News 6 May 2019

Holcombe and Freeman split EnduroGP victories in Portugal

Stage one podium for Australian contender Ruprecht.

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Steve Holcombe (Team Beta Factory) and Bradley Freeman (Beta) have each taken outright victories in round two of the 2019 Maxxis FIM EnduroGP World Championship at Valpacos in Portugal.

Holcombe took out top EnduroGP honours in Saturday’s opening stage, narrowly edging out hard-charging duo Freeman and Honda-mounted Alex Salvini.

Freeman reigned supreme in the E1 category over Davide Guarneri (Honda) and Matteo Cavallo (Sherco), while the E2 class saw Salvini lead Christophe Charlier (Honda Redmoto World Enduro) and Giacomo Redondi (Husqvarna). Holcombe topped the E3 division ahead of Daniel McCanney (TM Factory Racing) and Anthony Geslin (Beta).

Freeman was able to get the better of Holcombe in stage in the EnduroGP classification, taking victory over the reigning champion and Salvini.

The win placed Freeman atop the E1 standings ahead of Guarneri and Cavallo, as the E2 division was taken out by Salvini, Charlier and Eero Remes (Yamaha Johansson MPE). It was a repeat of results in the E3 division, with Holcombe earning the win over McCanney and Geslin.

Australian contender Wil Ruprecht (Yamaha Johansson MPE), challenging the J1 category, put in a stellar performance, completing the weekend with second on the podium in stage one before finishing seventh on stage two. The EnduroGP World Championship now heads to Santiago de Compostela in Spain next weekend for round three.

Detailed results