For the first time, the USA Women’s World Trophy Team is included under the same structure and management as the World Trophy and Junior Trophy teams which is headed by USA ISDE Team Manager, Antti Kallonen. He was Kacy Martinez- Coy’s boss under the KTM banner in her races in the United States. Yes folks this is the big time and every effort was put into making these women competitive.
The Women’s Trophy Team was made up of a totally new set of riders with multiple AMA National Champions represented across the board. FMF KTM Factory Racing Team’s Kacy Martinez-Coy is a multi-time off-road racing champion in the GNCC Series, WORCS, National Enduro Series and X-Games who joined the Women’s team for the first time aboard a KTM 250 XC-F, while KTM-supported rider and defending GNCC Champion Becca Sheets also competed aboard a KTM 250 XC-F for her first time at the ISDE. Additionally, current WORCS points leader Brandy Richards (YAM) rounded out the three-member Women’s Trophy Team. This was the best team that the United States has ever sent of the ISDE.
Of the Americans, Brandy Richards made the biggest impression on the final day as she got a good start, then caught and passed Spanish star Laia Sanz for a rare U.S. moto victory. That helped her to finish the week third behind Sanz and Australia’s Tayla Jones.
Of the two other Americans, Kacy Martinez-Coy did slightly better, finishing fifth overall while Becca Sheets had to re-impound after a bike problem on the first day. In the moto, Sheets did better, though, finishing fifth while Martinez-Coy got taken out early in the day and had to fight back to eighth at the checkered flag.
The week ended fairly spectacularly for the U.S. Women’s World Trophy team. For the second day in a row, the three first-timers went faster, as a team, than the leading trio from Australia by nearly 14 seconds.
This was the first time that the United States women’s team have ever stood on the podium. The ISDE is the Olympics of off-road racing and endurance. And so we especially want to congratulate these three outstanding American athletes.