Enjoying a highly successful week of racing, Loïc Larrieu has secured overall individual victory at the 92nd running of the International Six Days Enduro, in Brive, France. The WR450F mounted rider also helped Team France top the World Trophy Team standings while Yamaha Australia’s Jessica Gardiner and Jemma Wilson, together with fellow Aussie Tyla Jones, claimed victory in the Women’s World Trophy team competition. With Hugo Blanjoue a member of France’s winning Junior World Trophy team, there was at least one Yamaha rider on the top step of the podium in each of the event’s three main classes.
Making history for Yamaha, Loïc Larrieu was the fastest outright rider at the end of a long and demanding week of racing in Brive, France. Welcoming more than 800 riders from all over the world, the 2017 ISDE has been by far the most popular global enduro event of the annual calendar.
Kicking off the ISDE in style, Larrieu posted the fastest outright time on the first day of competition. Getting sixth overall on day two, the Frenchman was the fastest overall rider again on days three and five.
Despite suffering a small fall in the final motocross test, the WR450F rider wrapped up the week with a final overall advantage of 38 seconds, while also topping the Enduro 2 class by one-and-a-half minutes. Loïc was also a vital part of France’s winning World Trophy team.
Putting in a solid week-long performance aboard his WR250F Yamaha Australia’s Josh Green earned a seventh-place result in the Enduro 1 class, assisting Australia secure the runner-up spot in the World Trophy team classification.
For 22-year-old Hugo Blanjoue, the 2017 ISDE gave the Frenchman the chance to demonstrate his talent and speed. Getting eighth in Enduro 2, the WR450F mounted rider played a key role in helping France’s Junior World Trophy team secure class victory.
Yamaha Australia supported Jessica Gardiner and Jemma Wilson finished fourth and seventh respectively in the Enduro Women’s category. Together with their teammate Tayla Jones the trio secured the Women’s World Trophy team championship for an impressive fifth consecutive time.
Loïc Larrieu (France World Trophy Team)
1st Overall / 1st World Trophy Team
“Things couldn’t have gone any better for me. It feels amazing that we managed to secure the World Trophy title in front of our home fans. As for me personally, to get the overall victory is the best reward after a tough week of racing. On day one I received a 1-minute penalty and that made things even harder for me. After that it was difficult to get going again as I was the 16th rider to start day two, with a lot of dust. I was forced to make lots of passes in the special tests so ended up day two in sixth place. Things got better afterwards and for the rest of the race. I won day three and got second on day four. After finishing day four I learned that organisers accepted our appeal and my 1-minute penalty had been removed. Winning again day five I eased back a little bit and focused on helping my team win the World Trophy. It’s been a big team effort and I’d like to thank all my teammates and especially Christophe Nambotin, who suffered two bad crashes but raced through pain to help us get the win.”
Results – FIM International Six Days Enduro 2017
World Trophy Team
1. France – 12:59:38.23
Loïc Larrieu (Yamaha), Christophe Charlier (Husqvarna), Christophe Nambotin (KTM), Jeremy Tarroux (Sherco)
2. Australia – 13:05:52.26
Josh Green (Yamaha), Matthew Phillips (Sherco), Daniel Sanders (KTM), Daniel Milner (KTM)
3. Finland – 13:08:50.34
Antti Hellsten (Husqvarna), Eero Remes (TM), Henric Stigell (Husqvarna), Matti Seistola (KTM)
Junior World Trophy
1. France – 9:55:04.10
Hugo Blanjoue (Yamaha), Jeremy Miroir (Husqvarna), Anthony Geslin (Beta)
2. Italy – 9:55:19.63
Davide Soreca (Honda), Andrea Verona (TM), Matteo Cavallo (Beta)
3. USA – 9:57:07.00
Josh Toth (Yamaha), Michael Layne (Husqvarna), Grant Baylor (Husqvarna)
Women’s World Trophy
1. Australia – 7:08:04.01
Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha), Jemma Wilson (Yamaha), Tayla Jones (Husqvarna)
2. USA – 7:14:50.63
Kacy Martinez (KTM), Rebecca Sheets (KTM), Brandy Richards (KTM)
3. France – 7:34:40.74
Juliette Berrez (Yamaha), Samantha Tichet (Yamaha), Audrey Rossat (Husqvarna)
1. Josep Garcia (ESP), KTM, 3:12:23.99
2. Ryan Sipes (USA), Husqvarna, 3:13:27.64, +1:03:65
3. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Honda, 3:13:35.82, +1:11.83
7. Josh Green (AUS), Yamaha, 3:17:37.23, +5:13.24
14. Josh Toth (USA), Yamaha, 3:19:45.10, +7:21.11
15. Lee Sealey (GBR), Yamaha, 3:20:24.68, +8:00.69
17. Niklas Persson (SWE), Yamaha, 3:21:56.79, +9:32.80
19. Kjetil Gundersen (NOR), Yamaha, 3:23:17.20, +10:53.21
25. Matthew Vanoevelen (BEL), Yamaha, 3:27:23.44, +14:59.45
36. Kenji Suzuki (JPN), Yamaha, 3:38:16.60, +25:52.61
1. Loïc Larrieu (FRA), Yamaha, 3:11:45.68
2. Daniel Milner (AUS), KTM, 3:13:17.54, +1:31.86
3. Alex Salvini (ITA), Beta, 3:14:40.39, +2:54.71
8. Hugo Blanjoue (FRA), Yamaha, 3:18:06.97, +6:21.29
36. Yutaro Uchiyama (JPN), Yamaha, 3:50:43.72, +38:58.04
1. Laia Sanz (ESP), KTM, 3:28:52.18
2. Tayla Jones (AUS), Husqvarna, 3:30:26.50, +1:34.32
3. Brandy Richards (USA), KTM, 3:35:21.68, +6:29.50
4. Jessica Gardiner (AUS), Yamaha, 3:37:37.51, +8:45.33
7. Jemma Wilson (AUS), Yamaha, 3:45:27.57, +16:35.39
8. Juliette Berrez (FRA), Yamaha, 3:48:02.90, +19:10.72