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STEVE HOLCOMBE MISSED THE GP OF PORTUGAL

Steve Holcombe, together with his Beta Factory Racing team, regrettably decided not to take to the start of last weekend's GP of Portugal, round two of the FIM EnduroGP World Championship. Acting on advice given to him following visits to wrist and shoulder specialists, Steve will have to sit out the event in Peso da Regua.

Falling awkwardly during the second extreme test on day two of the GP of Spain, Steve battled his way to the end of the day, unable to match the performances that saw him top the Enduro2 class and finish a close second in the overall EnduroGP category on day one. Knowing that things weren't as they should be with his wrist and shoulder, Steve flew back to the UK on Monday evening and visited wrist and shoulder specialists on Wednesday.

Acting on the advice given to him, Steve will miss this weekend's GP of Portugal and focus on giving his wrist and shoulder the rest and rehabilitation time needed to return to competition at the highest level.

Steve Holcombe: "I can't really explain how disappointing this is. Although not racing last weekend wasn't really a difficult decision to make from a physical point of view - I banged myself up pretty good in Spain , so I know I'm nowhere near able to perform how I need to - to have to make a decision like this so early in the world championship, well, it sucks! I guess a lot of people will have seen the big crash I had on day one at the GP of Spain, but weirdly that wasn't the off that put me in the situation I'm in now. I fell, at relatively low speed, on the second extreme test on day two, and tweaked my wrist pretty good, and fell awkwardly on my shoulder. I struggled on to the end of the day, but it was clear things weren't right on Monday. The specialists I've seen advised me not to race on the weekend, so that's what we've decided to do. There's a lot of racing to come this year, I want to get back to full fitness and then get back to racing. I owe it to myself, the team, and all my sponsors to be fully fit and fighting for day and event wins, which hopefully I'll be back doing again soon."