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James Stewart

NZ's ISDE Team for Finland selected



The International Six Day Enduro is often referred to as the 'Olympics' of the Enduro scene. It has been run every year since 1913 and is a true test of man and machine.

After the outstanding result in Mexico from the three Yamaha mounted riders, Adrian Smith, Karl Power and Chris Power, where they managed a second position in the World Club Teams class, their efforts have cemented their Finland ride for 2011.

After a jostling of rider selection, and the inclusion of Paul Whibley, only to have his USA commitments get in the way, the same three riders will head to Kota, Hamina in Finland where the race will take place from August 8-13.

The 2010 Team in Mexico - Adrian Smith, Chris Power and Karl Power.

Joined by Adam Reeves, as travelling reserve, the team is set for any worst case scenarios.

The Kiwi boys will fly out early August, stop-over in Singapore and then carry on to Finland where they will meet their container full of modified Yamaha YZFs and prepare for another attack on the World Club Trophy. 

Like last year, you can keep up with the results of the Kiwi Team through living terrain test timing and through the excellent Wellard’s website. Last year's:

So you can expect daily video and dairy updates from Peter and Dale Strickland, the two masterminds behind the Kiwi assault.

The Finish ISDE site is:

Postscript:  There's a Kiwi/Finland 'connection' in all this. At Whakatane's Summercross we were staying at a motel and were out sorting out the bikes and van's of Tony Cooksley and Scott Henderson. A Finish guy came up and introduced himself, his name was Jorma Mustonen and he was in the Finish Kart Sport Federation. He was on vacation but had lived in Kawerau as a boy when his father was working on the construction of the Kawerau Pulp and Paper Mill. He knew all about the ISDE as his neighbour was a famous Enduro rider ... but I can't remember his name !  Jorma owns a trucking business in Finland and later after a couple of beers generously offered the Kiwi Team the use of a van whilst there.  Through Tony's Yamaha connections that offer has since been taken up.  Small world indeed !

The NZ Team in 2010.