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FREEMAN AND HOLCOMBE ON THE PODIUM AT THE FIRST OF THE ITALIAN CHAMPIONSHIP
The first and second stages of the Italian Enduro 2023 Championship were held on Saturday 4th and Sunday 5th March in Andora (SV) under a warm spring sun with the presence of a large crowd of fans, who flocked to the special stages on both days of competition.
For the opening stage of the season, the Motoclub Alassio designed a very technical and tricky course, with a total length of around 70 km, which saw the Beta Factory riders compete in four high-level special tests to be repeated three times, for a total of twelve special tests per day.
The race course included in order: a technical and fast cross test of 2 km length, located next to the Paddock, on the beach of Andora, followed by a high level Extreme special test to be run on hard and stony terrain of 3.5 km, a second cross test in a classic flat 2.5 km long and, to close, an Enduro Test of over seven minutes inside a forest.
The Beta Factory Enduro Team turned out in full force with Brad Freeman, riding the Beta RR 300 2T Factory, and Steve Holcombe on the Beta RR 390 4T Factory.
On Saturday, Brad Freeman rode an excellent race, demonstrating his top form. After the first special stages, the current World Champion in the E3 class was in second position, but on the last scheduled lap he made the decisive attack and overtook the provisional leader to win the Overall.
Also on the following day Brad literally dominated the Overall ranking, distancing his rivals considerably and signing a splendid one-two. On Day 2, Steve Holcombe also put in an excellent performance, finishing in third place. Steve, however, had come close to the podium on
Saturday, taking a good fourth place.
After the first stage of the 2023 season, Team and riders will be busy for the second stage on the penultimate weekend of March (18th and 19th) in Grado (GO) before the inaugural GP of the Enduro World Championship, scheduled for April 1st and 2nd 2023 in Arma di Taggia (IM).