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Old 10-05-2013, 03:37 PM   #76
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October 5, 2013

We woke this morning to the sound of heavy rain. All of a sudden after a week of dust and heat, we were busily prepping roll-offs for goggles and grabbing enduro jackets.

The final moto was held in the town of Tempio. The riders had about a 50 kilometer ride to get to the facility. It was a pretty cool setting, with what actually turned out to be a nice track right in the middle of a little Italian village. All of the rain made what would have otherwise probably been an average track, really nice. All of the soil here is decomposed granite so when it is dry, it is either like concrete, or like walking on a fine layer of gravel on top of concrete. With the moisture it was pretty nice and the first two motos were mud baths.

The order for the final motos goes C1, C3, C2, and then all the Trophy motos in the same order (E1, E3, E2).

Based on having 500-600 riders, the classes are split into motos with about 40 per moto. They start them based on slowest qualifying time first, up to fastest. Josh had the good fortune to be riding in the third of the C1 motos which was the fastest, which can be a good thing in a moto because you often ride “up” to the ability of those around you.

The first C1 moto was an absolute mud bath. I felt bad for those riders as their bikes and bodies were completely covered in mud from head to toe and many of them attempting to ride without goggles. The track was a bit better for Josh’s moto, and I think by afternoon it was about perfect.
Here is a summary of a few other random observations and thoughts on the day and the experience as a whole:
• The Trophy Team ended up with a 2nd overall, their best performance since 1982. It was exciting to be here and be a part of it.
• I was only able to watch all of the club riders motos. The Trophy riders did not finish until about 5:30 tonight and then bikes had to be washed, packed, and the entire U.S. container packed. This is a huge job so all riders were encouraged to get their crates ready as soon as possible.
• Of the motos I was able to watch, the best was the fast C2 moto. The Italian announcer was in love with Ryan Sipes. He must have said his name a hundred times during the moto. Those that really follow supercross know who he is and think it is fascinating that he is here riding on a club team for the U.S. Ryan did as many expected and walked away from the field. The cool part though was that 2nd and third were Jimmy Jarret and then Alex Dorsey from the U.S. They took the top 3 spots and then Justin Sode of the U.S. was in 5th.
• Ian Blythe almost won the third C1 moto that he and Josh were in along with Fred Hoess and Brian Storrie. He caught and reeled in the leader but took second by 1/100th of a second.
• Several have commented that they enjoy hearing about the club riders as well. Many of them are local “heroes” and there isn’t a single one of them that is a slouch on a bike. Additionally, the club riders for the U.S. this year had a high-level of skill considering that there were two former World Trophy riders along with two Junior Trophy riders on this team.
• Fred Hoess has been great to Josh. With Fred’s results and Gold medal from this ISDE, he now has 18 gold medals. There is only one other person in the world (Paul Edmondson from Great Britain) that has as many as Fred. Josh got to ride with him the entire week. Quite the honor.
• Jeff Fredette successfully finished his 33rd ISDE!!

It’s been an awesome experience being here. I have a lot of photos from the earlier motos today. Thanks for tagging along everyone and thank you to all who have helped Josh live out this dream again through all of the various forms of support.

Today started very different from all the other days with the rain. It let up just as the first riders left and other than making the track a muddy mess for the first few motos, it was not a problem.






A view of the track. The facility was actually quite nice and this was such a better final moto than last year.


An example of what the riders in the first moto had to deal with.


Jeff O’Leary had an awesome holeshot in his moto (the second C2 moto).






Sam Buffa enjoys a mud sandwich.


Jeff was leading the moto and then got a little squirrely on the face of this jump, launched off the side, and took out an infield sign/banner. He kept it on two wheels and only dropped a few spots.








Ian Blythe charging into the first corner in the final C1 moto. He and Josh, and Fred Hoess and Brian Storrie were all in this moto.




If you know what you’re looking for, you can see three skunk helmets in this picture. Josh got a really bad start. Brian had a great race, Fred was consistent as always, and Ian almost won it.


So much for not having a lot of mud to clean off the bikes after the final moto. Josh rode conservatively to make sure he didn’t jeopardize his goal of finishing with a Gold.







Fred earned his 18th gold medal!


Ian Blythe in 3rd, charging hard, an eventually passed second, and missed the moto win by 1/100th of a second. He ended his 6 days with a second overall club rider. A great ride for Ian.

The setting was really nice with this track, but the spectators weren’t able to get close to the action.


