Representing your country at the Six Days is quite an honor, and something that meant the world to Kurt Caselli, perennial Top American and 2009/2010 ISDE Trophy Team Captain. Coinciding with the KC66 fundraiser, the American Motorcyclist Association has announced the 10 Trophy team riders selected to represent the United States at the 2021 FIM International Six Days Enduro in Italy on August 30 - September 4, 2021.
The 10 Trophy riders will compete as the U.S. World Trophy, Junior World Trophy and Women’s World Trophy teams. Every country participating in the ISDE is allowed four riders on its World Trophy Team, three riders aged 23 or younger on its Junior Trophy Team, and three female riders on its Women’s team. The 2021 U.S. World Trophy Team includes: Johnny Girroir of Boonville, NC, GASGAS EC 250F; Taylor Robert of Scottsdale, AZ., KTM 450 XC-F; Layne Michael of Boonville NC, Yamaha YZ450F; and Ryan Sipes of Ekron, KY, GASGAS EC 300 TPI.
The 2021 U.S. Junior World Trophy Team, made up of riders age 23 and younger, includes: Cody Barnes of Sterling, IL, Honda CRF250R; Dante Oliveira of Hollister, CA, KTM 450 XC-F; and Austin Walton of Sparks, NV, Husqvarna FX450. While the Women’s Team is comprised of Brandy Richards of Lake Havasu City, AZ, KTM 250 XC-F; Rachel Gutish of Terre Haute, IN, Beta 250 RR; and Britney Gallegos of Monte Vista, CO, Husqvarna 250FX.
“I’m excited to return to ISDE racing after a long, one-year break from it,” said U.S. ISDE Trophy Team Manager and FMF KTM Factory Racing Team Manager Antti Kallonen, “and our motivation is high with lots of fresh faces on our team roster this year. I believe we have been able to form three strong teams to defend our World Trophy and Women titles and aim for a Junior title, as well,” he added.
The U.S. World Trophy Team last won the ISDE — the world’s largest annual off-road motorcycle competition — in 2019, giving the U.S. its second ISDE World Trophy title. The U.S. Women’s Trophy team also won in 2019, the first time since 2007 the Women’s Trophy team had taken the award.