As the ninety-seventh FIM International Six Day’s Enduro (ISDE) enters the home straight in San Juan, Argentina, Club Team Award rider Josh Toth (GASGAS) is showing no signs of slowing down.
From the United States, Toth is racing with XC Gear and enjoying his time at the front of the Club Team Award category.
As a team they lead the standings by over fifteen minutes at the end of day four. Toth is also well-clear at the head of the individual Club Team Award standings, with a seven-minute lead.
Now in his seventh 6DAYS®, Toth is a familiar name within the paddock having competed on the United States World Trophy team multiple times, and as recently as last year in France.
Not originally planning to race in San Juan, he is glad to be here following a last-minute change of schedule.
“It’s so nice to be back at the ISDE,” Toth explains. “Originally, I wasn’t planning to race this year. But a place became available and thanks to a lot of quick help from friends and sponsors we were able to get here.”
With numerous FIM World Trophy rides under his belt, how has the switch to the Club Team Award gone?
“It’s a lot different in the Club Team,” tells Toth. “We’re starting behind all the Trophy classes, so the tests are already pretty rough before we get there. Day one was interesting for sure. I was mid-pack and was overtaking about seven riders per test.
“Things have settled down now and it’s a lot more predictable. I’m with a similar group of riders, so it’s been pretty fun to be honest.”
Take a walk through the paddock at Villicum Circuit and one area that always stands out is the United States pits. It is clear they have got a true love for the 6DAYS® as the vibes are always high.
“I think the United States know how to do the ISDE right,” smiles Toth. “We’ve got the vibe figured out. Everyone is here for everyone and it’s cool.
“America is a big country, we don’t really know those who race on the opposite coasts. But when we are here, we all pitch in as one unit. I think that’s why we’re doing so well on track too. Things are relaxed, fun, and it’s translating into results.
With two days to go, is Toth now starting to think about the Club Team Award win?
“For sure I’d love to. Not just for myself, but for the XC Gear team that would be awesome.
“My very first ISDE was in Slovakia in 2015. I rode in the Club category then too and I managed to win. It would be pretty cool if things came full circle, and we won here too!”