The Australian team with the under 23-year-old riders won the first day in the SixDays. France finished second with a remarkable Larrieu Loic who had the best time in the Junior Trophy. Sweden completed the podium of the first day and Argentina finished seventh.
The International Six Days of Enduro started this Monday morning with six difficult tests in the west of San Juan. The fight was tight within the Junior Trophy. Between the first and the fifth team to arrive into the Paddock there is a gap of only 1m45s.
The Australian riders drew the attention on the first day as they added up a time of 2h37m12s. Daniel Sanders was the fastest among them as he completed the six tests in 51m59s. France finished in the second position, 30 seconds behind the leader in the overall.
The fastest time in this category was for French rider Larrieu Loic who clocked 50m44s and made the scratch of the day. «I´m very happy with my first day, everything was ok, my teammates were strong despite a few mistakes, but that is understandable since this is a new race for them and they are going to start learning along the race », he said after leaving his bike in Parc Fermé.
The Swedish team got the third place in the podium on Day 1 only 1m2s behind. The Top Five was completed by the USA and Chile. Looking at the second day of competition, the Swedish rider Nelson Oliver said: “Tomorrow, we should work on some tests a little and look at some lines, but we go full gas… I hope for the best”.
The American rider Jones Justin, who was the fastest among the under-23 riders in Special Test 2, held at Club Náutico, spoke about the layout of the tests. “I like the terrain, the tests are very good. Today I had a lot of fun”, said KTM rider.
Local riders added up a total of 2h48m27s getting the seventh place over Canada, South Africa and Colombia, a little over 11 minutes behind Australia. The fastest rider was Nicolás Kútulas, who together with Martín Mercado and Agustín Maldonado added the final time for Day 1 (Juan Ignacio Zunino´s time was not considered).