Kai Aiello talks about ISDE 2022

The FIM International Six Days Enduro (ISDE) recently wrapped up in France, and while the Trophy teams tend to get the most attention, America made a valiant effort to take second place in the class. clubs, thanks to Kai Aiello, Craig Delong and Tyler Vore, who formed the XC Gear club. For Aiello, who comes from a motocross background, it marked a particularly strong performance – he’s only been competing off-road for around two years and was forced to come to terms with the death of his father a short time ago. more than a year. We needed to know more about his French foray, so we phoned Aiello for this week’s privateer profile.

Racer X: Kai, how are you doing man? You are back from France and avoid the wildfires in Southern California!
Kai Aiello: Yeah, it’s been a little crazy. Fortunately, the rain fell at the right time. Our house was fine and my girlfriend was temporarily evacuated but returned the next day. The flash floods came at the right time and contained everything.

How did ISDE go? It was your first time, right?
Yeah, it was my first time, and it was an unreal experience, to say the least. It’s kind of crazy to think that two years ago, even a year ago, I never would have thought I’d be at an off-road race like the ISDEs. I come from a motorcycle background, and that was definitely not on my agenda, but with the success I had last year off-roading, it became one of my goals. The opportunity arose to go running, I did my fundraising and I made the trip to France. It was a really cool experience.

Tell us how it happened.
I walked in with no expectations, really. You have very limited help from mechanics. They are there, but they are not allowed to really touch the bike. They can add fuel, change oil, that sort of thing, but everything else is up to the rider. So one of my big goals was just to get my bike to the finish. Everything is timed, so you need to do your time and service checks, and if you have a driving problem, you might fall behind. Luckily for me, I was able to ride cleanly. The ride itself was super cool and technical. Many experienced riders were saying that the transfers, which are basically riding between timed portions of the race, were much more technical with more tracks and single tracks this year. It was challenging, and also very fun. We were riding along rivers and through towns, but there were also things that could set you back, like rocks, steep climbs, technical descents. You could easily run into a problem and miss a time check. I was delighted to stay on time all week. Overall, it’s been a smooth week for me.

Wiley C. Thompson