The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team is ready to turn up the heat as it heads to the Sepang International Circuit for the Malaysian Motorcycle Grand Prix, the last of the triple back-to-back races that mark the final push to the end of the season before the ultimate round in Valencia.
Sepang (Malaysia), 26th October 2016
After a hard-fought race at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit, Movistar Yamaha MotoGP head directly to Malaysia for the final fly-away race at the Sepang International Circuit.
After a brilliant catch-up race by Valentino Rossi last weekend, the nine-time World Champion is impatient to meet his fans on the Malaysian track, which is one of his favourites on the calendar. The Doctor hopes to again finish on the podium this weekend to reconfirm his status as the current rider with the most premier class wins at the Malaysian circuit. The Italian snatched victory in 2001, 2003, 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2010, secured second place 2002, 2005 and 2014 and third place in 2009 and 2015.
Jorge Lorenzo is also looking forward to get back into action this weekend, this time with warmer temperatures. The Mallorcan has often expressed that he thoroughly enjoys the Sepang track. He hopes the resurfacing of the circuit combined with his smooth riding style will give him the edge he needs to claim his first premier class MotoGP victory there, having come close to the win last year. Lorenzo climbed the Malaysian premier class podium on five occasions, claiming second place in 2012 and 2015 and third place in 2010, 2013 and 2014.
The Sepang International Circuit held its first Grand Prix in 1999 and has been on the MotoGP calendar ever since. The track provides exciting racing thanks to a mixture of slow and medium to high-speed corners (five left and ten right) and two long straights, the longest measuring 920m, providing big challenges in bike set-up. The 5.5 km track is also testing for the riders, as it has one of the longest laps of the MotoGP season, which has to be completed in extremely hot and humid conditions.
MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR
“We go now to Malaysia to start the last overseas race of the season. I am positive for Sepang, I think this is going to be quite good for us. The circuit has been resurfaced, which is challenging for the tyres, and it looks like there are no bumps, which the riders will appreciate. The last corner is off-camber, so it will be very particular, especially as this is a place where the riders are used to overtaking and it might be easy for them to make mistakes. Having good weather will be important and also the riders‘ physical condition can play a huge part in the race with the hot temperatures that we experience here so often. After two challenging weekends, for sure for the next rounds we would like to get some victories to finish the 2016 season in the best way, so that will be our objective.”
“Sepang is one of my favourite tracks. I like it a lot, but it‘s also one of the most difficult races of the season due to the weather. It is always very hot and you must always be very careful with what you eat and drink. The weekend in Malaysia is very demanding physically, but I‘m in good shape. The weekend on Phillip Island was very complicated but in the end we did a good race and I‘m happy for that. I hope that in Malaysia we can be able to work well again from the first practice. I would like to make it a good race and go to the podium another time.”
“The result in Phillip Island was unexpected for me. We struggle too much in these types of condition and I was not able to ride the way I wanted to. The temperature was too cold and that is why I suffered a lot, it was difficult to warm up the tyres. Sepang is a very different track. We know the layout pretty well because usually we test there a lot of times, but this season something has changed. The asphalt is new and will be different from what we checked out during the preseason. I‘m not expecting any issues with the tyre temperature this weekend because of the Malaysian heat so I‘m going to try to fight for the podium again.”
Bobbitt Becomes a Five-Time Champion at AMA National Enduro Finale; Buttrick Captures First-Career Victory
Round 9 – AMA National Enduro Series – October 23, 2016
SAND SPRINGS, Okla. – Round 9 of the AMA National Enduro Series took place on Sunday in Sand Springs, Oklahoma where FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Russell Bobbitt wrapped up his fifth-career National Enduro Championship at the season finale. Additionally, SRT/KTM’s Cory Buttrick put forth an impressive ride to earn his first-career victory in the series as he led a KTM-podium sweep with Jesse Groemm in 2nd and KTM-supported rider Steward Baylor Jr. in 3rd.
