The excited jabber of the Finland team riders and their supporters punctuated the air as the 81st International Six Days Enduro wrapped up near Taupo today.
As expected, there was little any of the 31 nations competing could do to peg back the flying Finns, as the theme of the event transformed on the sixth and final day from a battle of endurance in the mud and slush to a test of high-speed riding on the volcanic sand and ash of the local motocross track.
Finland won the event from France and Spain.
In the Junior Trophy Team (for riders under age 23) standings, the United States team won, ahead of France and Australia.
Trophy Team standings after Day Six of the ISDE:
1. Finland; 2. France, 15m09s behind the leaders; 3. Spain, 20m06s; 4. Italy, 23m25s; 5. Sweden, 24m10s; 6. Australia, 24m51s; 7. New Zealand, 42m39s; 8. Slovakia, 58m33s; 9. Great Britain, no time given at time of release; 10. USA, no time given.
Junior Trophy Team Positions (under 23 years)
1. USA; 2. France, 8m20s behind the leaders; 3. Australia, 11m54s; 4.Germany, 14m06s; 5. Italy, 15m20s; 6. Great Britain, 17m52s; 7. Finland, 19m21s; 8. Netherlands, 20m01s; 9. Spain, 26m27s; 10. New Zealand, 35m16s.