Holcombe Makes Winning Start To 2019 With Victory At Italian Series Opener

Beta Factory Racing’s Steve Holcombe has ensured a winning start to his 2019 racing season with victory at the opening rounds of the Italian Enduro Championship in Gioia dei Marsi.

As the reigning Assoluti d’Italia champion, Holcombe travelled to the opening rounds of the series in central Italy to get some valuable race miles under his belt ahead of the Enduro World Championship, which begins at the end of March. Overnight rain prior to Saturday’s round one saw Holcombe’s hard-compound rear tyre choice put him on the back foot during the first of three laps. Struggling to find grip on the long and slippery enduro test, he ended the opening lap in seventh. As conditions dried, he quickly upped his pace to work his way back into contention. Fastest on the final extreme test, the Beta rider was within striking distance of the overall win and went on to claim an eventual overall runner-up result. Knowing his pace was strong, Holcombe began Sunday’s round two in confident spirits. Topping the time sheets on the first special test, he immediately took control of the race lead. Placing fastest in three of the remaining eight tests it ensured the defending Assoluti d’Italia champion claimed a 15-second margin of victory.

Results – Italian Enduro Championship Round 1 1. Loic Larrieu (TM) 48:18.93; 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 48:25.39; 3. Daniel McCanney (TM) 48:29.79… Round 2 1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 47:46.11; 2. Loic Larrieu (TM) 48:01.61; 3. Daniel McCanney (TM) 48:01.98…