Steve Holcombe has successfully completed the fourth round of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship – the GP of Hungary. Claiming a hard-fought runner-up result on day one before finishing fourth on day two, he maintains his 21-point advantage at the top of the EnduroGP championship standings.
“I was hoping for two top three results, but I’m certainly happy with second and fourth. I was really looking forward to the GP of Hungary – a place I’d not raced before. It was a really good, really enjoyable race. Maybe if the rain we were expecting had arrived it might have suited me a little better, but the extreme and enduro tests were really cool,” says Steve.
“The only thing was because the tests were quite short it was a really fine line between not pushing hard enough and pushing too hard. The first day went great. I didn’t go all-out from the start, so I had to push hard during the second and third laps. Nambotin was riding really well, so to finish second to him was great. I hoped for a little more on day two, but I didn’t want to push too hard and risk crashing, which was easy to do. I felt pretty good, I just needed to be a few seconds faster on each test,” he added.
Completing a cautious opening lap on day one, Steve worked his way forward to finish second to Christophe Nambotin following a largely trouble-free day. On day two Steve again rode consistently to finish fourth.
“All in all, it’s been another very good GP for me, now I’m looking forward Greece,” he says.
Round five of the 2017 FIM EnduroGP World Championship takes place in Grevena, Greece on July 1/2.
RESULTS – ENDUROGP OF HUNGARY, DAY 1
1. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 47:16.50
2. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 47:38.40
3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 47:41.91
RESULTS – ENDUROGP OF HUNGARY, DAY 2
1. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 46:53.04
2. Nathan Watson (KTM) 46:57.72
3. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 47:01.15
4. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 47:27.28
CHAMPIONSHIP STANDINGS – ENDUROGP WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP (AFTER ROUND 4)
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 167pts
2. Loic Larrieu (Yamaha) 146
3. Christophe Nambotin (KTM) 141