Team manager: Giovanni Copioli
Riders: Andrea Verona, Davide Guarneri, Thomas Oldrati, Matteo Cavallo
HOME HEROES #1
Italy re-established itself as a powerhouse of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) World Trophy this season with a dominant performance on home turf in the Apennine Mountains in the north of the country between Lombardy and Piedmont.
On paper at the start of the event it looked too close to call with Spain also fielding a strong team, but the Italian quartet took control of the ninety-fifth running of the prestigious event from the opening day and refused to loosen their grip.
Italy has a long and proud record in the event, although the glory days of the 1980s and 1990s when it was the nation to beat were a long time ago and the last time an Italian team triumphed was in 2007. However, this time around and back at home for the first time since 2013 when the ISDE was held in Sardinia, Andrea Verona (GASGAS), Davide Guarneri (Fantic), Thomas Oldrati (Honda) and Matteo Cavallo (TM) barely put a foot wrong.
Leading the competition throughout, Italy gradually pulled clear of the Spanish team and could afford to play it safe on the final day of competition to come home comfortable – and very popular – winners by four minutes and forty-one seconds.
It may not seem like a huge winning margin after six days in the saddle, but the result never really looked in doubt as Italy controlled the event from the front.
FIM International Six Days of Enduro World Trophy Champions - 2021, 2007, 2005, 2000, 1997, 1995, 1994, 1992, 1989, 1986, 1981, 1980, 1979, 1931, 1930