Will be posting many more photos from the 2009 Idaho ISDE qualifier race. For those of you that don’t know the ISDE race is to choose the riders that will represent the United States at the 2009 International Six Day Enduro in Figueira da Voz, Portugal. This is a two day event in Idaho and is so grueling and tough that many, many riders don’t finish both days and some only ride one day because it is so hard. About six hours on the motorcycle each day makes for an event that will always be remembered.
Here is an article about this race. International Six Day Enduro in Figueira da Voz, Portugal
Each is a two-day race using the enduro format and anyone can participate. Riders who are attempting to qualify register in the Letter of Intent (LOI) divisions of E1, E2, E3, E4 (senior) and Women. Other riders who simply want to race the event for their own interest are allowed to race just Day 1, Day 2 or both.
We decided to see the action and experience how difficult this style of racing is so we loaded up our FMF Factory Suzuki Off-Road RM-Z450 test bike and headed out to Idaho City for the final qualifier. Read JC’s first-hand account below the official results.
Factory KTM rider David Kamo took victory in the E3 category and also topped the rest of the LOI divisions to garner first overall which puts him onto the Jr. World team in Portugal. The AMA should be releasing the final team announcements very soon which will take into account rides who qualified but cannot attend the Portugal event for any reason (money being the primary factor).
Admittedly not a huge nitpicker about bike setup, Kamo showed up on the same bike he’s using to lead the AMA Hare and Hound championship. Though the course was primarily single track, there were sections, especially the silty, rocky, whooped-out hillclimbs where the massive power and desert bias were put to good use. “My KTM 530 was set up more for high speed desert races, but for the conditions it ran top notch,” he said.