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FREEMAN AND HOLCOMBE RETURN TO ITALY FOR THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The Beta Factory Enduro Team made a full team appearance at the second round of the Italian Enduro Championships, which took place on Sunday 10th April at Cavaglią, near Biella.
This was the first race presence for Team Beta in 2022, with Brad and Steve. A few weeks after the injury, and the operation on his collarbone, Freeman returned to Italy, not in the best physical condition, but with the aim of arriving at the World Championship in top condition.
Steve Holcombe came back from the US experience, after having raced some races at the GNCC, and was in top form in Cavaglią, riding the Beta RR 390.
A day of competition under a warm spring sun, which saw the riders facing a route expertly designed by Motoclub Azeglio, divided into three very challenging special tests, not far from each other.
The single stage in Piemonte, valid for the second round of the maximum Italian Enduro Championship, opened with an Enduro test located in a wooded area, characterized by medium ground and with a running time of less than eight minutes. Next, the riders had to measure themselves against a treacherous Extreme, located a short distance from the enduro test, and made particularly difficult by the presence along the route of some rocky areas. The last of the three special tests was a very technical, fast and dusty Cross Test.
Brad Freeman got off to a strong start and immediately set some excellent times, despite being out for 40 days due to injury. His performance was therefore optimal. Brad quickly regained feeling for the bike and won three special tests. At the end of a long and demanding day of racing, Brad Freeman took an excellent fourth place in the Overall and fourth place in the Foreigners Class, where the top riders of the Enduro World Championship were racing.
Also for Steve Holcombe the race in Cavaglią was a good test to get in top physical condition for the first round of the World Championship. The English rider, who returned to Italy a few days ago after his experience in the United States at the GNCC, initially struggled to get into the rhythm, due to a different race format than he was used to, but improved in the last special tests. Steve Holcombe took an excellent fifth place in the hard-fought Absolute Class and an identical result in the Foreigner Class.
After the race in Piemonte, the Enduro Assoluti d'Italia will take a short break, before resuming with the race in Colliano, near Salerno, for the tests scheduled for Saturday 23rd and Sunday 24th April.