France won the FIM World Trophy for the eighth time, with
the U.S. claiming second for the third time (1982 and 2013 the
previous times) and Spain in third.
Though he’s been chosen for the team before, Steward
Baylor always managed to get hurt or the like and had to
forfeit his chance. Not this time. Though he had to start the
event with food poisoning, he pushed through it and ended
up second fastest of the U.S. Juniors, screaming his 250 XC
to 10th in E2, the third-fastest Junior overall.
After a stellar debut ISDE last year, Zach Osborne
expected even more from himself and the team this year.
Unfortunately, he DNF’d before getting through even half of
the first day due to an ignition failure and spent the rest of
the week helping the team from the sidelines.
Neither Justin Jones nor his father Gary (yes, the four-time
AMA 250cc MX champ and AMA Motorcycle Hall of Famer)
had ever been to an ISDE, but both found the experience
challenging and, ultimately, enjoyable. With his WORCS and
motocross background, sprinkled with some Baja 500 miles,
Justin is no stranger to desert-going, and it showed. He
placed seventh in E2 for a gold medal and was the second-fastest Junior overall behind only Loic Larrieu of France,
who was fifth in E2, and less than three minutes ahead. “I
felt comfortable and confident coming in here, so I expected
nothing less; I really didn’t,” Justin declared.