Steve Holcombe remains at the top of the Enduro 3 World Championship standings following what was largely a hugely rewarding GP of Finland. Once again showing himself to be one of the event’s outright fastest riders, Steve dominated the Enduro 3 class on day one while also placing a strong second overall behind Finn Eero Remes. Frustratingly for Holcombe and his Beta team misfortune struck on day two when a small technical issue resulted in his bike loosing all of its coolant. Thankfully, quick thinking and even quicker hands from his Beta mechanics ensured Steve remained in the race, earning eight extremely hard fought E3 championship points.
Overcoming a somewhat cautious start on day one Steve quickly distanced himself from his E3 championship rivals. Winning each of the day’s nine special tests he eventually finished one-and-a-half minutes ahead of team-mate Johnny Aubert. Fully intending to do all he could to go one better in the overall EnduroGP results and try and claim the outright win, Steve started day two in style. Challenging for the EnduroGP win, and again comfortably ahead in Enduro 3, his fortunes changed when his bike lost its coolant. Thankfully, with the problem fixed he was able to remain in the race. But the time needed to ensure the issue was rectified saw Steve pick-up a five-minute time penalty. Steve nevertheless finished the day, topping all but two of the special tests in the Enduro 3 class.
With the GP of Finland marking the halfway point of the 2016 Enduro World Championship, round five takes places this coming weekend in Enkoping, Sweden.
Steve Holcombe: “I can’t really be anything but pleased with the way the GP of Finland’s ended. We’re half way through the series and I’m leading the Enduro 3 championship, the team did a great job keeping me in the race on day two when my bike lost its coolant, and my speed throughout the weekend was exactly where I wanted it to be. The conditions were incredibly tough but I kept things wheels side down throughout both days and although I started a little cautiously on day one I got another Enduro 3 class win and another EnduroGP podium, finishing just 24 seconds from the win. Knowing that I was in the fight for the overall win on day two before my technical issue is a little disappointing. But that kind of thing can happen to any rider, it’s part of racing at the top level. The way the team kept their cool, got the problem fixed and kept me in the race was awesome. I can’t thank them enough. Those eight points I scored on day two might be the eight most important points I score all year. What’s also pleasing is knowing that the work I put in before the GP really paid off. I was ready for what was a really difficult race. I’m really looking forward to the GP of Sweden now, and what will likely be another tough race.
Results – 2016 Enduro World Championship, Round 4 Enduro 3 – Day 1
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 58:38.90; 2. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 1:00:08.05; 3. Antoine Basset (KTM) 1:00:41.25…
EnduroGP – Day 1
1. Eero Remes (TM) 58:14.90; 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 58:38.90; 3. Nathan Watson (KTM) 58:48.70…
Enduro 3 – Day 2
1. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 1:01:16.96; 2. Jaume Betriu (KTM) 1:01:24.86; 3. Antoine basset (KTM) 1:01:32.32; 8. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:04:46.27…
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