The Zink Ranch National Enduro showcased ideal racing conditions for the final round as the rich Oklahoma soil lent a hand in maintaining low levels of dust on the course. With a total of seven tests, the race day started and ended with a 3-mile grass track section, with plenty of technical obstacles in between.
Heading into the final round, Bobbitt held a 17-point lead over Steward Baylor in the championship standings, which gave the Georgia native a comfortable position in the final head-to-head battle. Bobbitt maintained a conservative pace throughout the day aboard his KTM 250 XC-F; where he kicked things off with a top-five finish in test one. Bobbitt experienced two big crashes during tests three and four, which set him back as he was forced to stop and straighten out the front-end of his bike.
From there, Bobbitt kept his head down and charged ahead to ultimately finish 6th overall for the day, which was good enough to capture his fifth career championship – his first since 2011 – in the final round of racing.
Bobbitt: “I’m really pumped to get five National Enduro Championships and to get this one 10 years after my first! The track was technical and difficult but we did what we needed to do to make it happen.”
Team Manager, Antti Kallonen: “It wasn’t the best result for Russell today but he got it done under big pressure and that’s what matters in the end. The team is pleased that he was able to win his fifth championship and we were also happy to see a KTM sweep on the overall podium and in the Women’s A/B Class with Factory Team member Kacy Martinez on top. Congratulations to all KTM riders on a great 2016 season.”
SRT/KTM riders Cory Buttrick and Steward Baylor Jr. stood atop the podium together for the first time as Buttrick earned his first career-victory in Oklahoma. Buttrick came away with two test-wins and solid top three finishes throughout the day as he bested the 2nd place rider of Jesse Groemm by 23 seconds. Baylor also had an impressive performance, where he claimed two test-wins and 3rd overall for the day.
FMF KTM Factory Racing’s Kacy Martinez, the recently crowned Women’s Class Champion, captured her sixth victory of the season on Sunday. Martinez dominated the class in each test, where she finished almost 10-minutes ahead of the 2nd place rider Kristina Zmuda (KTM). Kristi Grote (KTM) rounded out the podium to create another orange-sweep for the class.
Cory Buttrick – KTM
Jesse Groemm – KTM
Steward Baylor Jr. – KTM
Ian Blythe – KTM
Drew Higgins – KTM
Russell Bobbitt – KTM
Evan Smith – KTM
ROSSI GRABS GUTSY SECOND PLACE IN POWERFUL PHILLIP ISLAND PERFORMANCE
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP riders‘ Valentino Rossi and Jorge Lorenzo delivered a strong charge at the Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit today. Rossi cut like a knife through butter from fifteenth on the gird to secure a superb second place. Lorenzo had a lonely ride to a solid sixth place, after a brilliant start from 12th position.
Phillip Island (Australia), 23rd October 2016
Movistar Yamaha MotoGP‘s Valentino Rossi took the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix to another level today, with a charge through the field from 15th on the grid to a stunning second place. Teammate Jorge Lorenzo overcame the challenges thrown at him this weekend by pushing hard from 12th on the grid and brought his YZR-M1 over the line in sixth place.
Rossi made a good start to the race at Phillip Island Grand Prix Circuit as he jumped two places to 13th on the opening lap. Overtaking Scott Redding and Maverick Viñales, the Doctor fought his way past Nicky Hayden as he continued to battle his way to the front of the field. Having climbed up to eighth, he was trailing teammate Jorge Lorenzo, who he quickly overtook on lap three and then the pair smoothly pulled ahead of Danilo Petrucci.
Rossi gradually closed down the 0.4s margin to tack onto the back of Andrea Dovizioso and Pol Espargaró‘s bikes. He then put the hammer down and set a provisional fastest lap of 1‘29.795s, leaving behind his two rivals a lap later. He kept pushing in fourth place, trying to bridge the 0.4s gap to Aleix Espargarò and a podium finish.
