For the third day in a row, the United States was positioned as the team to beat in Portugal. Seeing three of his four drivers within the top six overall secured another victory for the Yankee team. In doing so, he takes them two minutes and two seconds ahead of their Australian rivals.
In the battle for the bottom step of the podium, Spain (thanks to Garcia’s efforts) beat Italy by more than two minutes. However, with the Italians ahead of the Spanish by four minutes and thirty seconds, they remain the favorites to take the bronze medal tomorrow. Finland ranks fifth in the overall standings, two minutes and thirty seconds behind the French.
Junior Trophy: Australia still in front
With a lead of eight minutes and thirty-nine seconds over their closest rival, the United States, Australia appears to be on the verge of reclaiming the Junior Trophy title they last won in 2015.
“It has been another good day for the team and now we are about to win the Junior Trophy,” said Australian Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM). “With the advantage we have, it helps to alleviate the stress on this day of the race, but even today we have to remain focused on the job at hand. Although we are almost there, one problem is all it takes to lose. Tomorrow the goal is to save the furniture and secure the title. “
The United States was the fastest, but not fast enough to upset the Australians before tomorrow’s motocross races. Spain, third fastest on matchday five, is comfortably in third place. Unless unforeseen circumstances arise, the host team, Portugal, should not have a chance to get on the podium, as they are in fourth place. Fifth, Belgium is aiming for one of its best results in recent memory, if it can keep Chile at bay.
Now, with the United States comfortably leading the Women’s Trophy rankings, two of the coveted FIM ISDE trophies are likely to go to the United States this year. If the trio of Rebecca Sheets (KTM), Brandy Richards (KTM) and Tarah Gieger (Honda) live up to their expectations, it will mark a major victory for the United States. Germany is emerging as runner-up in the category, while Great Britain is also preparing for third place. Sweden and Spain occupy the fourth and fifth places respectively, while Portugal completes the first six places.
Categories: Josep García, in front
As the overall individual winner on the fifth day, Josep García worked his way to his fifth consecutive victory in Portugal. The Spaniard, who has passed all seven special tests for the third time this week, has the victory in the palm of the hand thanks to his lead of six minutes and twenty-three seconds. With one day to go, runner-up Ryan Sipes (KTM – USA) has increased his lead over Australian Lyndon Snodgrass to 35 seconds. With a third place overall and 29 seconds ahead of compatriot Luke Styke (Yamaha), Snodgrass is the best Junior rider.
The Enduro 2 class witnessed one of the closest battles of the day against American Kailub Russell (KTM), who beat his teammate Taylor Robert (KTM) by a narrow margin of seven tenths of a second. Robert, however, will sleep well tonight knowing that he is one minute and twenty-two seconds ahead of Russell for the category win. Italian Davide Guarneri (Honda) remains third overall, while Australians Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna) and Josh Green (Yamaha) are fourth and fifth, respectively.
Daniel Sanders led the Enduro 3 class for the fifth day in a row. The Husqvarna driver also made his fourth sweep of special test victories. Briton Danny McCanney (TM) and Steward Baylor (KTM), second and third after Sanders, reinforce their position on the final podium of Enduro 3 as they enter the sixth day.
In the Enduro Women category, Brandy Richards (KTM) fought to beat Germany’s Maria Franke (KTM), while Britain’s Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) was third. Yet just nine seconds behind Richards, Franke continues to control his class advantage. With Richards and Daniels second and third respectively, Australia’s Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) and Spain’s Mireia Badia (Husqvarna) complete the top five.
The FIM Enduro Vintage Trophy, Italian Mario Rinaldi (KTM) achieved another great overall victory. Almost matching yesterday’s results, Italy took the top four overall positions on the second day of the EVT competition. Today, Giovanni Sala (KTM) was second, with Maurizio Casartelli (Puch) third and Stefano Passeri (KTM) fourth. Frenchman Philippe Barthomeuf (Cardel) completed the top five.
The ninety-fourth edition of the FIM ISDE concludes tomorrow with the traditional motocross race, which will be held at the Kartódromo Internacional do Algarve (KIA).
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