Steve Holcombe has moved to the top of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship standings following a near perfect weekend of racing at the Italian GP in Spoleto, central Italy.
Claiming a first EnduroGP day win of 2017 on day one when he placed 11 seconds ahead of his Beta team-mate Alex Salvini, Steve then placed as runner-up to Frenchman Loic Larrieu on day two.
“I’m more than pleased with how the GP of Italy has gone for me,” told Holcombe. “I had this event marked as one in which I wanted to fight for the win, and that’s what I managed to do.
“It really is a rewarding feeling to know that the work the team and myself put in since the GP of Spain has paid off.
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With three rounds of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship now complete Steve sits 21 points clear at the top of the premier class’ standings.
On day one Steve hit his stride at the end of the opening lap, winning the 11-minute long enduro test to position himself at the top of the time sheets close behind team-mate Alex Salvini. Keeping up the pressure during the closing special tests, Steve maximised on a mistake by Salvini to claim his maiden EnduroGP class win of 2017.
On day two Steve remained consistent throughout the day, securing a well-deserved runner-up result to claim yet another strong haul of championship points.
Round four of the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship takes place in Hungary on July 23/24/25.
Results – EnduroGP of Italy, Day 1
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 58:53:49; 2. Alex Salvini (Beta) 59:04:60; 3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 59:14:93...
Results — EnduroGP of Italy, Day 2
1. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 58:19:65; 2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 58:52:66; 3. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 59:06
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (AFTER ROUND 3)
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 127 points; 2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 106; 3. Matt Philipps (Sherco) 102...