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Team United States lead ISDE Women’s World Trophy after Day 2 of 6 ahead of Team Australia 6 seconds behind

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Team United States lead ISDE Women’s World Trophy after Day 2 of 6 ahead of Team Australia 6 seconds behind. The American trio of Brandy Richards (KTM), Korie Steede (KTM), and Rachel Gutish (GASGAS) completed 6 sections in combined winning times of: 53’08.09, 56’03.23, and 55’48.09 respectively.

Team Australia had all momentum heading into the ninety-seventh International Six Day Enduro, in San Juan, Argentina, having held slim 2 second margin ahead of Team USA at end of Day 1, but an unfortunate 2.00 penalty for Australian rider Danielle McDonald placed the Aussie trio in P2 at end of Day 2.

Team United States of Brandy Richards, Korie Steede, and Rachel Gutish Image: @mjsmotophotos

With another 4 days to race, across 6 sections per day, and taking into account all rider’s are required to carry out all mechanical repairs on their own, strength of mind and body will be tested to the max on the rocky, dusty, and hot conditions during the iconic event.

Already, 2022 ISDE Women’s World Trophy Champions – Great Britain – were dealt severe blow to their chances of repeating last year’s performance with British rider Emily Hall retiring during Day 1. All of which proves, each section completed each Day by the 9 Teams consolidates standings overall.

Team Australia competing in ISDE: Danielle McDonald, Tayla Jones, and Jessica Gardiner Image: Team Australia Women ISDE

Most certainly, history has provided additional motivation for ISDE Women’s World Trophy Teams to not only race and gain pointy end results, but to provide return of investment to sponsors, Brands, partners, and all those who work so hard behind the scenes to get Team’s of women to race in one of the most prestigous events on the global Motorsport calendar.

Team Australia has proven historical record from winning the Women’s World Trophy Cup six consecutive times, from 2013 to 2018. With current rider’s Tayla Jones (Husqvarna) and Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha) part of all six victories, and joined by Danielle McDonald (Yamaha) for this year’s campaign, the Team will be fully focused on finishing above their 2022 result of P3 overall.

ISDE Women’s World Trophy results Day 2 Image: FIM ISDE

Equally spurred to redeem defeat in 2022 ISDE Women’s World Trophy, will be current leader’s Team United States. Having taken 3 victories in 2019, 2020, and 2021, the same trio of Richards, Steede, and Gutish will make most of the positive results in Days 1 and 2 to lead 2022 Vice-Champions France of: Justine Martel (Beta), Elodie Chaplot (Sherco), and debut entry of Mauricette Brisebard (Husqvarna).

In fitting tribute to the anticipation of racing within ISDE 6Days, Team Latin America currently hold 3rd in standings, with Team France, Team Argentina, Team Germany, Team Great Britain, and Team Canada rounding out the 9 Teams competing. All eyes will be fixed on racing over Days 3 – 6, when 2023 ISDE Women’s World Trophy Team will be crowned.

Header photo: Brandy Richards competing in ISDE Women’s World Trophy Day 1 Image: Dirt Bike Magazine.

Words: Sharon Cox.

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