Steve Holcombe brings his participation in the 2016 Enduro World Championship to a close this weekend, where the 22-year-old Brit hopes to become the Enduro 3 World Champion at the GP of France in Cahors. Holding a 17-point advantage over team-mate Johnny Aubert, Steve heads into the eighth and final GP of the championship having enjoyed an incredible first season of senior class EWC competition.
Starting in Morocco back in early April, Steve got his world championship campaign off to a solid start by posting 2/1 Enduro 3 class results at the season opener in Agadir. With mud replacing dust at round two in Portugal Steve improved to a 1/1 result to move to the head of the Enduro 3 championship standings. In addition he claimed his first overall EnduroGP day win.
Winning in the E3 class again on day one in Greece, Steve placed fourth on day two following a series of crashes. In Finland Steve was back to his winning ways, topping day one with relative ease before a technical issue knocked him from the podium on day two. Kicking off the start of the second half of the series in style Steve enjoyed his best result to date at the GP of Sweden – topping both the E3 and EnduroGP classes on each day.
Next up, the GP of Spain brought mixed results. Winning the opening day’s first enduro test a technical issue then resulted in Steve collecting a 12-minute time penalty and an eventual 10th place result. On day two he topped the E3 class for the eighth time this season.
The penultimate round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship in Italy saw Steve claim his third double Enduro 3 class winning result. Showing once again to be the most consistent rider in the E3 category, he headed into the summer break 17 points ahead of his closest challenger Johnny Aubert.
The final round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship takes place this weekend in Cahors, France – September 9/10/11.
Steve Holcombe: “I can’t wait for this weekend’s event. I guess it’s the one race I’ve been working towards all season. Now that it’s nearly here it feels kind of surreal that I’m going for my first Enduro World Championship title. 2016 has been an incredible season, one that’s gone so much better than I hoped it would. I wasn’t really sure what this year would bring back at the start of the season, but being able to focus on my racing full-time for the first time ever has been amazing. I’ve learned so much this year, enjoyed some amazing times, earned some memorable wins and managed to put myself in the position to be battling for the Enduro 3 title. I’m sure the race in France will be a memorable one, I’ve just got to give it everything and hope that I can put the final piece of the puzzle together.”
Report/Photos: Future 7 Media