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Cycle News 2022 Issue 26 June 28

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U.S. ISDE World Trophy Teams Named T he AMA announced the 10 World Trophy Team riders selected to represent the U.S. at the 2022 FIM Interna- tional Six Days Enduro in Le Puy en Velay, France, August 29-September 3. "We have been unfortunate with many rider injuries this year leading up to the event," said KTM Group Director of Off-Road Racing Antti Kal- lonen, who's managed the U.S. World Trophy and Junior World Trophy teams since 2012 and the Women's World Trophy team since 2017. "On the flip side, we are fortunate to have a deep field of world- class riders to choose from to be able to build championship-level teams in all categories." The Trophy riders will com- pete as the U.S. World Tro- phy, Junior World Trophy and Women's World Trophy teams. Every country participating in the ISDE is allowed four riders on its World Trophy Team, three riders age 23 or younger on its Junior Trophy Team, and three female riders on its Women's Team. The 2022 U.S. World Trophy Team includes: Joshua Toth, KTM 350 XC-F Factory Edition; Kailub Russell, KTM 350 XC-F Factory Edition; Dante Oliveira, KTM 450 XC-F; and Layne Mi- chael, Yamaha YZ450F. "I'm excited to welcome back Kailub to lead the Trophy Team this year," Kallonen said. "Al- though he retired from full-time racing nearly two years ago, he has proven to have the speed and is more motivated now than ever for ISDE. Two solid riders I'm also looking forward to work- ing with are Layne and Josh, who both have proven this year to have the sprint speed to fight for the top step. Our fourth rider, Dante, who had an outstanding performance at last year's ISDE on the Junior Team, has excel- lent speed and definitely belongs on the Trophy Team." The 2022 U.S. Junior World Trophy Team includes: Mateo Oliveira, KTM 250 SX-F; Austin Walton, Husqvarna FX 450; and Cody Barnes, Honda CRF250R. The 2022 U.S. Women's World Trophy Team includes: Ra- chel Gutish, GasGas EX 350F; Korie Steede, KTM 250 SX-F; and Brandy Richards, KTM 350 XC-F Factory Edition. "As with all three teams," said Kallonen, "expectations are high. But they're especially high with our Women's Team, as we have two of last year's champs— Brandy and Rachel—returning to the team to defend their title." CN IN THE WIND P44 The U.S. ISDE Women's Trophy team hopes to defend its title later this year in France. PHOTO: MARY RINNELL

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