Steve Holcombe has increased his lead at the top of the EnduroGP World Championship standings to 28 points following a highly successful GP of Greece. Topping the Friday night super test before winning the EnduroGP class on day one, in finishing as runner-up on day two Steve completed a near perfect weekend of racing in Grevena, northern Greece. Winning four of the opening day’s special test Steve took a 12-second margin of victory. Despite being fast on the extreme and enduro tests, he was unable to match the pace of eventual day two winner Nathan Watson yet still finished on the podium with a strong runner-up result to extend his championship lead by seven points. Round six of the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship takes place in Castelo Branco, Portugal on July 21-23.
Steve Holcombe: “I couldn’t have asked for much more this weekend. To win the first day and finish second on day two, it’s been a near perfect GP for me. Like a lot of riders I was still feeling the effects of pushing hard during last weekend’s GP of Hungary, so I knew this weekend was going to be tough. I went for it in the super test and managed to get the fastest time there, which gave me a real boost heading into the first day. I felt really good on the extreme test, and my times there really helped me get the win. It was hard for me to match the speed of guys like Watson and Larrieu on the motocross test, so I was just trying to limit my losses there. Day one went really well. I had a reasonable opening lap on day two but on the second lap Nathan stepped it up and I couldn’t match him. Second was the best I could do, which I’m happy with.”
RESULTS – ENDUROGP OF HUNGARY, DAY 1
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 57:55:56 2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 58:13:95 3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 58:40:54
RESULTS – ENDUROGP OF HUNGARY, DAY 2
1. Nathan Watson (KTM) 56:54:99 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 57:18:76 3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 57:24:92
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (AFTER ROUND 5)
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 214 points 2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 186 3. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 169