With more than twenty-five nations competing in this year’s FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) the sense of patriotism runs deep, but nowhere more so than inside the United States camp.
Regarded somewhat as late comers to the traditional, timecard Enduro format, the USA has worked tirelessly over the last decade to rise to the forefront of the sport.
Their crowning glory came in 2016 when they lifted the FIM World Trophy title for the first time, in Spain.
Despite losing the defence of their title to France last year, the United States look to make amends in Chile.
“The FIM ISDE has become very important to the United States,” tells Taylor Robert - KTM. “I first arrived to this race back in 2010 and by watching the speed and skill of the European riders and how they attacked each special test, it opened up my eyes to the traditional Enduro format.”
“Improving each year to finally win the FIM World Trophy competition in 2016 was the icing on the cake for us,” continues Robert.
“But it’s also sparked a belief in the team and everyone back home that we can be competitive. For 2018 we’re aiming to win again. Of course, it won’t be easy, but we’re fully committed.”