Due to some type of criminal activity, day six of the 2010 ISDE(formerly the ISDT) in Morelia, Mexico has been canceled. The rumors persisted that drug cartel activity in the area led to concern for the safety of the riders and spectators. FIM Sports Director Ignacio Verneda and Luis Otero, President of the 2010 ISDE Organizsing Committee, canceled the final day of the 85th International Six Days Enduro amid security fears.
This is just another FIM mess. There was ample warning that Mexico was not the best choice for an international event in the midst of their ongoing violence and drug war issues. in fact, several high-profile countries refused to send teams to the ISDE because of their fears. Yet, the FIM persisted and now the International Six-Day Enduro has become the International Five-Day Enduro. Any chance that next year’s event will be held in Afghanistan?
Ignacio Verneda said, “I would like to congratulate the organizing committee on delivering an excellent sporting event, which has reflected a good image of the discipline of enduro. After five days of such a good competition, I am happy with the decision that has been taken by the organizing committee and the FIM Jury. This is 100 percent the correct decision, as in all cases the security and safety of everyone involved with the event is the most important consideration. Although the risk was only very minimal, we prefer not to take any risk at all. In all cases the decision has been well accepted by the riders, the teams and all those associated with the event.”
Luis Otero said, “The organizing committee are extremely sad about this situation, as so far we have enjoyed a fantastic competition. From the start our philosophy was to have fun and for five days everyone has had incredible fun. However due to circumstances beyond our control we have now taken the difficult, but correct decision to cancel the final day.”
“Everyone has seen the steps we have taken to safeguard the security of this magnificent event and in no way do we want to jeopardize the smiles that everyone have been wearing on their faces this week. Our main goal has been the security of the riders in the hills, but now the priority is for the authorities to provide security for all the people in the region.”
Johnny Aubert. J. Edmunds photo
2010 WORLD TROPHY FINAL RESULTS:
2010 JUNIOR TROPHY FINAL RESULTS:
2010 ISDE INDIVIDUAL WINNERS:
E1…. Antoine Meo
E2… Johnny Aubert
E3… Sebastien Guillaume