Husqvarna Riders Top World Trophy With Team Finland
At the end of six demanding days of racing Husqvarna CH Racing Monster Energy Team riders JuhaSalminen and Matti Seistola were able to celebrate winning the World Trophy teamcompetition as members of the Finnish team at the 2011 edition of the FIMInternational Six Days Enduro held in Kotka, Finland.
With Finland expected to top the World Trophy class, the fact that this year’s ISDE was held in their home country meant there was added pressure on both Salminen and Seistola to perform. And perform they did, with Salminen claiming the eventual runner-up position in the E1 class. Seistola spent most of the week in third before a damaged radiator on day five dropped him to an eventual finishing position of fifth.
With heavy rain during the first four days of the event the 86th ISDE proved to be a demanding race for all riders. Competing at the front of the entry, Salminen enjoyed a largely trouble free week having to do little more than fit new tyres and brake pads to his TE250. Second to countryman Eero Remes on all but the third day, which he won 10 seconds, Juha earned a well-deserved second place in the official Enduro 1 class results following an impressive performance during his final day motocross race.
Competing in his first ISDE Matti Seistola was having a very similar week to team-mate Salminen during the first four days of competition. Third in the E1 class behind Remes and Salminen, on day four a fall on one of the special tests resulted in his bike being landed on, which damaged the radiator. Forced to fit a new radiator, Matti picked up a four-minute time penalty that dropped him from third in class to 18th . Delivering a dominant performance in his final day motocross race, Matti lifted himself to an eventual fifth in the E1 class at the end of what was a challenging week for the six days first timer.
Juha Salminen –Enduro 1:
‘ I’ve had a good race from the start really. My bike has run well and the test were a lot of fun. During the first few laps of the event Eero (Remes) was really fast so once he had pulled out his lead I just kept my head down and pushed hard. Not having so many special tests each day it was hard to take back the time I lost on the first day. Day three went really well and I was able towin the E1 class but on all other days I was second. The six days isn’t like the world championship, things don’t always go the way you want them to. But for me generally everything went well. Winning the World Trophy team competition with the Finnish team was the most important thing, so from that point of view it’s been a great event.’
Results - 2011 International Six Days Enduro, Kotka, Finland
1. Eero Remes (KTM) 3.22:00.63;
2. JuhaSalminen (Husqvarna) 3.23:49.92;
3. Lorenzo Santolino (KTM) 3.23:41.84;
4.Antti Hellsten (KTM) 3.33:21.07;
5. Matti Seistola (Husqvarna)3.33:32.28;
6. Mario Roman (KTM) 3.33:59.45;
7. Luis Oliveira (Yamaha)3.37:10.40;
8. Paulo Felicia (Yamaha) 3.37:23.46;
9. Martin Larsson (Husaberg)3.37:50.68;
10. Victor Guerrero (Yamaha) 3.38:49.02
1. Finland, 17.11:11.66;
2. Spain, 17.41:54.43;
3. USA, 18.05:34.86;
4. Sweden, 18.20:34.23;
5. The Netherlands, 18.33:29.28;
1. France, 10.47:34.11;
2. Sweden, 11.00:47.31;
3. Great Britain, 11.05:16.50;
4. USA, 11.34:06.87;
5. Australia, 11.41:28.41;
6. Spain, 11.47:21.61…
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