For the fourth year in succession, The Australian Women’s ISDE team has won the world championship after six grueling days of competition in Spain.
The all Yamaha WR250F mounted trio of Tayla Jones, Jemma Wilson and Jessica Gardiner, named the ‘Yamaha bLU cRU Women’s Trophy Team’ created their own little piece of history as they achieved the teams’ fourth International Six Day Enduro (ISDE) victory after the sixth and final day of competition wrapped up yesterday.
The team was led by Tayla Jones who charged to another outstanding individual result taking third in the Women’s category and consolidated her position as one of the world’s best female off road racers.
She was ably backed up by Jemma Wilson and Jessica Gardiner who both finished inside the top 20 and enable the team to claim the victory ahead of the Spanish and German teams.
“I’m stoked we have won the ISDE again and the feeling is as good as the first time we won it four years ago,” Jones said excitedly. “There were some tough days with plenty of different conditions throughout the event but Jemma, Jess and myself were able to ride strong until the end and get the win.
“I struggled a bit in the mud on day four and dropped from second to third so that is something I will have to work on but as a team I’m pumped with what we did and it’s amazing to stand on the podium with these girls again and represent Australia so thank you to all our friends, supporters and sponsors,” Jones ends.
On hand to witness the girls’ historic fourth consecutive victory was Yamaha’s Motorsport Manager, Ray Howard who was delighted with the result.
“Yamaha Australia congratulate Tayla, Jemma and Jessica on an amazing result to capture their fourth ISDE championship. They all did a great job in not only racing the event but are great ambassadors for Yamaha and Australia and thoroughly deserve their success after the work and dedication each of them have for racing.
“Things didn’t go as planned for our Yamaha mounted male riders but they will bounce back for 2017 where we again aim to win more individual and team honours,” Howard states.
As Howard mentioned, Yamaha’s lead male rider and former world number 2, Daniel Milner, had a disastrous event when he detailed a chain early in the event causing his front sprocket to break and end his ISDE campaign. Milner was gutted at his unfortunate luck but desperate to make amends in 2017.
“I love the ISDE and have done well here in the past but it just wasn’t my year this year. It looks like I have hit something which has then caused the bottom chain guide to bend and then derail the chain. As the chain come off, it broke the front sprocket and I couldn’t finish the day so that was my ISDE over right there,” Milner said.
Tom McCormack also flew the Yamaha flag in the E2 class as well as the Australian Junior Trophy team. McCormack claimed 12th in the E2 class on board his Yamaha WR450F while the Australian Junior Trophy team came home in fifth place.