Double-victory for Holcombe at German EnduroGP opener
Dual podiums for Australian Ruprecht in J1 category.
Team Beta Factory Racing’s Steve Holcombe has earned a stellar double-victory at Dahlen in Germany for the opening round of the 2019 Maxxis EnduroGP World Championship.
The reigning champion dominated the opening stage in the outright EnduroGP standings, taking a strong win over Daniel McCanney (TM Racing Factory Enduro Team) and Bradley Freeman (Beta).
In the E1 class, it was Freeman who topped stage one over Matteo Cavallo (Sherco) and Thomas Oldrati (Honda RedMoto World Enduro), while E2 was taken out by Loic Larrieu (TM Racing Factory Enduro Team) followed by Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) and Christophe Charlier (Honda RedMoto World Enduro).
The E3 division was all about Holcombe as he stormed to victory in the class ahead of McCanney and Christophe Nambotin (Gas Gas Factory Team). Holcombe returned in fine form for Sunday’s second stage, once again securing P1 in the outright EnduroGP classification, joined on the podium by Freeman and McCanney.
Freeman charged to top E1 honours for the second consecutive day, this time finishing ahead of Davide Guarneri (Honda) and Oldrati. Eero Remes (Johansson MPE Yamaha) rose to the top of the E2 standings on day two, edging out Alex Salvini (Honda) and Larrieu, while in E3 it was Holcombe followed by McCanney and Anthony Geslin (Beta).
Australian Wil Ruprecht (Johansson MPE Yamaha) lodged a stellar 3-2 scorecard in the J1 category to kickstart this full-time EnduroGP career, landing on the podium in both days of racing. The series now heads to Valpacos in Portugal on 3-5 May for the second stop of the championship.