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Yamaha Racing with riders supported by TCX Boots played a significant part in the success of the Australian team’s success at the 2019 ISDE in Portugal last week. Again, Australia had a huge week at the event with the Junior Trophy team (Under 23) taking the team win while the Senior team claiming a second-place finish.
Luke Styke, Josh Green (TCX), Michael Driscoll (TCX) and Jess Gardiner (TCX) all competed on Yamaha machinery and all completed the event inside the top seven in their respective classes. For Styke, Green and Driscoll, they landed inside the top 16 Outright and proved to be world class riders on the WR range. 

Michael Driscoll made up one third of the Australian Junior Team and racing the WR450F for the first time at an international event. He charged his way to a seventh-place finish in the ultra-competitive E2 class, marking his best result in the prestigious event. 

With limited experience on the WR450F, Driscoll made a seamless step up to the bigger machine and had a trouble-free run on the off-road weapon and the hassle-free week played a massive part in his result. Apart from basic wear and tear in such a grueling event, the WR450F and Driscoll handled the conditions well and ultimately played its part in the Junior team’s success. 

“We had an awesome week in Portugal and to be a part of the win with the Junior Team is amazing,” said an excited Driscoll. 

Luke Styke lead the Yamaha charge on the senior team roaring to a four place finish in the E1 class and an impressive ninth outright. In fact, Styke was the first Yamaha home in the event on board his WR250F. 

“This is my first ISDE and I have to say it was one of the most challenging things I have done. The course was first class with a huge variety of terrain and conditions as we went from mud to dust and back again and from roads to sand, this ISDE had everything,” said Styke, who, together with Yamaha teammate Josh Green, Daniel Sanders and Matt Phillips finished second in the Senior Teams trophy behind the USA in what was a two team battle to the end. 

Green, the experienced veteran on the team at the ripe old age of 29, lived up to his end of the deal to finish fifth in E2 and just outside the top 10 Outright, in 12th. Unlike Styke, Green has competed at a number of ISDEs and always rises to the occasion and the 2019 edition was no different. 

“As far as ISDE’s goes, this one had its challenges and the event threw a wide range of conditions at us but that’s what you expect from racing at a world level. This isn’t a trail ride around the bush in Coffs Harbour. 

“We finished up second in the team event and had a great battle with the USA all the way to the end. All four guys put in and we worked together well with plenty of support and encouragement from everyone.” Green said. 

And while the Women’s team didn’t keep its amazing win streak going, Jess Gardiner was able to power her way to fourth place in the Women’s division. Jess and her WR250F have been a dominant force here in Australia throughout 2019 and she continued her good form over in Portugal. 

“This is the ninth ISDE for me and it’s still as exciting as the first one. Amazing moments, hard times, disappointing news and a whole lot of fun and rewards in the one week,” Gardiner posted on her Instagram page. 

“Racing dirt bikes is such a mental and physical game and a test of man and machine. My Yamaha didn’t miss a beat all week and I was riding great. Thanks to the while crew behind team Australia and we will be back next year to reclaim our crown.” 

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