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STEVE HOLCOMBE ENJOYS WINNING RIDE AT ITALIAN ENDURO CHAMPS
Beta Factory Racing ’ s Steve Holcombe has enjoyed a winning weekend in Colliano for the third stop of the Italian Enduro Championship. It was a welcome visit to the top step of the Italian podium for Steve on his Beta RR 4T Racing 390 as he builds his preparation ahead of the opening round of the FIM Enduro GP World Championship , which starts in two week s ’ time.
With two weeks to go until the opening round of the FIM Enduro G P World Championship in Spain, Steve enjoyed an added boost of conf idence by taking the overall victory at the Italian Enduro Championships. Changing weather conditions made for a tough and demanding weekend of racing, with slippery, muddy co nditions o n Sat- urday , which dried to leave a chewed - up course for Sunday.
Using a we t and wild Saturday as an opportunity to gain some bonus race miles in the rain, Steve was in flying form. Fastest in the opening special test set the tone that was to follow. Winning another four special tests, the Beta rider controlled a healthy lead to claim a strong 18 - second margin of victory.
With conditions drying for day two, Steve put in another strong performance. Battling hard throughout, he consistently placed inside the top five in all but one special test. Holding onto second place, it was e nough for Steve to secure the event ’ s overall win.
With a solid preseason now complete, including an extend ed stin t rac i ng and training in the United States, Steve ’ s focus now shifts to the opening round of the 2022 FIM Enduro World Championship in Lalin, Spain , on May 6 - 8.
Steve Holcombe: “I’ve had a good weekend’s racing and it was cool to get the overall win too. Although conditions were tough and changeable, it was good preparation for EnduroGP. A day in the mud is always a real leveller and I’m really happy with how I rode in it. We made a few bike changes for Sunday that took a little time to adapt to during the morning. But I got into the swing of it in the second half of the day, picked up a test win and took second to secure the overall win. All in, I feel like it’s been a good off season. We’re just two weeks out from the EnduroGP opener in Spain and I just want to get cracking now!”
Results - Italian Enduro Championship, Rnd 3