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The final round of the 2017 Enduro World Championship was one to savour for Steve Holcombe, with the Beta rider wrapping up the EnduroGP title.
Pretty much the rider to beat since round four in Hungary, Holcombe grabbed hold of the point’s leader plate then and never let it go.
Entering Germany with a 40-point buffer, things looked good, in a sense the title looked safe.
But not opting to play it safe and cruise it home, Holcombe went all out and secured the EnduroGP crown from the best position possible — the top step of the podium.
“Winning the championship by topping the EnduroGP podium makes this just that little bit more special,” told Holcombe.
“I’d hoped to wrap up the title in the UK, at my home round of the series, but to win here in Germany, with so many true enduro fans, is incredible.
“The special tests and the trails here in Zschopau were really cool – real enduro.”
Although only his second year in the Senior ranks, and only his third as a professional rider, the Brit has enjoyed a rapid rise to the top of world enduro.
Enduro 3 World Champion in 2016 and now EnduroGP World Champion in 2017 leaves a lot to smile about heading into the off season.
“It feels so good to be able to call myself a double enduro world champion,” continued Holcombe.
“Winning my first title last year was incredible — something I will never forget — but claiming the EnduroGP title this year means so, so much.
“I always knew that to win this year I’d have to be even better prepared than I was in 2016.
“I’ve had such an enjoyable season — battling with Matt Phillips, Loic Larrieu, Nathan Watson and Christophe Nambotin has been a lot of fun.
“I want to say a huge thanks to my Beta team and all of my sponsors and supporters, their encouragement has had a hugely positive impact on my season. Now it’s time to celebrate...”
Robert LynnEnduro21 Editorrobert@future7media.com