Steve Holcombe will defend his lead in the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship this coming weekend at his home round of the series at Hawkstone Park in the UK. Steve goes into the British race not only as one of the favourites to win, but also with a chance to claim the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship title.
With the Enduro World Championship returning to the UK for the first time since 2008, the event at Hawkstone Park is hugely important to Steve as he aims to win his second consecutive world enduro crown. Holding a 37- point lead over championship rival Loic Larrieu, Steve is focused on increasing his advantage while doing all he can to try and secure the title in front of his home fans.
The event at Hawkstone follows a different format to the world rounds before it this year, with a sprint enduro on day one and a gruelling three-hour cross-country on the day two. Taking the difficult decision to miss this year’s ISDE, Steve has been able to train extensively in recent weeks, readying himself in particular for what is expected to be a gruelling cross-country race where focus and stamina will prove all-important. The conditions at the UK event will also be drastically different from the hot and dusty previous rounds, which should also favour Steve as he excels on tougher, slippery terrain.
Round seven of the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship takes place at Hawkstone Park, UK on September 23-24. Steve Holcombe: “I’m really excited to race a round of the world championship at home and in front of the British fans. I went to watch the world championships the last time they were held in the UK back in 2008, in Wales. I was about 14 at the time and was in awe of all these top names racing in the UK. I seem to remember the event was quite difficult, I hope Hawkstone proves to be as tough. I have been looking forward to some cooler, possibly wetter conditions this year. When I was looking at the calendar for this season, I was actually quite worried about the hot and dry rounds of the championship. I never go that well on the fast, dusty, terrain and with the exception of round one in Finland, every event has been dry and dusty. Despite that, I’ve got to this point with a good lead in the championship. I want to win the championship more than anything and to do it in front of the British fans would be amazing.
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (AFTER ROUND 6) 1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 259 points 2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 222 3. Matthew Phillips (Sherco) 202