Ryan Sipes makes U.S. history by winning the individual overall
90TH FIM INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO, SLOVAKIA
SILVER LINING IN
It’s said that numbers don’t lie, and while that may be true, numbers often don’t tell the whole story.
Such was the case at the 90th FIM International Six Days
It’d be easy to look at the final results of the all-impor-
tant FIM World Trophy division and gasp: France first, fol-
lowed by Australia and Spain for the podium, while Team
USA, the runner-up for the past two editions, languished
on the third page—22nd of 23 countries. And this after
leading day 1! What happened?
Once again, look past the numbers: the final results are
in no way indicative of how competitive the Americans
have now become.
First, there was the loss of Kailub Russell on day 2.
Obviously riding a hot streak coming into Six Days by
leading in three different series back home, he exploded
off the start. Well, maybe not exactly right away, as the
first special test of the week was nothing to write home
about for the young man who was the fastest American
last year in Argentina’s Six Days. But by the end of the
day, he’d gotten into his rhythm and reclaimed lost time
to lead not only the E1 class (125cc two-stroke/250cc
four-stroke) on his KTM 250 XC-F, but also turn in the best
times of the entire 497-rider field. And Ryan Sipes—the
transitioning motocrosser who’d previously only ridden
the 2013 ISDE on a Club team to get his feet wet—opened
a few eyes by leading E2 (250cc two-stroke/450cc four-stroke) on his Husqvarna FE350, putting him in second
overall individually, less than two seconds behind his
teammate. Combined with the efforts of fellow U.S. World
Trophy team riders Mike Brown, Thad Duvall, Taylor Robert
and Gary Sutherlin, the Americans found themselves in
new territory—first place after the first day, something that
had never been achieved before.
Story and photos by Mark Kariya