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I.S.D.E Spain 2016

ISDE 2016

The Witley MCC Teams of Arnaud Didey, Rob Carey, Aaron Smith and Neil Bowker, Paul Jay, Tristan Robinson all met in Spain with Team Managers Barry Brockman and Shaun Smith for the International Six Day Enduro.

The event was held out of the Circuito De Navarra, a purpose build outdoor MotoGP style circuit. Team GB has a pit lane garage and large work area for the benefit of all the teams.

The week before the race was taken up by walking tests, checking over the bikes, and getting through administration and technical control. Luckily this all went off without a hitch (makes a nice change),and the riders were ready for the off on the Tuesday. The course for day one and two was the same. Two laps of a 160km circuit, including three special tests per lap, totalling 8 hours and 15 mins of mixed going, followed by the 15 minute work time. All six Witley riders managed to stay on time during these two days, and successfully changed tyres in the work time.

The first two days were very dusty, with riders having to change filter skins at nearly every check! Day three and four was a new track, totalling 7 and a half hours per day the saddle. A large amount of rain on the ‘red clay’’ soil made the going very slippery, but at least there was no dust to contend with! All Witley riders lost some time on day three due to the rain, and most also dropped time on day four too, well done to Rob and Aaron for managing to stay clean on day four! Day five was a mix of some of the going from days 1+2 and 3+4 to create a single lap with six special tests. A dry day made the going very enjoyable, and the big hill wasn’t as bad as feared! All riders managed to stay clean on time.

Day six, and the final motocross was held at the circuit. A small supermoto style tarmac start greeting the riders out of the gate, before a very heavily watered MX track. Tristan, Arnaud and Paul were out together in the third race, and managed to keep it rubber side down (mostly)! Neil went separately and had a blistering start before finishing well. Aaron and Rob went together, Aaron being very hyped up for the motocross managed to win his race!

All six Witley riders finished on Bronze medals, a first for many years, and the team really worked very well together. A special mention must go to Shaun and Claire Smith for hosting ‘Witley HQ’ in the paddock and feeding/ looking after all the boys. was had by all.

Tristan Robinson

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