The 80th International Six Days Enduro - hosted by POBYS - from the 13th
to the 18th September 2005 at Povazska Bystrica, Slovakia
Knight claims overall win at 80th ISDE
KTM Enduro Factory Team Farioli rider David Knight became the
first ever British rider to claim overall victory, irrespective of class, at an
International Six Days Enduro competition when he finished the 80th running of the ISDE
staged in Slovakia as the fastest rider in the competition. Topping the Enduro 3 class on
each day of the event to dominate the race, Knighter helped Britains Trophy team
finish in fourth place in the World Trophy Team competition.
Starting the event wanting to claim the outright win, but all too
aware that two rounds of the 05 World Enduro Championship still remain, the six-day
event started well for Knight as he topped the Enduro 3 class and placed second in the
overall results on day one. Happy to have settled himself into the event with such a good
opening day Knighter then
upped his pace and attacked day two. Beating his nearest Enduro 3 class rival,
Finlands Marko Tarkkala by one minute, David also topped the overall results.
Faced with a new course on day three, Knighter again topped both
the E3 and overall results while Tarkkala retired from the competition following a crash.
With rain starting to fall as he entered several of the special tests on day four,
Knighter had to be content with winning only the E3 class, finishing 39 seconds ahead of
Italian Alessandro Zanni, but disappointingly saw his lead at the top of the overall
results almost halved.
But on day five, the events wet day, Knighter blitzed the
competition to extend his Enduro 3 class and overall leads with just the final days
motocross remaining. Riding at his absolute best in order to extend his leads by as much
as he could, David finished the fifth day of the event one minute ahead of French rider
Seb Guillaume and with more than a four minute advantage after the five days.
With his motocross race one of the last to take place on the
sixth and final day David knew that all he really had to do was finish to claim both the
Enduro 3 and overall class wins. But that didnt stop him dominating the E3 class,
posting the third fastest outright time of the day, and putting on an unforgettable
display for the thousands of spectators that turned up to watch the closing stages of the
80th ISDE. Winning comfortably, and mobbed by British spectators, Knight became the first
British rider to top the International Six days Enduro.
Davids next international competition will be the eighth
round of the FIM World Enduro Championship in Serres, Greece where he is able to claim the
05 Enduro 3 World Championship title.
David Knight: Ive certainly not got any complaints
with the way the six days has gone for me this year I couldnt have asked for
a better week really. I wanted to try and win the overall as well as the Enduro 3 class
but so much can happen in the ISDE that you just have to ride as hard as you can and hope
for the best. Thankfully it worked out well for me. I started the week riding pretty
steadily, getting my bike dialled in and just getting comfortable really. My test times
were pretty good and I opened up a bit of a lead in the Enduro 3 class but the test were
changing quite a lot during the day so it was hard to really push hard.
On day two I did push a bit harder, I put a harder compound
front tyre on, which worked really well, and I was able to ride faster. I didnt have
any problems and managed to open up quite a good lead in the E3 class as well as win the
Day three was a new course and it went really well. The
tests were changing a lot during the day, like on day one, but I didnt make any big
mistakes and managed to win the overall again. On day four I got caught out by the rain a
bit. The riders in the E1 and E2 class ahead of me had dry tests and I got rained on a few
times, which meant that I wasnt able to win the overall that day. In the afternoon
though the tests were dry and I managed to extend my lead in the E3 class.
The wet day on day five was a great day for me. I wanted to
try and extend my lead so that I wouldnt have to ride too hard in the final
motocross. The motocross test on day five went well but I really pushed hard on the two
enduro tests, so that I could relax a bit on day six.
I was worried that it might rain for my race on the final
day but it stayed dry and I was able to win. Being the fastest rider in the event is what
I wanted to do so to achieve that is great. Everything went so well all week I
didnt crash at all, my bike ran perfectly and I really enjoyed the course and
Gold medal finishes
for Edmondson, McConnell and Wakely in Slovakia
Honda Racing Fast Eddy PAR Homes riders Paul Edmondson (left), Euan McConnell and Si Wakely
all returned home from the 80th running of the International Six Days Enduro with Gold
medal finishes having helped Britain place fourth in the World Trophy Team competition.
Finishing best of the Honda riders was Paul Edmondson who claimed an impressive third
place finish in the Enduro 2 class as well as finishing fourth overall.
