Pop open the champagne, France have won the centennial year of the ISDE in Olbia, Sardinia.
The French didn’t put a foot wrong on the sixth and final day of competition to successfully defend their FIM World Trophy crown.
Entering the traditional motocross race with 13 minutes in hand over the United States in second place, France were third on day six to easily secure the outright win and retain the ISDE trophy.
Adding to the occasion, Antoine Meo – the Enduro 1 World Champion – who opted to contest the Enduro 3 class in Sardinia also claimed top honours in the outright individual classification.
As expected the final motocross played right into the hands of the US. Quietly confident that they could end their week on a high, both Zach Osborne and Mike Brown won their Enduro 1 and Enduro 3 classes respectively to earn the US the top spot on day six and finish as runners-up to the French.
A week of hard graft had put Italy into third place. The hosts were relieved to end their home race with a podium. Entering the ISDE as favourites to end recent French domination, the Italians endured a week of misfortune.
Finally getting it together on day five, and helped by Alex Salvini winning the Enduro 2 class on day six, Italy completed the top three in the World Trophy team competition.
Australia ended their week – which had begun with much promise – just off the podium in fourth position. Pushing hard for second position, their luck ran out when one of their riders suffered a mechanical problem on day five.
Losing valuable time, they eventually dropped back to fourth position. However, with ISDE standout Daniel Milner claiming outright honours in E2, they still had plenty of reasons to be pleased with their performances.
With no change for fifth, Spain rounded out the top five, while team member Cristobal Guerrero won the Enduro 1 category.
France also won the FIM Junior World Trophy with host nation Italy second and Great Britain chasing them home for third.
Australia ended France’s five-year reign of the Women’s World Trophy by recording their debut win in the category. Sweden edged out third place France to take second.
With the 100th anniversary of the ISDE now decided, the event moves to San Juan in Argentina for 2014.