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On the cusp of winning the EnduroGP title, races don’t come much bigger than this weekend’s season finale in Germany for Steve Holcombe.
Holding a 40-point lead in the championship chase, the Beta rider has a virtual grasp on the biggest prize in world enduro, and is now just a fistful of special tests away from becoming world champion.
“I guess this is the big one,” told Holcombe. “With a 40-point lead I can’t pretend that I don't have one hand on this championship, because clearly, I do.
“But I’m certainly not relaxed about my position in the championship. This is a hugely important moment in my career.”
It’s been a stellar year for the Brit, in fact a stellar two seasons, having already won the Enduro 3 World Championship last year.
But by stepping up his game even more for 2017, Holcombe has ridden with a level of maturity and experience that far outweigh his years as a professional enduro rider.
Carding 11 podium results from 14 starts, while more importantly never falling below fifth place sees him as the rider to beat in Germany.
“Leading the championship, it’s a strange situation to be in. But it’s one I’ve worked hard to be in, so I’m just looking forward to racing in Germany now.”
“This final round seemed so far away when I was training for the first race in Finland at the start of the year, a lot has happened since then but I’m just as hungry to win this title now as I was then.
“It’s going to be a tough event this weekend – I just need to focus on what I need to do and try and enjoy it.”
EnduroGP World Championship (standings after round 7)
- Steve Holcombe (Beta) 300 points
- Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 260
- Nathan Watson (KTM) 247