Loïc Larrieu Claims Top Five Class Result At 2018 ISDE
Battling for a top-three position throughout a challenging week of enduro competition in Chile, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Loïc Larrieu has secured a solid fifth place result in the Enduro 2 category at the 2018 International Six Days Enduro. Further strengthening Yamaha's presence at this 93rd running of the event, Jessica Gardiner helped Team Australia win the Women's World Trophy for an impressive sixth consecutive time.
Featuring six days of racing in extremely hot, dusty and slippery conditions, this year's ISDE proved to be notably demanding for all competitors. Claiming the overall individual victory at the 2017 ISDE in France, Loïc Larrieu entered this year's event looking for a strong performance in Vina del Mar.
Enjoying a positive start to the week-long event, Larrieu found himself second in the Enduro 2 category and less than one-minute behind the provisional class leader at the end of day one. Continuing to battle for a provisional top-three class result throughout the week, the Frenchman was left with a mountain to climb following a big crash early on day five.
Returning stronger for the sixth and final day of the 2018 ISDE, the WR450F powered rider posted the fastest time of all Enduro 2 class riders during the final cross test. Placing an eventual fifth overall in the Enduro 2 category, Larrieu helped Team France secure fourth in the final World Trophy classification.
WR250F powered Jessica Gardiner helped Team Australia make history by topping the Women's Trophy classification for the sixth time. Remaining consistent throughout the week in Chile, the young Aussie also claimed a strong fourth place result in the Enduro Women category.
Representing Team Spain, WR250F powered Victor Guerrero secured a podium result by placing third in the Enduro 1 category. Together with his brother Cristobal Guerrero, the two Yamaha powered riders helped Team Spain secure a fifth place result in the World Trophy standings.
The 2018 ISDE brings the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team's highly successful involvement with international enduro competition to a close. Officially representing Yamaha at the pinnacle of global enduro competition for the last three years, the French-based team have enjoyed a wealth of success since 2016.
With Loïc Larrieu finishing as the Enduro 2 World Championship runner-up in 2016 and 2018, and the EnduroGP World Championship runner-up in 2017, the WR450F powered rider also claimed the outright victory at the 2017 ISDE. In the 250cc category, Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider Jamie McCanney has finished as the Enduro 2 World Championship runner-up in 2017 and the Enduro 1 World Championship runner-up in 2018.
The Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team will no longer participate in the FIM Enduro World Championship. Complete details on the team's plans for the future will be announced in the coming weeks.
Loïc Larrieu – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team rider
5th Enduro 2
"This year's ISDE has been a good experience and I am happy with fifth in Enduro 2. After the first couple days, I started feeling pain on my injured wrist and could not give 100%. I pushed hard, battling for the top-three in my class, but a crash on day five made things difficult. I crashed hard in the opening test on Friday and could not find a good pace for the rest of the day. It was good to end this week by winning the final cross test. This year's ISDE was a lot different than last year. The terrain was dusty and slippery and it was hard to avoid mistakes. Wrapping up the season here in Chile, I want to say a big thank you to the Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team and all its members for all they've done for me these last three years. We've lived some great moments with the team and I wish them all the best in their new projects."
Marc Bourgeois – Outsiders Yamaha Official Enduro Team Manager
"Battling through a wrist injury, Loïc did the best he could throughout the week in Chile and we are satisfied with his performance. Going into this year's ISDE as the defending outright champion, our expectations were high for Loïc. He started the event strongly and kept putting in some good special tests times throughout the week. Conditions in Vina del Mar were tricky, there was a lot of dust during the week and not as many sand tests as we might have expected. Battling for a top-three result in the Enduro 2 category, Loïc had to settle for fifth in the class following a crash on day five. I would like to thank Loïc, Jamie McCanney and Cristobal Guerrero for all their efforts representing our team these last three years. We now have our eyes set on a new and exciting project and all details will be announced shortly."
Results - FIM International Six Days Enduro 2018
World Trophy Team
1. Australia - 13:40:08:56
Daniel Milner (KTM), Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna), Lyndon Snodgrass (KTM), Josh Strang (Husqvarna)
2. USA - 13:47:18:54
Ryan Sipes (Husqvarna), Robert Taylor (KTM), Steward Baylor (KTM), Zach Bell (Husqvarna)
3. Italy - 13:50:57:85
Davide Guarneri (Honda), Alex Salvini (Husqvarna), Thomas Oldrati (Honda), Giacomo Redondi (Honda)
4. France - 13:57:31:53
Loïc Larrieu (Yamaha), Christophe Charlier (Beta), Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas), Thomas Dubost (KTM)
5. Spain - 14:01:18:37
Victor Guerrero (Yamaha), Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha), Jaume Betriu (KTM), Jonathan Barragan (Gas Gas)
Women's World Trophy
1. Australia - 10:26:54:17
Tayla Jones (Husqvarna), Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha), Tricker Mackenzie (KTM)
2. USA - 10:35:57:27
Rebecca Sheets (KTM), Tarah Gieger (Honda), Brandy Richards (KTM)
3. Sandra Gomez (KTM), Mireia Badia (Husqvarna), Gabriela Seisdedos (Gas Gas)
1. Andrea Verona (ITA), TM, 4:37:32:45
2. Davide Guarneri (ITA), Honda, 4:38:07.91, +35.46
3. Victor Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 4:39:04.06, +6:13.33
6. Luis Oliveira (POR), Yamaha, 4:43:45.78, +6:13.33
13. Eemil Helander (FIN), Yamaha, 4:57:40.11, +20:07.66
1. Taylor Robert (USA), KTM, 4:31:47.96
2. Steward Baylor (USA), KTM, 4:37:01.50, +5:13.54
3. Thomas Oldrati (ITA), Honda, 4:37:58.89, +6:10.93
5. Loïc Larrieu (FRA), Yamaha, 4:38:47.97, +7:00.01
7. Cristobal Guerrero (ESP), Yamaha, 4:39:07.93, +7:19.97
10. Rui Goncalves (POR), Yamaha, 4:42:15.98, +10:28.02
1. Tayla Jones (AUS), Husqvarna, 5:08:48.18
2. Brandy Richards (USA), KTM, 5:11:43.87, +2:55.69
3. Livia Lancelot (FRA), Honda, 5:13:24.78, +4:36.60
4. Jessica Gardiner (AUS), Yamaha, 5:19:57.28, +11:09.10
13. Rita Vieira (POR), Yamaha, 5:52:35.95, +43:47.77
24. Maribel Giordani (ARG), Yamaha, 8:00:24.35, +2:51:36.17
All images from the 2018 International Six Days Enduro can be found here.