A sense of accomplishment. Proud of you Josh.




Mark Kariya brought out the big guns for the final moto.


This C2 moto had several U.S. riders. Jeremy Shoning had the ride of his life in this one.





Jeremy was all smiles after his moto and rightfully so.


Scott Bright


Jeff Fredette.



Shawn O’Leary






Because Zach Osborne rode GP’s in Europe for several years, he’s easily recognizable and still popular with the fans.



The fastest C2 moto included Ryan Sipes, Jimmy Jarrett, Alex Dorsey, Justin Sode, and Keith Curtis from the U.S. They all did awesome and it was a U.S. sweep for the top 3 positions. The Italian announcer went nuts for Ryan Sipes and he delivered the moto win handily.






At one point, the U.S. riders were in 4 of the first 5 spots in this moto with Ryan leading, then Jimmy Jarrett, Alex Dorsey and Justin Sode in 5th.


Alex Dorsey has had a very solid Six Days.








Jimmy Jarrett



Justin Sode

My favorite pic of the day…..Justin Sode.



Keith Curtis




Ryan Sipes





The track was right in the middle of a small Italian city/village practically in the backyard of these little villas. It was also odd because this train ran right by it and dropped off spectators within walking distance of the track.


The Crazy French fans….arriving to cheer on their dominant Trophy Team.


Two proud mommas (Josh’s mom and Fred’s Mom)….proud of their boys regardless of their age.


Back to town, it was a mad dash to beat all the other riders to the car wash to get bikes cleaned and back in their crates.


It was a team effort for Jimmy Jarrett and Ryan Sipes.


It took some creativity but we managed to get everything crammed into Josh’s crate and back in the U.S. container.


The Tony Agonis team, Josh Knight, Keith Curtis, and Fred Hoess, 14th overall out of 139 teams.


Ryan Sipes crate.


The traditional tire burnouts in tribute to a successful Six Days were rampant throughout the pits tonight.


Fred, one gold medal away from the all-time leader in ISDE gold medals congratulating Josh on his first gold medal.


Shawn O’Leary enjoying a well-earned beverage after a long and hard Six Days.


Ever wonder what 100 Italian pizzas look like? Time to feed the hungry racers and support crew and motivate them all to get the container packed up and ready.


Taylor Robert, signing and selling the shirt right off his back as he entered the pits.
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Old 10-05-2013, 04:10 PM   #77
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Congratulations Josh, Mike, your family, and the entire U.S. Team!!!

What an adventure, and write up, thank you so much for the play by play, effort and energy you put into this.

If Mark Kariya doesn't give your reports an honorable mention he is missing the boat.

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Old 10-05-2013, 04:59 PM   #78
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Fantastic job Josh!!! Congratulations!!!

Thank you for the amazing coverage Mike, here's to you and your family having a safe trip back to the US of A.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:28 AM   #79
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Thanks for the updates and very good photo's.

Congratulations to Josh - great result. And the US of course; some legends riding and legends in the making. Good to see the MX boys multi tasking.

S African interest was a 3 junior team but two dropped out with bike issues. The 3rd, Wade Young, finished top 10 in C1.

I have to get to see one before I get too old or too poor.
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Old 10-06-2013, 05:39 AM   #80
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Congratulations for the great report and Josh finishing very well!

Hope you don't mid I add a couple of FB photos from our true Dakarians

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and Alessandro Botturi (another change of bike for this event only)


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Thanks Robert (and all) for the encouragement to keep this going. Regarding "Jethrodog" cheering on Josh, that is great! I'll have to ask him about it. You cannot underestimate how much little "boost" that gives the riders.
That was at the Monte Pino start (day 2). I snapped the picture of Josh below just before the straight away start that took
at least 20 seconds for the visibility to clear. Not sure what the etiquette is, but he had just allowed a rider from
behind him to go ahead.

This second shot is day 5 at Loiri (I think). Nice form!





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JOSH GOT A GOLD ON HIS SECOND ISDE!!!

Awe, that is wonderful! You are on your way to a great future in the greatest motorcycle sport in the world. These are the best years of your life young man and you are doing good! Thanks Mike and family for a perfect report.
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Thanks for kindly letting us use the pics, Mr. Knight!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...ycle-race.html
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Thanks for kindly letting us use the pics, Mr. Knight!

http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2...ycle-race.html
So awesome. Nice job! I have a lot of other pics of Sam and would love to send them to him. PM me with his contact info if you have it. Thanks.
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