News 29 May 2017

Holcombe and Larrieu split Italian EnduroGP wins

Challenging weekend for reigning world champion Phillips.

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Great Britain’s Steve Holcombe kicked off the Italian portion of the 2017 EnduroGP World Championship with a victory in the premier class aboard his Beta machine.

Behind Holcombe it was fellow Beta-mounted rider Alex Salvini who finished in the runner-up spot ahead of Yamaha’s Loic Larrieu rounding out the podium for day one.

Missing out on the podium spots and rounding out the top five it was Giacomo Redondi in fourth-place and Christophe Nambotin in fifth to wrap up the first round of racing in Italy.

Day two of racing saw Larrieu climb the leaderboard to earn himself a career-first EnduroGP victory to finish off a strong weekend of world championship off-road racing.

Joining Larrieu on the podium it was day one winner Holcombe in second and Nambotin in third. Salvini was fourth on day two and Nathan Watson in fifth. Australia’s Matthew Phillips was seventh overall on day two following an unfortunate DNF result on day one.

Holcombe now holds a 21-point lead over Larrieu in the EnduroGP standings followed by Australia’s Phillips in third spot with Nambotin and Antti Hellsten rounding out the top five.

In the Enduro 2 category KTM’s Josep Garcia impressed with two victories over both days of racing. Day one saw Garcia top Yamaha’s Jamie McCanney, Husqvarna’s Pascal Rauchenecker, Thomas Oldrati and Manuel Monni. Australia’s Daniel Sanders was seventh overall.

With Garcia dominating both days, it was Jamie McCanney again took the the runner-up spot on day two edging out third-place rider Rauchenecker followed by Jonathan Barragan and Danny McCanney. Day two saw Australia’s Sanders finish four spots further down the order in 11th.

Garcia leads the Enduro 2 championship chase six points head of TM’s Eero Remes followed by Jamie McCanney, Rauchenecker and Danny McCanney. Sanders currently holds the eighth spot overall in the series rankings.

The 2017 EnduroGP World Championship will now take a multiple-week break before heading to Paradfurdo in Hungary on 23-25 June.