As Rossi wrestled his way past Aleix Espargaró, drama struck as Marc Marquez crashed out of the lead on lap nine, handing the Italian second place.
The fight for the win was now between the nine-time World Champion and Cal Crutchlow, who was a little more than two seconds ahead of him. The Doctor was eager to hunt down the Briton, but the chase to the front of the field in the early stages of the race had taken its toll on his soft front tyre. Rossi decided to focus on maintaining his position after a small mistake on the brakes and cruised to a stunning second place, +4.218s from the front.
Lorenzo had a superb start from twelfth on the grid and quickly stormed to ninth in the opening laps. The Mallorcan was fully aware that his teammate and Viñales would be soon joining him at the front of the pack and hurried to deal with Stefan Bradl and Jack Miller two laps into the race for seventh place. A lap later Lorenzo was forced to let Rossi and Viñales through and followed them past Petrucci, but was unable to keep up with their pace.
With Marquez crashing at the front, the remaining second half of the race was a lonely ride for Lorenzo in sixth place, with a significant gap to both the bike in front and the back of him. Lorenzo focused on keeping the heat in his tyres to bring home some solid points and crossed the line +20.125s from the front.
Thanks to his stunning ride today, Rossi stays in second place in the championship with 216 points. He thereby increases the advantage over his teammate Lorenzo to 24 points, whose sixth place sees his points total raised to 192.
The extended imagery from today’s Race at the Phillip Island Circuit is available on
MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR
“Following this morning‘s warm up we understood there were good premises for a positive race. Since the beginning of the session this morning, Valentino had a really good feeling and that‘s why we kept the bike as it was before the race. The two remaining variables were the tyres and the start from the fifth row, but Vale did great to manage both! Valentino‘s second place is a great relief after a very difficult and challenging weekend. Jorge did his best to recover from 12th on the grid and, although I am sure he‘s not happy with his sixth place, he did a very good job to ride around the difficulties he experienced throughout the whole weekend. I really want to congratulate with and thank all team members, who worked hard all weekend to provide Valentino and Jorge the best weapons for today‘s race. Their work has been crucial to recover from a bad Saturday!”
“This morning we discovered that we had a good pace in good conditions and step by step I came back. At the beginning of the race, the first lap was very funny and I tried and hoped to go to Cal, but he was too fast and too strong. The first ten laps I enjoyed a lot. Cal was also my target and I thought that I could beat him because this morning I was a bit stronger. When I saw Marquez crash I thought I might be able to win and tried but unfortunately Cal was too fast. He is always very fast in Phillip Island and interprets this track in the maximum way. For me the second half of the race was more difficult and I couldn‘t make a move, but this race is what we needed after the mistake in Motegi and the bad day we had yesterday, which I think was the most frustrating day of the season. It was a very positive day for the team and Yamaha and it‘s been a positive race. Congratulations to Cal and thank you to all my team, to all the guys who did a great job.”
“The temperatures were the same as during the warm-up and we gave more or less the same performance and I made the same lap times, a 1‘30.4s. The grip level drop on the rear has been huge, from the beginning I didn‘t have grip, but that‘s the way it is. As soon as the track has less grip, we struggle more and the problems we have with the bike double or triple. In Malaysia we shouldn‘t have a problem with the cold, or grip as the track is new. It should have more grip than last year so I really look forward to a better result.”
