88TH INTERNATIONAL SIX DAYS ENDURO
MAKES SOME HISTORY
members’ scores count each day, getting to the finish is still
crucial. It’s also vital that each team’s riders tread that fine line
between being aggressive right off the bat and measuring that
effort so bike and body last to the end of the week.
Finding that balance can make one’s Six Days debut a bit
nerve-wracking, as Osborne admitted. The longtime pro
motocrosser, who spent several seasons based in Europe
while contesting the MX GPs, confessed, “I was really nervous, just because it’s a completely new race format and
concept of racing for me. I was a little nervous that I wouldn’t
have a good handle on it, but I had Thad to ride with all day,
so it was really pretty self-explanatory and simple.
“The riding was a lot easier than I expected, like the
transfer riding. The tests were really gnarly the second time
we went around, but overall, it was a little easier than I
expected. There were some hills on the transfer that were
really gnarly, like two of them that were basically straight
up rock cliffs!”
And though he’s raced against Euros before in his GP
days, he said riding with them in enduros was awesome.
He noted, “They ride so easy all the time—really nice and
so fluid. It’s something I’m trying to learn.”
The U.S. typically starts rather conservatively, often find-
ing itself in fifth or sixth after the first day. Then, hopefully,
they slowly climb up the ladder the rest of the week, play-
Thad Duvall felt much better prepared for his second ISDE,
though he still made a mental error that cost him. Officials
penalized him for going backwards on the course on day two
when he started to ride from the check clock to the U.S. pit
where he remembered he’d left his fanny pack. He realized
his mistake quickly and just did a little donut instead, though
he could’ve been DQ’d if the jury were sticklers for details.
Fortunately, he was able to put that behind him the rest of
the week to end up eighth in E1, less than 30 seconds and
just two spots behind Osborne, for a gold.
A clutch problem on day two almost cost Mike Brown a time
penalty, but he drew on his Baja experience and 500XC-W’s
over- 100 mph top end to possibly exceed posted speed limits
on the public roadways, making the next check with only 1
second to spare! He wrapped up the week by getting the
holeshot in the final day’s E3 moto over Australian Chris
Hollis and winning the moto.
In only his second Six Days, Charlie Mullins scored some
excellent times in the mostly dry, dusty and rocky tests that
were unlike anything he’s faced before, though he did have
one not-so-hot day. The two-time AMA National Enduro
champion still earned gold with his eighth in E2, contributing
strongly to the team’s final result.