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Holcombe Maintains Italian Enduro Championship Lead
Beta Factory Racingís Steve Holcombe has maintained his overall lead in the Italian Enduro Championship with a runner-up result at round four in Pontremoli.
Greeted with a wet and muddy fourth stop of the Italian series, Holcombe was keen to take advantage of his favoured conditions and deliver a winning result. Second fastest during Saturday nightís prologue saw the defending Italian champion get off to a solid start.
Quickest on Sundayís opening enduro and extreme test allowed the Beta rider to take control of the race lead. But as competitors ended lap two, the physically demanding muddy conditions began to take their toll on Holcombe, who was still suffering with the side effects of a small illness from the previous week. Despite giving his best and setting the fastest time in the penultimate cross test, he was unable to maintain his initial fast pace and had to settle for the runner-up result behind eventual winner Danny McCanney. After four rounds of nine, Holcombe leads the 2019 Italian Enduro Championship by 15 points.
Steve returns to competition for round two of the FIM Enduro World
Championship in Portugal on May 3-5. Steve Holcombe: ďItís been good to
finish second today and build on my championship lead in the series, but I
would have liked more if Iím honest. I know you canít really win them all,
but with the muddy conditions that we had, I wanted to show my best.
Unfortunately, Iím just recovering from a small illness and didnít have
the energy to go head-to-head with Danny for the win. I was ok on the opening
lap or so, but then I wasnít able to hold that
Results: Italian Enduro Championship, Round 4
Championship Standings (After round 4)
Photo Credit: Giovanni Chillemi