RACE RESULTS – 23/10/2016
1. C. CRUTCHLOW, LCR HONDA, 40’48.543
2. V. ROSSI, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 4.218
3. M. VIÑALES, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, + 5.309
4. A. DOVIZIOSO, DUCATI TEAM, + 9.157
5. P. ESPARGARÒ, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 14.299
6. J. LORENZO, MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP, + 20.125
7. S. REDDING, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 28.369
8. B. SMITH, MONSTER YAMAHA TECH3, + 28.781
9. D. PETRUCCI, OCTO PRAMAC YAKHNICH, + 28.792
10. J. MILLER, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 28.815
11. S. BRADL, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 31.809
12. A. BAUTISTA, APRILIA RACING TEAM GRESINI, + 47.734
13. Y. HERNANDEZ, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 47.749
14. E. LAVERTY, PULL & BEAR ASPAR TEAM, + 54.311
15. M. JONES, AVINTIA RACING, + 55.875
16. T. RABAT, ESTRELLA GALICIA 0,0 MARC VDS, + 1’06.395
17. N. HAYDEN, REPSOL HONDA TEAM, + 1’22.604
18. H. BARBERA, DUCATI TEAM, N.C. (3 laps)
19. A. ESPARGARÒ, TEAM SUZUKI ECSTAR, N.C. (5 laps)
New racing kit and 2016 WSBK livery for top of the range MV Agusta.
Varese, October 20th 2016 – The result of a meticulous and continuous evolution that has been applied to the refinement of every detail. The new MV Agusta F4 RC excels both on the road and the track with it’s direct connection to WSBK championship racing.
It is therefore unquestionable that you will discover the same technical pedigree of the ‘Reparto Corse’ F4 ridden by British rider Leon Camier.
As with Camier’s F4, the F4 RC can be both enthralling and efficient; the most comprehensive package amongst Hypersports. Elegant and simple, the F4 RC is instantly recognizable with a stunning red and white graphic base as that used on the official version, including sponsor logos. The number “37” embellished on the fairing is a reminder of the constructors World titles won by MV Agusta.
Each of the 250 pieces that make up the total production of the new F4 RC, is a real
collector’s item accompanied with a valuable racing kit. The classic wood box contains
high quality components, specifically designed and built for the racing F4 RC. In detail:
the SC-Project titanium single exit exhaust system has been developed together with the
dedicated racing Electronic Control Unit, which forms part of the kit. The single seat tail
unit lightens the bike and aesthetically underlines the racing vocation. The fuel cap and
mirror inserts that allow the user to remove the mirrors for track use are machined in ergal
aluminium 7075 providing functional value and enriching further a bike that has redefined
the Hypersports category. The under tailpiece exhaust shroud is manufactured in carbon
fiber, to assist heat transmission with the minimum weight. The personalized protective
bike cover and Certificate of Authentication make the F4 RC even more exclusive.
Performance is also reflected in the numbers: 151 kW, equivalent to 205 hp maximum power in road configuration. A fact that makes the RC Superbike the most powerful in its class within series production. With the racing kit the performance increases to 212 hp (158 kW) at 13600 rpm measured at the crankshaft, the F4 RC in track configuration marks the latest evolution within the extraordinary development of the in-line 4-cylinder MV Agusta known as ‘Corsa Corta’ (79×50,9 mm) enhanced with unique technical solutions such as a central distribution chain and radial valve layout.
The choice of chassis solution from the outset of the F4 has defined an era thanks to the
synthesis between the technical benefits of construction solutions and assembly. The TIG
welded trellis CrMo steel tubes are undoubtedly essential and in some respects even ‘classic’ but the mechanical characteristics offer peak performance. The aluminum alloy plates close the rear frame structure and form the fulcrum for the single arm, with the possibility to change height allowing full customization of the riding dynamics. Racing suspension completes the package of absolute excellence: the Ohlins fork USD NIX type 30 with TiN surface treatment has separate hydraulic compression adjustment (left leg) and rebound damping (right leg); spring preload is also permitted. The Ohlins TTX 36 shock with piggyback reservoir offers the same parameters of adjustment as the fork through convenient manual mechanical adjusters. Included is also a precisely engineered steering damper with manual adjustment.
The braking system matches the performance, being composed of a pair of front 320 mm
diameter discs with steel braking areas, aluminum flanges and a radial pump, as well as
Brembo GP 4-piston (30 mm in diameter) radial calipers. The rear steel disc is 210 mm in
diameter with 4-piston caliper. The Bosch ABS 9 Plus with RaceMode utilizes a RLM (Rear
wheel Lift-up Mitigation) system to prevent rear wheel lift under heavy braking.
