorrow. Finland hold fifth overall, but now head France by two minutes thirty seconds.

Sitting eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds clear of their closest rivals the United States, the RecoveR8 supported Team Australia look poised to win back the FIM Junior World Trophy title they last held in 2015.

‰ÛÏIt‰Ûªs been another good day for the team and we‰Ûªre now within touching distance of winning the FIM Junior World Trophy,‰Û
Daniel Sanders would again lead the team with a win in E3 and second outright on the day with a win in test 3 and consistent results after that. Sanders now sits a remarkable seven minutes and twelve seconds ahead of his competition in the Individual Outright standings for the ISDE.
United States were fastest today, but not by enough to properly trouble the Australian‰Ûªs ahead of tomorrow‰Ûªs motocross races. Spain, third quickest on day five, are comfortably set in third. Barring any unforeseen circumstances, they should deny host nation Portugal - in fourth - the chance to finish on the podium. Fifth overall, Belgium look to claim one of their best results in recent memory - if they can keep Chile at bay.

With the United States now comfortably out front in the FIM Women‰Ûªs World Trophy classification, it is looking likely that two of the FIM ISDE‰Ûªs coveted trophies will find a home in America this year. If the trio of Rebecca Sheets, Brandy Richards and Tarah Gieger deliver the goods, it will mark a debut class victory for the United States.

Germany look set to finish as runners-up in the category, with Great Britain also poised for a medal result with third. Sweden and Spain are fourth and fifth respectively, while Portugal round out the top-six.
Luke Styke finished fourth in E1 and fourteenth outright. Photo: Dario Agrati
As the outright individual winner on day five, Josep Garcia powered his way to a fifth consecutive Enduro 1 day victory in Portugal. Sweeping all seven special tests for the third time this week, the Spaniard looks all but assured of the overall class win thanks to a six minute and twenty-three second lead. With one day remaining, second placed Ryan Sipes from the United States has built his advantage over Australian Lyndon Snodgrass to thirty-five seconds. Holding third overall and twenty-nine seconds up on compatriot Luke Styke, Snodgrass is the best placed Junior rider.

The Enduro 2 class saw one of the day‰Ûªs closest battles with the United States‰Ûª Kailub Russell narrowly beating teammate Taylor Robert by seven tenths of a second for the win. Robert, however, will sleep well tonight knowing he has got a one minute and twenty-two second lead over Russell for the category win. Italy‰Ûªs Davide Guarneri remains third overall, with Australian‰Ûªs Fraser Higlett and Josh Green fourth and fifth respectively.

"Finally a better day for me with a fifth outright in E2, it has been a rough week injuring my ankle and finger along the way but I finally had a good day. I'm looking forward to the final moto tomorrow," Green said,

Daniel Sanders topped the Enduro 3 class for the fifth day in a row. The Husqvarna rider also made it his fourth clean sweep of special test wins. Placing second and third to Sanders, Great Britain‰Ûªs Danny McCanney and Steward Baylor strengthen their footing on the final Enduro 3 podium entering day six.
Maria Franke has been a highlight for Germany in the womens class. Photo: Dario Agrati
The Enduro Women‰Ûªs category saw Brandy Richards fight back to take the day win over Germany‰Ûªs Maria Franke, with Great Britain‰Ûªs Jane Daniels third. However, finishing just nine seconds behind Richards, Franke still controls the class lead. With Richards and Daniels second and third respectively, Australian Jessica Gardiner and Spain‰Ûªs Mireia Badia complete the top five.

The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy marked another overall victory for Italy‰Ûªs Mario Rinaldi. Almost mirroring yesterday‰Ûªs results, Italy took the top-four overall positions on the second day of EVT competition. Today, Giovanni Sala took second, with Maurizio Casartelli third and Stefano Passeri fourth. France‰Ûªs Philippe Barthomeuf rounded out the top five.

The ninety-fourth edition of the FIM ISDE concludes tomorrow with the traditional motocross race, now to be held at the KartÌ_dromo Internacional do Algarve (KIA).

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