AMA announces U.S. team members for 2012 International Six Days Enduro
PICKERINGTON, OH – June 26, 2012 – The American Motorcyclist Association is pleased to announce the U.S. riders who will contest the 87th International Six Days Enduro. Led by the World Trophy Team of Russell Bobbitt, Mike Brown, Kurt Caselli, Robert Garrison, Charlie Mullins and Taylor Robert, a contingent of 31 U.S. riders will face the best off-road racers from other countries in Saxony, Germany, Sept. 24-29.
“The ISDE represents the pinnacle of world off-road competition, and winning this prestigious event has long been an American dream,” said AMA Off-Road Manager Chuck Weir. “For 2012, we have taken our program to an entirely new level, and we’re going to Germany with one goal in mind: making that dream a reality and standing on the top of the box this September.”
The ISDE effort this year is managed by Antti Kallonen, who guides KTM North America’s off-road racing teams in U.S.-based series.
“I’m very excited about this year’s Trophy Team,” said Kallonen, whose own professional racing career included competition in the FIM Motocross World Championship. “We were able to assemble a very fast team. We have a few new riders on the team and they have proved their speed in our national series. And with manufacturers on board, all the riders have full support behind them, so they can focus only on racing. This year’s Six Days will have some of the stiffest competition we have seen in years, but with our team, we have good chance to be on top.”
Caselli, from Palmdale, Calif., will captain the World Trophy Team. He will race a KTM in Germany. Garrison, from Hesperia, Calif., will compete on a Kawasaki. Bobbitt, from Fayetteville, Ga., will race a KTM. Robert, from Scottsdale, Ariz., will ride a Kawasaki. Brown, from Bluff City, Tenn., and Mullins, from Hickory, N.C., will race KTMs.
The World Trophy Team is one of three premier teams that represent the United States at the ISDE. The others are the Junior Trophy Team, which fields four riders younger than 23 years old, and the Women’s World Cup Team, which fields three female riders. In addition, several club team members represent the United States at the event.
The U.S. Junior Trophy Team will include Steward Baylor from Belton, S.C.; Travis Coy from Fremont, Calif.; Andrew DeLong from Morgantown, Pa.; and Thad Duvall from Williamstown, W.Va. Baylor and Coy will race KTMs in Germany, while DeLong will ride a Husqvarna and Duval will compete on a Honda.
“Our Junior Trophy Team is made from pure speed,” Kallonen said. “The riders selected are among the top riders in the country, and even though they are new to the Six Days, I expect them to do well and be on top. We have a good support program for our Junior Team riders to guide them so, again, the riders can focus on racing.”
The U.S. Women’s Cup Team will include Rachel Gutish from Terre Haute, Ind.; Mandi Mastin from Whitehouse, Ohio; and Sarah Whitmore from Cheboygan, Mich. All three Women’s Cup Team riders will field KTMs in Germany.
“I’m really excited about the Women’s team this year,” Mastin said. “I think it is a great combination of youth, experience and speed. All three of us women, Rachael, Sarah and myself, are diverse riders with different qualities that we will bring to the team, which I feel will help us tremendously in competing for the Women’s World Cup.”
The U.S. ISDE team has also designated a Senior Club Team of veterans from the club team members. This year, the Senior Club Team will include Billy Burns from Dorset, Vt.; Jeff Fredette from Beecher, Ill.; and Ron Schmelzle from Colorado Springs, Colo.
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