The Electronic Control Unit is based on efficiency with a specific goal; the aim is to guarantee the ultimate control of the bike for the pilot, without reducing sensibility; that sensibility combined with the talent and experience of the pilot can make the difference when a tenth of a second per lap matters. The technology MVICS 2.0 (Motor & Vehicle Integrated Control System) allows you to command many parameters, including throttle sensitivity, maximum torque, engine brake, engine response and rev limiter intervention.
The inertial platform with a trim sensor utilizes three gyroscopes and accelerometers to determine a precise operation of the traction control on 8 levels. It can also be switched off entirely. Shifting is aided with the 2.0 EAS (Electronically Assisted Shift) Quick Shift is part of the standard specification.
NEW VIDEO: Chris Fillmore Tackles Barber Motorsports Park Aboard Three KTM Motorcycles
KTM RC Cup Ambassador Chris Fillmore tackles Barber Motorsports Park’s Vintage Motorcycle Festival aboard three different motorcycles: KTM 1290 SUPER DUKE R, KTM RC CUP RACEBIKE and the KTM 450 SX-F SUPERMOTO. Watch him tear up the asphalt in this video feature.
#001 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Chief Vintage Motorcycle Auctioned for $150,000 at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas All funds from the auction benefit U.S. Military personnel and their families through Operation Ride Home
October 18, 2016 11:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
MINNEAPOLIS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Indian Motorcycle®, America’s First Motorcycle Company®, is proud to announce that the #001 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s® Indian® Chief® Vintage motorcycle auctioned at Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on Saturday October 15 raised $150,000 for the benefit of Operation Ride Home, a program that assists active duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families through a partnership with the Armed Services YMCA.
One hundred fifty individually numbered 2016 Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s® Indian® Chief® Vintage and Indian® Springfield™ motorcycle models were made available for purchase on March 4, 2016, for $29,999. All but #001 of the 150-unit production run sold in just eight hours on the first day of availability, with that first unit being saved for this auction. These motorcycles represent the first time in the century and a half history of Jack Daniel’s that any vehicle has had an officially sanctioned Jack Daniel’s livery, making this motorcycle even more special.
#001 of the limited edition series, an Indian Chief Vintage version, was auctioned at world-renowned Barrett-Jackson Las Vegas on October 15 at the Mandalay Bay resort. The full $150,000 of proceeds from the auction will benefit Operation Ride Home, which assists active duty U.S. military personnel in traveling home to visit their families. Approximately 700 individuals – both service members and their families – will be reunited this holiday season care of this sale alone. Collector Vincent Amato won bidding and will take the motorcycle home to display in his collection.
“It’s fantastic to see these two great brands partner for such a worthy cause,” said Steve Menneto, President of Motorcycles for Polaris Industries. “Both Indian Motorcycle and Jack Daniel’s have a respect and admiration for our enlisted men and women, and bringing military families together for the holidays is something that is truly special.”
“The generosity shown by Mr. Amato in purchasing this special bike is simply remarkable,” said Jeff Arnett, Jack Daniel’s Master Distiller. “Just knowing how many more service members and their families we’ll be able to assist with travel this year is something that makes us all very proud. It will make this holiday season even that more special for these heroes and their families.”
Created to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Jack Daniel Distillery and designed in conjunction with Klock Werks Kustom Cycles of Mitchell, S.D., both Limited Edition Jack Daniel’s Indian Springfield and Indian Chief Vintage models feature an array of genuine Indian Motorcycle accessories, as well as Jack Daniel’s-inspired custom paint and logos, badging, leather saddle and saddlebags. Each fender is inscribed with the names of the seven Master Distillers who have overseen the Jack Daniel’s distilling process over its 150-year history, and an inscription of Jack Daniel’s “Bottles and Throttles Don’t Mix” mantra reminds riders that drinking and riding are meant to be enjoyed separately. Finally, both models also came with a custom-printed Jack Daniel’s whiskey barrel top to commemorate each bike, a two-year unlimited mileage factory warranty and free membership in the Indian Motorcycle Riders Group™ for one year.
