Steve Holcombe remains at the head of the Enduro 3 World Championship standings following a challenging but largely positive GP of Spain. Double overall EnduroGP winner at the recent championship round in Sweden, Steve saw his hopes of a repeat performance halted in Spain when a technical issue ended his chances of a winning result on day one. Day two saw Steve return to the top of the Enduro 3 class podium and with it open up a nine-point advantage in the E3 championship standings.
A comfortable second in class at the end of the Friday night super test, Steve made a winning start to the first day of competition in Spain, topping the opening enduro test. Frustratingly, during the day’s second special tests Steve experienced a technical issue that would have a profound effect on his result. Fixing the problem with the help of his team Steve incurred a 12-minute time penalty, but nevertheless remained in the race and battled his way to a 10th place finish and six very important championship points.
Starting day two as he meant to go on Steve topped the opening enduro test before continuing to challenge for the Enduro 3 class lead. Not quite able to match the pace of Manuel Monni, a 30 second penalty awarded to the Italian resulted in Steve moving to the top of the Enduro 3 class podium and 20 much needed championship points.
The penultimate round of the 2016 Enduro World Championship takes place in two weeks time in Fabriano, Italy, July 16-17.
Steve Holcombe: “It was definitely a mixed weekend for me, but to come away with the Enduro 3 class win on day two and maintain my lead in the E3 championship is very positive. The technical issue we had on day one was just one of those freak things that can happen. The team were great and made the right call to fix things, but I lost time and had no way of improving my result during the day. I rode to get to the finish and take some points. Day two was much, much better. Bouncing back by winning the first enduro test was a great way to start the day. I just kept plugging away throughout the day really. Some tests were really good, some not quite where I wanted to be but overall it was a good day. Importantly, I did what I needed to do. I’m not sure exactly what happened with Manuel Monni picking up a time penalty, but after all the mixed fortunes I’ve had I’ll gladly take the extra few points that come with the day win.”
Results – 2016 Enduro World Championship, Round 6
Enduro 3 – Day 1
1. Manuel Monni (TM) 1:07:14.29; 2. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 1:07:37.29; 3. Jaume Betriu (KTM) 1:07:46:05… 10. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:22:49.77
Enduro 3 – Day 2
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 1:05:41:17; 2. Manuel Monni (TM) 1:05:45.94; 3. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 1:06:08.64
Championship Standings (After Round Six)
1. Steve Holcombe (Beta) 204 points; 2. Johnny Aubert (Beta) 195; 3. Antoine Basset (KTM) 173…