Aiming for their third FIM World Trophy win, Australia start with thoughts of victory firmly on their mind. Led by Daniel Sanders (Husqvarna) – individual runner-up in 2018, together with four-time FIM Enduro World Champion Matt Phillips (KTM), Josh Green (Yamaha) and Luke Styke (Yamaha) they aim to once-again battle for the top step of the podium.
Runner-up in 2018, the United States look to rekindle that winning form from 2016, in Spain. Arriving in Portugal confident and motivated, they will want to put a stop to Australia’s winning ways. Third in 2018, Italy hope to claim the FIM World Trophy win. Previously a winner in 2007 and always a strong contender for the podium, Italy will be a formidable force.
Absent in 2018, Great Britain return to the FIM ISDE in anger for 2019. Fielding one of their strongest teams in recent years, they are determined to topple the top-three nations. Led by newly crowned FIM EnduroGP World Champion Brad Freeman (Beta), Danny McCanney (TM) – third in the 2019 FIM EnduroGP World Championship, Joe Wootton (Husqvarna) – a 2019 FIM Enduro 2 race winner, plus Gas Gas mounted Alex Snow ensures they will be a team to watch.
Spain will also prove another strong threat for the podium in Portugal. Josep Garcia (KTM) will hope to lead his teammates Cristobal Guerrero (Yamaha), Kirian Mirabet (Honda) and Tosha Schareina (KTM) to glory. With France, host nation Portugal, Sweden, Germany and Finland all looking equally strong on paper, the battle for honours in this year’s race is set to be fierce.
In the FIM Junior World Trophy class, Italy arrive to Portimao as defending champions. As one of last year’s standout performers, Andrea Verona (TM) leads the way. Following his impressive Enduro 1 category victory in Chile, Verona went on to convincingly win this year’s FIM Enduro Junior World Championship and so will want to continue his winning ways.
The United States were runners up in 2018 and know that with a fast start to their week they can bring the fight to the Italians. France also challenged Italy early on in Chile, but mistakes later dropped them out of contention and finished an eventual third. Eliminating their errors will improve their chances in Portugal.
Australia, Spain, Great Britain, Portugal and Sweden – 2016 winners – will all make for a very competitive FIM Junior World Trophy category.
With six consecutive FIM Women’s World Trophy wins, Australia head to Portimao aiming for a record breaking seventh victory. For 2019 they retain their winning line-up of Jessica Gardiner (Yamaha), Makenzie Tricker (KTM) and Tayla Jones (Husqvarna). Jones has proved the rider to beat in recent years by continually topping the Women’s individual classification. Together with her teammates, they aim to establish dominance once again.
The United States were Australia’s closest competitor in 2018, finishing as runner-up. Their roster also remains unchanged with Rebecca Sheets (KTM), Brandy Richards (KTM) and Sarah Gieger (Honda) competing. Spain, Sweden, Portugal and Germany also fight for a podium result.
Great Britain will make an eagerly awaited debut appearance in the FIM Women’s World Trophy. Marking their first time competing in the category since its introduction in 2007, they do so with newly crowned FIM Women’s World Cup champion Jane Daniels (Husqvarna) at the helm. Joined by Nieve Holmes (Sherco) and Rosie Rowett (Husqvarna), Great Britain could create an upset result in Portugal.
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