Team Manager: Antti Kallonen
Riders: Ryan Sipes, Kailub Russell, Taylor Robert, Stewart Baylor
2019 FIM ISDE WORLD TROPHY
UNITED STATES CLAIM SECOND ISDE WIN
The United States claimed the FIM World Trophy victory at the ninety-fourth edition of the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) in Portimao, Portugal. In what was their second win in the event, the United States led home RecoveR8 Team Australia in second with Italy - hosts for the 2020 FIM ISDE - securing third.
Proving themselves as the nation to beat in this year’s FIM ISDE, the United States won back the FIM World Trophy they last held in 2016. After edging out early pace setters RecoveR8 Team Australia during the midway stage in the race, they grew stronger as the week progressed.
Entering the traditional day six motocross race with a comfortable lead, Ryan Sipes (KTM), Kailub Russell (KTM), Taylor Robert (KTM) and Baylor Steward (KTM) barely put a foot wrong to clinch this year’s World crown.
“It’s an amazing feeling to win the FIM ISDE,” told Sipes. “It was an honour to be on the team when we first won it in Spain in 2016 and now to have this moment again is incredible. It’s been a real team effort this week. I think everyone came together to deliver this winning result. I can’t thank everyone enough involved for the support they’ve given us all - it’s not just us riders doing it, it’s the team manager, mechanics, volunteers and all those back home who’ve got us this far. We’ll celebrate tonight, that’s for sure.”
As defending champions, RecoveR8 Team Australia never gave up, claiming victory on day six. But with the deficit to their rivals too much to bridge, they ultimately had to settle for the runners-up result in this year’s title fight. Strong throughout the competition, Italy made no mistakes on the day to claim the third and final step of the FIM World Trophy podium.
Spain rode hard to collect fourth in this year’s race with Finland and France completing the top six