For more information about Operation Ride Home, or to make a tax-deductible donation, please visit JDOperationRideHome.com. Jack Daniel’s press information can be found at the Jack Daniel’s press room located at www.jdpressroom.com. Learn more about Indian Motorcycle by visiting IndianMotorcycle.com and Facebook, Twitter and Instagram social media channels.
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MOVISTAR YAMAHA MOTOGP HEAD SOUTH FOR SECOND OVERSEAS RACE
The Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team continues its relentless pace this weekend as the paddock heads from the Twin Ring Motegi circuit in Japan to Phillip Island in Victoria, Australia, for the second consecutive race weekend, the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix.
Phillip Island (Victoria, Australia), 19th October 2016
After the Grand Prix of Japan, the Movistar Yamaha MotoGP team immediately moved on to the next stage on the MotoGP calendar, the Michelin Australian Motorcycle Grand Prix at the scenic Phillip Island circuit.
Valentino Rossi looks forward to defending his second place in the championship from his teammate Jorge Lorenzo. As one of the most successful riders at the Phillip Island circuit, he will be using his experience to secure a top result and visit the Australian rostrum again. After taking third place in 2000, the Doctor enjoyed an impressive five-year winning streak from 2001 to 2005, followed by five more consecutive podium finishes in the premier class. He claimed second place in 2008 and 2009 and scored three third places in 2006, 2007, 2010. Rossi returned to the podium again three years later with a third place in 2013 and a first place in 2014, when he, teammate Lorenzo and Monster Yamaha Tech3‘s Bradley Smith made it an all-Yamaha podium.
Lorenzo is also prepared to take on the competition on Phillip Island, one of his favourite circuits where he got to lift a trophy after the race many times. He scored two second places in the premier class in 2010 and 2012. From that point on the Mallorcan has not finished off the podium, securing the victory in 2013 and two more second places in 2014 and 2015. Lorenzo aims to keep the trend going this year and is ready to enjoy the beautiful Phillip Island circuit whilst fighting for second place in the championship.
Phillip Island became a permanently constructed circuit in 1956, but was already staging motorcycle races since 1931. The circuit hosted motorcycle Grand Prix events until an extensive renovation took place in 1968. The 4.4 km Australian circuit made a comeback in 1989 and 1990 and became a regular fixture once more from 1997 onwards. Each year the track is a crowd-pleaser for both the MotoGP paddock and fans, who can‘t get enough of its fast and fluid corners (seven left and five right), exotic wildlife and stunning location right next to the ocean.
MASSIMO MEREGALLI – TEAM DIRECTOR
“After Motegi we headed straight to Phillip Island. Though we didn‘t score any points last weekend, we showed we are very strong and capable to fight for the win even under challenging circumstances. We will use this experience to fuel our motivation even more to deliver a good result. We already tried the Michelin tyres at this track as part of the pre-season testing earlier this year, so we hope to build on the data that we already have. As the track is very close to shore, it can be very windy and cold at this time of year. We hope the weather conditions will not play a big role in this weekend‘s racing activities so we can fully focus on getting a good result.”
“The bad thing is that we took zero points in Motegi, but the good thing is that we showed that we are strong. Phillip Island is a fantastic track and a place that I like a lot. We have to try to be fast and strong there too. We already tested there with Michelin, but unfortunately we now go there after a very bad season, our worst season on paper. We hope that the weather conditions won‘t be very bad, because if it‘s cold it can be dangerous. We hope for good weather and we‘ll see.”
