Red Bull KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert has won the E2 class at the 2018 International Six Days Enduro held in Vina del Mar, Chile. The American’s result took him to the overall runner-up spot in what was a supremely successful event for KTM as Australian rider Daniel Milner topped the prestigious overall individual standings as well as leading Australia to World Trophy team victory.
Held in Vina del Mar, a coastal resort city northwest of Santiago, the 93rd edition of the International Six Days Enduro brought over 400 riders from 25 nations together to battle it out in the Chilean dust.
E2 class and overall leader after the first day’s racing, Taylor Robert got his 2018 ISDE off to the perfect start. As the event progressed, the American continued to dominate E2 on his KTM, finishing fastest in class on every single full day of racing. Opting for a safe finish on Saturday’s final motocross test, Taylor took the class win by over five minutes from teammate Steward Baylor.
In the overall classification, continued pressure from Australian rider Milner resulted in Robert dropping to second on day three. With the two KTM riders fighting hard to the final day, it was Milner who would ultimately take the win with Robert finishing as runner up.
Taylor Robert: “It’s been an amazing week. I’m a little disappointed not to take the overall win but all-in-all I am happy with my riding. Days three and four were tough and I struggled a little there but I think everyone did. The tests were so technical, the dust was still a problem and the heat made everything a little worse. Day five went well, but I couldn’t catch Milner – hats off to him, he’s been riding really well out here in Chile. I’m really happy to take the win in my class and second for Team USA in the World Trophy competition is great too.”
Following a solid start on day one by placing second in the E3 class, Daniel Milner got his head down and didn’t look back. Overall wins on each subsequent day gave the Australian a one-and-a-half-minute lead going into the final motocross. Staying out of trouble, Milner placed fourth in the final day motocross to secure his overall ISDE win by close to two minutes from second-placed Robert.
Daniel Milner: “It’s been an awesome six days – I couldn’t be happier with the riding and my result. Of course, I came here wanting to win but I think the secret has been just worrying about my own riding and not what everyone else has been doing. I have been fully focused on taking each test as it comes and getting through each one fast but clean. I eased off a little on day five and actually started making more mistakes. That can be the case sometimes, you need to get yourself into a good rhythm and stick to it. For the team to win the World Trophy again is incredible. We knew we would be under a lot of pressure, especially from the USA team, but all the boys have ridden really well and done a great job. Thanks to everyone that got us here, it’s nice to be able to reward them with this result.”
Milner’s dominant performance helped to take the Australian World Trophy team to the win with Taylor Robert’s American team placing second, just over seven minutes adrift.
For the sixth year in a row, the Australian team have won the Women’s World Trophy with an incredible performance that saw them go into the final day with a lead of over eight minutes from Team USA. Joined for the first time by KTM-mounted Mackenzie Tricker, the trio led from the start to the finish of the event, cementing their reputation as the team to beat at the ISDE. KTM’s Brandy Richards finished as runner-up in the EW class, just less than three minutes from the win after six long and extremely tough days in the South American heat.
In the race for the Junior World Trophy prize, America’s Josh Toth took fifth place in the E1 class to assist Team USA in finishing as runner-up in the category along with KTM riders Ben Kelley and Grant Baylor.
Results – FIM International Six Days Enduro 2018
1. Andrea Verona (ITA), TM, 4:37:32.45
2. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Honda, 4:38:07.91
3. Victor Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 4:39:04.06
4. Ryan Sipes (USA), Husqvarna, 4:40:00.41
5. Josh Toth (USA), KTM, 4:40:38.11
7. Thomas Dubost (FRA), KTM, 4:43:50.54
8. Patrik Markvart (CZE), KTM, 4:47:49.34
1. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, 4:31:47.96
2. Steward Baylor (USA), KTM, 4:37:01.50
3. Thomas Oldrati (ITA), Honda, 4:37:58:.89
4. Josh Strang (AUS), Husqvarna, 4:38:17.86
5. Loic Larrieu (FRA), Yamaha, 438:47.97
8. Grant Baylor (USA), KTM, 4:39:20.39
1. Daniel Milner (AUS), KTM, 4:29:53.48
2. Daniel Sanders (AUS), Husqvarna, 4:31:56.22
3. Giacomo Redondi (ITA), Honda, 4:37:17.18
4. Matteo Cavallo (ITA), Beta, 4:37:55.66
5. Ruy Barbosa (CHI), Husqvarna, 4:38:41.92
8. Enric Francisco (ESP), KTM, 4:43:31.19
1. Tayla Jones (AUS), Husqvarna, 5:08:48.18
2. Brandy Richards (USA), KTM, 5:11:43.87
3. Livia Lancelot (FRA), Honda, 5:13:24.78
4. Jessica Gardiner (AUS), Yamaha, 5:19:57.28
5. Mireia Badia (ESP), Husqvarna, 5:21:58.56
7. Sandra Gomez (ESP), KTM, 5:27:20.02
8. Rebecca Sheets (USA), KTM, 5:32:48.77
9. Mackenzie Tricker (AUS), KTM, 5:33:09.80
World Trophy Team
Daniel Milner, Daniel Sanders, Lyndon Snodgrass, Josh Strang
Ryan Sipes, Taylor Robert, Steward Baylor, Zachary Bell
Davide Guarneri, Alex Salvini, Thomas Oldrati, Giacomo Redondi
Junior World Trophy
Andrea Verona, Matteo Cavallo, Davide Soreca
Josh Toth, Ben Kelley, Grant Baylor
David Abgrall, Hugo Blanjoue, Theo Espinasse
Women’s World Trophy
Tayla Jones, Jessica Gardiner, Mackenzie Tricker
Rebecca Sheets, Tarah Gieger, Brandy Richards
Sandra Gomez, Mireia Badia, Gabriela Seisdedos