For Edmondson the 80th ISDE saw the former world champion compete
aboard a 250cc two-stroke in the E2 class where he faced stiff opposition from the likes
of Australian Stefan Merriman and Finn Samuli Aro. But enjoying the chance to return to
two-stroke machinery Edmondson started the event cautiously before finishing as the second
highest placed British rider in the event.
Placing in 10th on day one wasnt the start to the six days
Paul was hoping for as he found riding at the front of the Enduro 2 class a real
disadvantage on the slippery grass special tests. Improving to sixth on day two, Edmondson
was again caught out by the slippery conditions on day three before placing inside the top
10 on day four.
But on day four Edmondson stamped his mark on the Enduro 2 class.
With heavy overnight rain having made conditions extremely slippery Paul blitzed his E2
class rivals to top the class by close to one minute. In doing so he lifted himself up the
E2 class leader board and into a comfortable third place with just the final day
Wanting to repeat his day five performance, Edmondson shot to the
front of his motocross race and maintained the lead ahead of Finlands Samuli Aro and
US rider Kurt Caselli for two laps before his rear brake started to fade. Not wanting to
risk dropping from third in class Paul held his third place in the race to claim third in
the Enduro 2 class and finish fourth overall at the 80th ISDE.
For Scot Euan McConnell the Slovakian ISDE didnt go as well as he
hoped despite finishing in 20th position in the competitive E2 class and with a gold
medal. Starting the week steadily Euans best day was day five where he placed 17th
in class before going on to perform well in the final motocross.
For 125cc mounted Si Wakely the six-day long event also started
steadily with a 23rd place finish in the Enduro 1 class on day one. Going on to finish in
19th, 19th, 22nd and 15th on the four days that followed Si rounded off the week in 15th
position less than nine minutes behind class winner Bartosz Oblucki and finishing as the
best British rider in the E1 class.
Paul Edmondson: Its been a good week for me,
one thats finished on a real high note. Being back on the two-stroke again has been
great fun. I started the week steadily, like I always do at the six days, but it
wasnt easy being one of the first Enduro 2 class riders on the tests. On days one
and three the tests were getting drier with each bike that rode them, which meant that it
was hard to match the times of some of the riders in the class. I was a little off the
pace on days one and three but on it on days two and four. But day five was by far the
best day for me.
Being on a two-stroke definitely helped on day five and I
had a great day. I really enjoyed the wet conditions and managed to pull myself right up
the E2 class results. The final motocross also went really well. I gated well and lead for
the first two laps but then my rear brake went off a little, which slowed me down a bit.
To finish third though is great.
Euan McConnell: Its been a really good event
a good course, nice tests, a great final motocross and very little road work. The
rain on the fifth day made it a really memorable event. My result wasnt as good as I
hoped it would be but I didnt have any major problems.
Si Wakely: The week started off pretty well for me
with good results on days one and two. Obviously the wet day was the best day for me, and
the team, its was just a shame that a few more of the days werent wet.
Its been a really enjoyable event and quite challenging as well. I only had one real
crash during the week, which lost me a bit of time but apart from that everything has gone
well. Photo by Jonty Edmunds
Day 1: 4 times World Champion, Stefan Merriman (left)
demonstrated his return to fitness after his injury in the Italian Grand Prix by winning
the first test of the first day in the E2 class. David Knight also started as he meant to
go on by taking the 1st E3 test & Marc Germain led the E1s. The trio went on to win
all 5 tests in their class. Paul Edmondson was 13th overall & Greg Evans - riding in
his first ISDE - finished 45th. Another rider facing his own personal challenge is
American Jeff Fredette (#348) who will be competing in his 25th ISDE. Jeff - who invented
the very useful spanner - has unbelievably finished all of his previous 24 ISDEs he has entered. He is a member of the Jafmar Racing team & will
be riding a Kawasaki KDX 220. Kari Tiainen retired with a mechanical problem but plans to
continue on Day 2. At the end of Day 1 Stefan Merriman was the Overall leader &
David Knight was the runner up. The British Trophy team finished the day in 6th position
& the Junior team were 5th. In the Club team classifications the Wales A team of Dylan
Jones, Rowan Jones & Andrew Edwards were in a creditable 3rd.