“It was a shame in Motegi, but we were at least able to fight for the victory despite the wrong decision with the tyre. My crash and Vale‘s gave Marc the title but honestly he was the most consistent rider. Now we have to fight for the second position in the championship, though the important thing – and why we are here – is to be a champion. Phillip Island is going to be a bit strange because the fight for the championship is over, but I would like to do a great race and try to win. That’s my goal for the next three races and take the vice champion title as well.”
As AIMExpo 2016 headed into the weekend, the focus of the show transitioned from trade to consumer, giving the public its very first chance to see all the new products coming to the marketplace. The doors to the exhibitor floor at the Orange County Convention Center opened to thousands of enthusiasts on Saturday, eagerly awaiting what the nearly 500 exhibiting companies had to offer.
KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert Leads U.S. World Trophy Team to its First-Ever ISDE Victory in Spain
International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) – Navarra, Spain – October 16, 2016
MURRIETA, Calif. – The 2016 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) culminated in Navarra, Spain on Sunday where the USA World Trophy Team secured its first-ever team victory in the 91-year history of the event. Led by individual overall winner – KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert – the World Trophy Team consisted of Factory FMF KTM Racing’s Kailub Russell and Husqvarna-backed riders Thad DuVall (E3) and Layne Michael (E1).
As a strong competitor for the USA World Trophy Team in the past, Robert lined up in the E2 classification aboard a KTM 350 EXC-F alongside his teammate, Russell, who piloted the same machine in the same class. Both riders began the six-day event strongly as they maintained top positions throughout the rest of the special tests.
Robert’s perfect combination of speed and consistency earned the Arizona native the highest individual honors, marking the second-consecutive year for an American to win the ISDE overall. Robert also topped the E2 classification.
Robert: “It was a stressful last few days – this is a huge deal for me and for the USA. I kept trying to tell myself that everything would work out but I know anything can happen during the final motos. This is my sixth ISDE and it feels so good to have won with the USA team and to also get the overall individual result. The team has been great, we’ve been getting closer and closer to this year-on-year. This one is for Kurt Caselli.”
Russell finished a respectable 2nd place in the E2 class behind his teammate Robert, while securing 7th overall in the individual running.
Russell: “It was very challenging mentally to not go after test-wins every time but we understood the ultimate goal, which was to bring home the team victory. I can remember when I was scared to death of the ISDE and now I’m part of the first winning USA team and it’s a good feeling. I wish our good friend Kurt was here to share such an amazing feat.”
Following a hard-fought week of racing, the Junior World Trophy Team finished only 45 seconds behind Sweden to place 2nd in the team classification. SRT/KTM rider Steward Baylor Jr. led the team in the E2 class, while Honda rider Trevor Bollinger represented in the E1 class and Yamaha rider Grant Baylor competed in the E2 class.
Full results and standings can be found on the official 2016 ISDE website: http://www.fim-isde2016.es/en/home/.
2016 International Six Days Enduro (ISDE)
October 11-16 – Navarra, Spain
Individual Overall Standings
1. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, 3:22:46.6, (E2 class)
2. Daniel Sanders (AUS), KTM, +17.90, (E3)
3. Josep Garcia Montana (ESP), HQV, +46.24, (E1)
4. Giacomo Redondi (ITA), HON, +1:14.05, (E3)
5. Luis Correia (PRT) BET, +1:28.70, (E3)
6. Daniel McCanney (GBR), YAM, +2:20.15, (E3)
7. Kailub Russell (USA), KTM, +2:35.86, (E2)
8. Jamie McCanney (GBR), YAM, +3:27.33, (E2)
9. Nathan Watson (GBR), KTM, +3:50.62, (E1)
10. Jonathan Barragan (ESP), GAS, +4:04.32, (E1)
AIMExpo 2016 keeps rolling with the second trade day that was highlighted by even more global and North American debuts. Many of the most innovative and renowned gear companies introduced the newest protective wear coming to the marketplace, giving attendees a chance to learn about the latest technologies in the continued efforts to keep riders safe.