The Kiwis continue to impress at this year’s International Six Days Enduro in Finland.
After two days of action, the Wellard New Zealand Yamaha Club team trio has moved up from seventh to third in the club teams’ classification.
However, just one minute and 36 seconds separate the leading Swedes – Team West – from the third-ranked Kiwis (Mokau’s Adrian Smith and Auckland cousins Karl and Chris Power). Less than three minutes covers the first five club teams and it’s too early yet to be predicting the winners, especially with four more brutal days of riding still to come.
Taranaki’s Smith (Yamaha YZ250F) continues to lead the C1 (club teams’ under-300cc four-stroke) class. Smith has stretched his class lead over Italian rider Maurizio Gerini (Husqvarna) from just a fraction over 45 seconds to 1m 43s.
Karl Power (Yamaha YZ450F) is on the attack.
He has moved up from third to second overall in the C2 (club teams’ over-300cc) class and is now just 1m 36s behind the new class leader, Sweden’s Olle Lothman (KTM). Slovakian rider Zlatko Novosad (Husqvarna) is in third spot, another 1m 22s behind Power.
The third team member, Chris Power (Yamaha YZ450F), is also on the charge and he has moved up from 20th in the C2 class after day one to 14th overall after day two.
In the main contest for Senior World Trophy honours, Finland continues to lead from Spain, with the United States now pushing their way up to third spot, followed by Sweden and Portugal, with Eero Remes (Finland, KTM) (pictured above) still the top individual outright.
Remes still leads the E1 class from fellow Finnish rider Juha Salminen (Husqvarna).
American Kurt Caselli (KTM) still leads the E2 class ahead of new No.2 man Cristobal Guerrero (Spain, KTM), with Australian Matthew Phillips (Yamaha) slipping back to third.
Finland’s Marko Tarkkala (Husaberg) still leads the E3 class, ahead of new No.2 man Joakim Ljunggren (Sweden, Husaberg), with Spain’s Ivan Cervantes (Gas Gas) dropping one position to third overall in the class.
Nothing much has changed in the battle for Junior World Trophy glory, with Team Sweden still in front, followed by France, Great Britain, Australia and the United States.
© Words and photo by Andy McGechan, www.BikesportNZ.com
© Main photo by Artuu Kauranne