By: GNCC Racing
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. (December 23, 2016) – Racer Productions would like to congratulate the 2016 ISDE U.S. World Trophy Team competitors on being named the 2016 Riders of the Year by Cycle News. FMF/KTM Factory Racing teammates Kailub Russell and Taylor Robert, Rocky Mountain ATV/MC KR4 Husqvarna’s Thad Duvall and Coastal Racing/Rockstar/Husqvarna’s Layne Michael are the first group ever to be named the “Riders” of the Year by Cycle News.
The award, historically presented to one individual rider, was altered to reflect the historic accomplishment of the four-man U.S. World Trophy Team who took home overall gold at the 91st running of the International Six Days Enduro (ISDE). The six-day race took place Oct. 11-16 in Navarra, Spain. The victory signified a major win not only for the racers, but the entire United States, as they became the first U.S. World Trophy team to win the ISDE World Trophy.
“The 2016 U.S. World Trophy Team is the true definition of teamwork,” said Event Director Tim Cotter. “We saw Kailub Russell and Thad Duvall battling for the overall win at the Powerline Park GNCC the day before they flew to Spain, and then they came together with XC2 racer Layne Michael to help win the ISDE World Trophy for our country. The entire team is more than deserving of this award from Cycle News, and we are especially proud of Russell, Duvall and Michael.”
The team was tested both physically and mentally during the six days, but continued to join together to create success in what is known as the “olympics of off-road racing.” Not only did the U.S. World Trophy Team capture the overall win, but team member FMF/KTM Factory Racing’s Taylor Robert earned the 2016 Individual ISDE Overall, only the second American rider to ever claim this prestigious honor. Robert is known for his success in the World Enduro scene.
To see Russell, Duvall and Michael in action check out the 2017 AMSOIL GNCC Series, which kicks off March 5-6 in Union, S.C. with the VP Racing Fuels Big Buck GNCC. To view the full 13-round schedule click here.