KTM Enduro factory rider Johnny Aubert of France again demonstrated his superiority in Morelia, Mexico when he dominated Day 5 of this annual classic, the oldest offroad event in the FIM calendar, this year celebrating its 85th edition. Aubert has now won the E2 class on all five days and was the fastest individual rider.
Organizers presented riders with new challenges as they tackled an entirely different course than the previous days as they went in to the penultimate round and the last full day of riding. The track was a mixture of trails and special tests.
For the final day, riders will have to fight it out on a nearby motocross circuit.
KTM's Johnny Aubert continues to dominate the 2010 ISDE
Aubert's efforts helped to further solidify France's grip on the coveted World Trophy and collectively they finished 1.5 minutes in front of Finland, who are third behind Italy in the aggregate standings. While first place seems secure in French hands there is a battle of attrition for the minor places between Italy, which includes KTM riders Thomas Oldrati, Simone Albergoni and Alessandro Belometti and Finland where KTM's own Eero Remes. The USA, with Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown as spearheads, is in fourth place.
As the French lineup includes riders with some strong motocross credentials and because they are 10 minutes clear of Italy, the top result of the event's most prestigious trophy seems to be a foregone conclusion. Battle lines however are drawn to fight out for the minor podium places.
Spain continues to dominate the Junior Trophy with KTM's Lorenzo Santolino and Mario Roman performing with the same flair that they showed in the 2010 World Championship junior competitions and together they have amassed almost six minutes over second placed Sweden. Here too there is a close battle for the minor places between Sweden and the USA. France is in fourth place.
Eero Remes making a strong impression in E1
In the E1 category on the day Eero Remes came in second to Antoine Meo of France who extends his lead in the class. Third and fourth on Day 5 were KTM USA riders Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown. Aubert was fastest home in E2 for the fifth day in a row by thirty-nine seconds ahead of Rodrig Thain and Juha Salminen. Italian Simone Albergoni was the day's best KTM rider in the big E3 class coming home third behind Christophe Nambotin and Sebastien Guillaume (Husqvarna).
The ISDE Six Days Enduro is also an occasion for KTM to show support for all KTM riders, both professional and hobby riders and is a strong presence in the paddock offering customer service packages, spare parts and expert advice. In this spirit KTM also offers a trophy for the Toughest Club Rider and going into this final day, this competition is led by Aaron Bernadez of Spain, with Johnas Karlsson of Sweden and Andrew Delong of the USA in second a third place
Kurt Caselli doing the business for KTM USA
Results after Day 5 ISDE Morelia Mexico
1, France - including KTM's Johnny Aubert
2, Italy - including KTM's Thomas Oldrati, Simone Albergoni and Alessandro Belometti
3, Finland - including KTM's Eero Remes
4, USA - Including KTM's Kurt Caselli and Mike Brown
1, Spain - with KTM's Lorenzo Santolino and Mario Roman
Thomas Oldratti on the track for Italy's World Trophy Team
1, KTM 1 - with Aubert, Remes and Caselli
2, Husqvarna CH Racing
3, KTM 2 - with Belometti, Oldrati and Albergoni
4, Husaberg 1
5, KTM Intersports - with Kantolinen, Roman and Santolino
8, KTM Italia
10, KTM Mexico
12, KTM 3 (Mike Brown, Ian Blythe, Cory Buttrick - note Cory no longer riding after a fall that left him with bruises and abrasions
Progressive Individual Class Results
1, Antoine Meo, France, Husqvarna
2, Eero Remes, Finland, KTM
3, Alex Salvini, Italy, Husqvarna
4, Kurt Caselli, USA KTM
5, Jari Mattila, Finland, Honda
6, Mike Brown, USA, KTM
7, Ian Blythe, USA, KTM
10, Mario Roman, Spain, KTM
Homer Diaz best KTM rider for host country Mexico
1, Johnny Aubert, France, KTM (Aubert has won E2 for all of the 5 days of the competition so far)
2, Juha Salminen Finland, Husqvarna
3, Thomas Oldrati, Italy, KTM
4, Manual Monni, Italy, Yamaha
5, Rodrig Thain, France, TM
6, Lorenzo Santolino
1, Sebastien Guillaume, France, Husqvarna
2, Oriol Mena, Spain, Husaberg
3, Christoph Nambotin Gas-Gas
4, Simone Albergoni, Italy, KTM
5. Alessandro Botturi, Italy, Husaberg
6, Alessandro Belometti, Italy, KTM
7, Homero Diaz, Mexico, KTM