Day three of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) saw a major shakeup of the leader board with the United States coming out on top in Portugal.
As the ninety-fourth edition of the FIM ISDE reaches the halfway point in Portimao, the United States capitalised on a trip into the mountains, powering past Team Australia in the FIM World Trophy class.
Australia still hold the lead in the FIM Junior World Trophy category, while the United States maintain their advantage in the FIM Women‰Ûªs World Trophy competition.
With day three marking the halfway point in this year‰Ûªs race, the five hundred competitors from twenty-six nations embarked on a new course known as the Monchique Route. Taking them deep into southern Portugal‰Ûªs highest mountain range, added rain ensured demanding conditions and a testing day for all.
The United States came strong on day three as they sought to find a weakness in the RecoveR8 backed Team Australia. After three special tests, they were pressuring their Australian rivals with three riders making up the top-four overall positions. However, at the end of the seventh and final test Australian Daniel Sanders had fought his way back to the top to win the day. But with strength in numbers, the United States‰Ûª Taylor Robert, Kailub Russell and Ryan Sipes all slotted inside the top-six to lead as a team by one-minute and twelve seconds.
‰ÛÏThe weather has been a bit crazy ‰ÛÒ it wasn‰Ûªt quite raining hard, but still made things slippery,‰Û