PICKERINGTON, Ohio – The International Six Days Enduro is one of the longest-running world championship motorsports competitions.
Each year the American Motorcyclist Association sends a team of talented and seasoned racers to compete for the ISDE World Trophy – the sport’s most-coveted and prestigious team award. For 2013, the contest will take place in Sardinia, Italy, Sept. 30-Oct. 5.
“The ISDE is the pinnacle of world off-road competition, and it has long been an American dream to stand atop the World Trophy podium at this prestigious event,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir, who also serves as the team’s ISDE jury delegate to the Fédération Internationale de Motocyclisme. “Our goal for 2013 is to make that dream come true and, for the first time in history, loft the ISDE World Trophy.”
In addition to the World and Junior World Trophy Teams and the Women’s World Cup Team, the United States sends several club teams to compete at the ISDE. These riders, from whom a senior team also is selected, earn a spot by competing in one of two ISDE qualifiers.
U.S. ISDE qualifiers are being organized by the Appalachian Dirt Riders May 25-26 in Wellston, Ohio, and the Boise Ridge Riders June 1-2 in Idaho City, Idaho. Details for the Ohio event are at www.adrohio.org. More information about the Idaho event can be found at www.boiseridgeriders.com. To be considered for a club team, a qualifying rider also must file a Letter of Intent with the AMA. More information about filing the LOI can be found at www.americanmotorcyclist.com or by calling 614-856-1900.
For 2013, Antti Kallonen and Robert Pearce join Weir on the U.S. ISDE management team as team directors. Kallonen is KTM North America’s off-road team manager, and Pearce is KTM North America’s vice president of operations. Hall’s Cycles owner Jay Hall will serve as team manager. The assistant team manager will be Paul Bucher. Bruce Wakeley will be the service out-check manager and Mandi Mastin will be the container manager.