Australians extend ISDE advantage following day five

World Trophy and Women’s Trophy teams on the verge of victory in Chile.

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Australia are on the cusp of victory at the 2018 FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) as they take a sizeable lead into the final day of racing in Chile.

With just day six of the ninety-third FIM ISDE remaining, Australia’s FIM World Trophy team enjoy a 7m30s lead over the United States, with Italy third.

Offering no weakness to their rivals, Australia continued to stamp their authority on the 93rd edition of the ISDE. Marching ever-closer to their second World Trophy title, they left no one doubting who was in control of the proceedings by topping the standings on day five.

With a commanding lead, only the final motocross race now stands in their way of securing the top step of the podium in Vina del Mar.

Despite putting in another determined performance, the United States were unable to force the Australians into a mistake and had to settle for second ahead of Italy. After a disappointing week, defending champions France will be happy to see this year’s event come to an end as they sit fourth in the classification.

In the Junior World Trophy class, the United States finally got the better of rivals Italy, claiming the day five win. Feeling good on the new special tests, the US pushed hard to reduce the gap to Italy, but with the Italians fighting back during the latter half of the day, they limited their loss and are 3m35s clear.

Putting the brakes on Chile’s challenge for the final step of the podium, France answered back having lost out to them during the last two days. Third fastest on the penultimate day, France keep Chile 1m30s behind them entering day six. Australia currently sits fifth overall.

Easing back as they race towards a recording-breaking sixth Women’s World Trophy win in a row, Australia still claimed victory on day five. Beating closet rivals the US by less than one minute, the trio of individual leader Tayla Jones (Husqvarna), Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) and Mackenzie Tricker (KTM) have a commanding nine-minute lead.

Racing to his fourth overall day win, Daniel Milner (KTM Enduro Racing Team) once again set the benchmark. The Australian is now almost 90 seconds clear of closest rival Taylor Robert (KTM) in second, with Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) 33 seconds behind in third.

Milner and Sanders are currently 1-2 in the E3 division, Andrew Wilksch (Sherco) is 15th and Tom Mason (KTM) P16 in class. Husqvarna’s Josh Strang climbed to fourth in E2, as Fraser Higlett (Husqvarna Enduro Racing Team) is now sixth in E1.

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Source: MotoOnline.com.au

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