Their faces and body language betrayed them. The six riders comprising Team USA’s World Trophy team
(Mike Brown, Thad Duvall, Charlie Mullins, Zach Osborne,
Taylor Robert and Kailub Russell) had earned a trip to the
podium of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) for the
second year in a row, but they were disappointed. Simply
matching the runner-up finish to the powerful French
squad the year before wasn’t quite the thrill they were
That’s what happens when you set the bar higher: the
target gets a lot smaller and harder to hit. U.S. team man-
ager Antti Kallonen put it bluntly: “The excitement is not
the same that we had last year when we finished second
[for the first time since 1982 in Czechoslovakia], because
we came here to win—so second place for the Trophy
team was a very big disappointment, especially after a
strong first two days.”
Yes, a year ago, second place was cause for celebra-
tion, but Team USA expected even better in Argentina.
Since Argentina is comparatively neutral ground, the pow-
erhouse teams from Europe didn’t have the luxury of work-
ing out of their fully stocked rigs and hospitality centers.
They had to pack all they could into 40-foot shipping con-
tainers just as Americans (and all other non-Euro nations)
do every year, and then rent little cars and vans to work
The desert terrain around San Juan, Argentina, also
favored Team USA (as well as Aussies), with several West
Coast-based racers on the U.S. squad very familiar with
dry, dusty, rocky terrain—guys like Nick Burson, Travis
Coy, Justin Jones, Josh Knight, Paul Krause, Brian Storrie,
Gary Sutherlin and, of course, U.S. World Trophy team
stalwart Taylor Robert.
That’s not to say America’s woods racers were second-rate, because most of the East Coast guys proved they
could hang. And next year, when Slovakia hosts Six Days,
you can bet that the Easterners will shine in the mountainous ruts, roots and rocks. After all, look at Cory Buttrick.
He ended up winning the C3 division (Club riders on two-strokes over 250cc or four-strokes over 450cc).
Yes, there were several bright spots for Team USA.
Besides Buttrick, Sutherlin won C2 (Club riders on two-
strokes up to 250cc or four-strokes up to 450cc) and was
the fastest Club rider for the entire event—in his ISDE
And then there was the U.S. Junior World Trophy team
&;THE; SIL T Y
Winning and losing in Argentina
By Mark Kariya
89TH FIM INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO