Team USA scored a second and third place at the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) competition in Serres, Greece, Sept. 1-6. The U.S. women's team finished second.
The women's team consisted of Nicole Bradford, Amanda Mastin and Maria Forsberg. The men's team, finishing in third place, consisted of Kurt Caselli, Ricky Dietrich, Jimmy Jarrett, Destry Abbott, Nathan Kanney and Nathan Woods.
The ISDE is one of the longest-running competitive events in motorcycling. It began in Carlisle, England, in 1913 and has run every year since with the exceptions of breaks for the two World Wars.
In addition to overall team honors, riders earn medals for their performances. Riders who finish within 10% of their class winner receive gold medals. Riders finishing within 40% of that score receive a silver medal. Riders finishing the event with never being more then one hour late for any check get a bronze medal.
In all, Team USA scored 10 gold, 15 silver and two bronze medals, with another finisher. There were two DNFs. This is one of the U.S. team's strongest performances at the "Olympics of Motorcycling."
"The ISDE represents one of the most difficult tests of man and machine, and the AMA is proud of the riders and crew who made this year's Team USA a success," said Bryan Cohn, AMA senior director of racing. "The effort this year was one of the most organized ever, and that was reflected in the results. Despite a few bad breaks, Team USA had a strong showing among the world's best off-road riders at what, historically, has been one of our most challenging events."
The U.S. Trophy Team faced huge odds this year. On the third day of the contest, the team's strongest rider, Kurt Caselli, crashed out of the event. Caselli, the early leader of the event, was battling for the overall lead with multi-time ISDE overall top rider Juha Salminen. Despite the loss of Caselli and riding with only five of six allowable riders, the U.S. Trophy Team's remaining members claimed a coveted podium finish, edging Finland for third overall on the last day.
A number of sponsors kicked in critical funds and other means of support for the Team USA effort. Companies that made Team USA a possibility in 2008 included Arai Helmets, Spectro Lubricants, Kenda Tires, Bob Lamphere's Beaverton Honda Yamaha, MSR, Tucker Rocky, Mountain Glass and Fly Racing. Also helping out were all the die-hard fans who bought an official Team USA ISDE T-shirt, all proceeds of which went to support the transport of riders, bikes and crew to Greece.