Defending champions Italy have won the Junior World Trophy competition at the FIM International Six Days of Enduro (ISDE) in France.
Making it two wins in a row, Italy have added another win to the Junior World Trophy victory they secured at home in 2021, securing the top step of the Junior World Trophy podium in Le Puy-En-Velay.
Leading the class from Day One, the Italians remain unfazed as they entered the sixth and final day of racing to take victory.
“It feels amazing to win the FIM ISDE with Italy,” told Morgan Lesiardo (Sherco). “I’m very proud to take this victory for my country.
“We worked hard all week to put ourselves in a good position to take the win. Of course, as defending champions you want to finish on top again, but it is not so easy. It’s been a long and tough FIM ISDE, but a very enjoyable one.”
Despite holding an outside shot at beating Italy, Finland were unable to overhaul their rivals and had to settle for the runner-up result. With a sizeable lead over their closest rivals for the final step of the podium, Australia enjoyed a strong Day Six to take third.
Great Britain took fourth overall, with Spain rounding out the top five Junior World Trophy teams.
With the traditional Final Cross Test signing off the racing on Day Six at the FIM ISDE in France, it was the United States’ Austin Walton (Husqvarna) who claimed the final day win of the week.
The American looked good on the fast-paced test, racing clear to a five second margin of victory over Italy’s Morgan Lesiardo (Sherco), with United States’ Mateo Oliveira (KTM) one second behind in third.
After winning all five days so far, many expected France’s Zach Pichon (Sherco) to try for a clean sweep. But Pichon opted to settle for fourth to cement his position as the fastest outright Junior rider in the event’s outright individual classification.