As one of the 370 riders competing in this year's International Six Days Enduro Oriol Mena has his sights set on successIf there’s one thing Husaberg’s Oriol Mena and his three Spanish team mates are focused on it’s retaining their title as Junior Trophy team champions at this year’s International Six days Enduro, staged in Morelia, Mexico. Winners of the prestigious award last year in Portugal, the team that features Mena as one of the star performers starts this year’s event as the junior squad to beat. And with conditions likely to suit the four experienced riders few are betting against Sp ain claiming a consecutive Junior Trophy team class win.
As ’09 Enduro Junior World Champion, and with a year’s experience in the competitive Enduro 3 World Championship, Oriol is the team’s most experienced rider. But competing alongside him is ’10 EJ World Champion Lorenzo Santolino and ’10 Youth Cup winner Mario Roman. Add to that trio the hard charging Victor Guerrero and it’s easy to see why the Spanish junior team is tipped for more success.
"We have the same team as last year, which is a very strong team," commented Oriol as he placed his bike in the parc ferme. "We only have one goal, which is to win. All of the team’s riders are very experienced and we feel like we are in a very strong position to win again. Of course anything can happen at the six days but we are all looking forward to the event.
“Mexico is the place where I won the Enduro Junior World Championship last year, so it’s a special place for me. The conditions are also similar to Spain – dry, dusty with many stones – so that is very good for the Spanish riders. I’ve walked all of the special test with the rest of the team and they look good so hopefully everything will go well. One thing that is unique here is that all bikes have less power because of the high altitude."
While Mena is the rider expected to lead Husaberg's assault on the 85th running of the event six other Husaberg riders are also hoping for noteworthy results. Competing for the Swedish Junior Trophy team is Calle Sjoo. With the team's container held up in customs Calle, like all Swedish riders, had a lot less time to prepare for the event that hoped, but is looking to end '10 with a strong result. Competing alongside Calle in the Swedish Junior Trophy Team will be Kalle Svensson, who makes his first race on a TE300.
Once again a member of the Finnish Trophy team Valtteri Salonen will be doing his best to ensure that the Finns put themselves in a position to challenge Trophy team favorites France. With no Swedish Trophy team in Mexico Joakim Ljunggren remains at home in Sweden where he's preparing for the upcoming Indoor Enduro World Championship.
Two Husaberg riders will represent the States in Mexico - Nathan Woods who races as a member of the Trophy team, and Nick Fahringer who's competing for the US Junior Trophy.
But the ISDE isn't only about the riders looking to secure trophies - it’s much more for the enduro world, almost like the Olympic Games for track and field. Once again amateur riders make up the majority of participants, most of them competing in club teams. For them the participation in the ISDE involves a lot of organisational and financial efforts.
In order to support these privateers, Husaberg established a rental bike and race service program to help minimise these efforts for Husaberg customers. The response was overwhelming and no less than 20 riders from six countries using this service in Morelia, which includes a fully equipped and prepared race bike as well as technical support and assistance and availability of spare parts throughout the whole race.
The 2010 International Six Days Enduro starts on Monday, November 1 and finishes on Saturday, November 7. The event will be based in the grounds of the Nuevo Morelia Shopping Mall, which is five kilometers from the city centre. The total length of the course will be approximately 1’300km. Days one and two will feature two laps of 120km with four time controls and four special tests each lap. Days three and four will feature two laps of 125km each day, again with four time controls and four special tests per lap.
The penultimate day will see competitors complete two laps with four time controls and four special tests, with the sixth and final day featuring just two time controls before riders reach the final day motocross, which will take place at the Autodromo El Aguila.
Host city Morelia is situated in the north central part of the state of Michoacan in central Mexico, and is the capital city of the state. The Spanish took control of the city in 1520 with the original settlement named Valladolid in 1541. After the Mexican War of Independence the city was renamed Morelia. In ’91 the city was named a World Heritage Site due to its preserved colonial buildings.
Sign of the times: Husaberg riders welcome riders to ISDE in Mexico
Winning team: Oriol Mena takes his place as a member of Spain's Junior Trophy Team
Last minute preparations: With their container delayed in customs it's all hands on deck for Team Sweden
Ready to rent: One of Husaberg's rental bikes awaits collection
The wait is over: With hours, not days, to get bikes ready for the event Team Sweden were the busiest team in the paddock
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