Stefan Merriman Press Release: The opening day of this
years ISDE in Slovakia was greeted with mostly blue skies with the odd cloud about. The
rain promised for Monday never eventuated (fortunately) and the morning began with wet dew
on the grassy cross tests makin it extremely slippery for the Enduro 1 class who were fist
through the slippery off cambered, steep hilly tests.
Merriman's ISDE campaign kicked off to a brilliant start winning
the first test by more than 9 seconds from arch rival, Samuli Aro.Merriman even managed to
take the overall honours of being the fastest rider overall on this test, despite the fact
it was drying out and getting faster for the latter classes such as Enduro 3 and the club
riders. Merriman continued to dominate in the predominately hard track cross tests and
took the class win easily over French grass track specialist, Emannel Albepart by 39
seconds. He also was the fastest rider overall, beating Enduro 3 rider, David Knight by 10
About the first day Merriman said," I feel really
comfortable on this type of terrain. Today was basically the same tests as WEC here last
year, and I was able to win both days outright. So I had the bike set up right for these
conditions and everything went well. The only problem I had was catching up to other
riders and struggling to get past in the test which slowed me down in a few places.
However it is only the start of the six days and anything can happen. I hope I can
continue at the same pace tomorrow."
Day 2: Stefan Merriman & David knight continued
to dominate their classes but in E1 Marc Germain came under pressure from Italian riders
Simone Albergoni & Alessandro Belometti as well as Poland's Bartosz Oblucki. Edward
Jones improved on his Day 1 performance. Paul Hearn & Mick Seward houred out. Paul
lost his brakes & Mick lost his bars. The Trophy team move passed Australia to 5th
& the Junior team drop a place to 6th.
Day 3: The 3rd day started with no surprise at the top as
David Knight put in another winning performance on the 1st test but Kari Tiainen &
Paul Whibley both put in something special to take 2nd & 3rd according to the official
results. Day 3 proved to be a bad day for British injuries. Greg Evans was forced to
retire after hitting a stump on the fifth test & dislocating his wrist but - after
finishing the first two days in the top sixty overall - the nineteen year old Welshman has
shown his potential on the World stage. Fellow junior team member Oliver Moyce was
also forced out with a arm injury dropping the team down to 11th. David Johns & Julian
Crimp also retired hurt. At the end of the day David Knight had extended his lead to 33
seconds other 2nd placed rider Stefan Merriman. Paul Edmondson was 18th. The Wales A team
finished the day in 4th.
Day 4: David Knight was holding his form but on the
3rd test of the day he dropped 10 seconds to finish in 64th. The problem was only a minor
setback & in tests 4,5 & 6 the Knighter was back at the top of the leader board
but with a reduced margin over Stefan Merriman of 20 seconds. Dylan Jones also had a
problem & the Wales A team finished in 19th. The Wales B team succeeded them as the
highest placed British Club team in 16th place. A 3rd member of the Junior team - Tom
Sagar - retired as did Ricky Mair & John Nelson.
Day 5: At the first test David Knight finished
6th - 12 seconds behind the fastest rider Bartosz Oblucki but crucially 12 seconds ahead
of Stefan Merriman in 21st. ET1 & ET2 were cancelled but what was left was all Paul
Edmondson's as Eddy once again proved how fast he can be by winning all tests of the day
in the E2 class. At the end of the day David Knight had built up a 2 minute buffer over
2nd placed Stefan Merriman. Early contender Marc Germain retired.
Day 6: The final stage of the ISDE was held in the
Sverepec Moto X stadium. The weather was poor but the result was not. David Knight was the
overall winner with a 2 minute margin over runner up Stefan Merriman. Paul Edmondson was
4th overall & all 6 members of the British Trophy finished to secured 4th
place. Congratulations to you all!!!
Gas Gas press release
Paul Whibley has just finished 14th in the E2 class at the International Six
Day Enduro in Slovakia. Tom Sagar retired from the event on Day 4 after his recent,
repaired broken arm was too sore to continue. The strength in his left forearm was
weakening and with two riders from the Junior Team already out of the event, Tom took the
wise decision to pull out himself.
For more reports and full results checkout; www.enduronews.com www.isdeslovakia.sk
BIG respect must go to DAVID KNIGHT who won the event outright !
Dad would be proud! Also, Congratulations to Paul Eddy for finishing 3rd in the E2 class
Next event for Whibz is the final round of the FAST EDDY RACE
SERIES this coming weekened at Culham.
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