Beta factory rider Steve Holcombe has claimed a strong runner-up EnduroGP class result at round five of the 2018 EnduroGP World Championship – The Wall in Trentino, Italy. Comfortably winning the Enduro 3 class, with three rounds of the series remaining Steve holds firm in second in the overall EnduroGP standings, eight points behind class leader Alex Salvini and 20 points ahead of third placed Eero Remes.
A very different kind of EnduroGP event, The Wall featured three short motocross races, four enduro special tests and four extreme special tests. Crashing in the first motocross race, Steve lost precious time before performing well in the second and third races. Bringing himself back into contention for the overall event win with four winning rides in each of the enduro tests, Steve then also topped the opening extreme test. Frustratingly, mistakes on his second and third runs through the extreme test prevented Steve from challenging for the win, claiming a well-deserved overall runner-up result.
Steve will return to EnduroGP World Championship competition at round six in Edolo, Italy on August 31 / September 1.
Steve Holcombe: “I can’t say that I’m not disappointed I wasn’t able to get the win here because I really am. Crashing in the first motocross race lost me a lot of time. It was difficult to get out of the start gate like the 450s but falling in that first race was just a frustrating way to begin the event. The last two races went ok, I just did the best I could and tried to put myself in as good a position as possible ahead of the enduro special tests, which I knew would suit me better. I felt like I rode consistently in the enduro test, and made back a lot of the time that I’d lost in the motocross races. I felt good going into the final extreme tests. But I made two stupid mistakes that cost me some time. They were my mistakes – I think I pushed a little bit too hard wanting to get ahead and take the win and the team’s home round of the series. I’m really pleased that I pushed for the win, and that my speed was good. I only lost two points in the EnduroGP championship, and extended my lead in the Enduro 3 championship. Without those two crashes I feel the win would have been mine, but it can happen in racing. I’m really motivated going into the final three rounds of the series now, it’s game on for the championship.”
Results – 2018 FIM EnduroGP World Championship, Round 5
1. Alex Salvini (Husqvarna) 1:12:07.68
2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:12:26.19
3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 1:13:36.97
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:12:26.19
2. Danny McCanney (Gas Gas) 1:13:47.06
3. Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas) 1:16:03.04