As competitors roll off the start line for the ninety-fourth FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE), Australian Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna) is focused on leading his nation to victory.
Arriving to Portimao as defending champions, RecoveR8 Team Australia look for a repeat win in the FIM World Trophy category.
But with a radically changed line up from 2018, Sanders feels they are not the clear favourites and that winning this year would be their biggest accomplishment yet.
“It’s nice to be here as defending champions,” tells Sanders. “But I think the competition is going to be very close.”
“We’ve a different team than last year and nations like Spain, United States and Great Britain have stepped up their game massively.”
But with a wealth of experience within the team, he remains quietly confident.
What’s awesome is that both Matt Phillips and Josh Green are hugely experienced. They’ve won in 2015 and know what it takes.”
“Matt is also a four-time FIM Enduro World Champion, and while he’s had time-out due to injury and is playing things down, that experience, knowledge and speed hasn’t faded.”
“Personally, I feel like I’m riding better than last year,” says Sanders of his 2018 runner-up result.
“This year all the FIM Enduro World Champions, national champions and fastest riders in the World are here, so if I can win it will prove myself as one of the best.”