A beautiful race weekend is now behind us with a lot to tell about. German GP has proved its passion once again with a huge number of enduro enthusiasts gathered in Dahlen, Saxony. Overall 155 riders put a show and entertained some 18,000 spectators.
Steve Holcombe (GBR-Beta) continued his domination in day 2 as well. With a striking start he won 8 tests in a row and left hardly anything to collect for the rest. Holcombe, being on top of his game, seemed confident on his bike and finished the weekend on top of both overall and E3 classes.
Brad Freeman (GBR-Beta) had a fairly conservative start and kept himself in the podium content. After midday he pushed hard and increased his pace just enough to catch up Danny McCanney (GBR-TM). Freeman finished the weekend with P2, 43 seconds behind Holcombe.
McCanney was a little disappointed because he lost his place to Freeman and couldn’t fought back for it but he sure is aware that securing a podium appearance on his debut with new team was important.
Eero Remes (FIN-Yamaha) seemed all motivated and strong with his pace for all day long especially after the DNF he had on day 1. He was all in top 5 with the tests and as a result he finished with P4.
The other day 1 DNF Alex Salvini (ITA-Honda) had great fight with Remes and Loïc Larrieu (FRA-TM) for the top 5. At the end of the day he was P5 overall just before Larrieu who finished with P6.
The biggest drama of the day was with Christophe NAMBOTIN (FRA-Gas Gas). He had gearbox failure which forced him to retire for the day. Though French was satisfied with his performance and strength that brights for the future rounds of the season.
Junior Class has witnessed a great comeback and filled the day with excitement. Despite he has stalled his bike and lost some 50 seconds and felt down to P7 at the first cross test, Andrea VERONA (ITA-TM) had an amazing race and cracked everyone before him. Only after 6 tests he was in the podium which wasn’t enough at all for the Italian. He gave it all and in the very last special test Verona cliched a wonderful victory.
Wil RUPRECHT (AUS-Yamaha) finished with P2 and Theo ESPINASSE (FRA-Sherco) with P3.
In the Champion Lubricants Enduro Open World Cup David KNIGHT (GBR-TM) completed his return to competition by taking the double in the Senior class double of the Champion Lubricants Enduro Open World Championship. He won in front of Werner MUELLER (AUT-KTM) and Euan MCCONNELL (GBR-TM).
In the 4-stroke class, Bernhard SCHOEPF (AUT-KTM) clinched a second win ahead of Robert RIEDEL (GER-KTM) and Fraser FLOCKHART (GBR-Yamaha).
The 2-stroke category enjoyed a 2nd different winner in 2 days of competition; Richard TUCKER (GBR-Sherco) won in front of Rafal BRACIK (POL-Gas Gas) and Nico RANBOW (GER-KTM).
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Steve HOLCOMBE (GBR-Beta): “I’m really happy with this result, but to be honest I was a little tired from yesterday, I attacked a lot during Saturday. I’m not at the top of my game yet, but this result is very encouraging.”
Brad FREEMAN (GBR-Beta): “I’m happy because today I was able to increase my pace to catch up with Danny. I’m still a long way from Steve, but I’m happy to be on this 100% British podium.”
Danny MCCANNEY (GBR-TM): “I finish 3rd today, I’m a little disappointed, but overall I’m very happy with my weekend. I can’t wait to continue the season and gain some more good results.”
Eero REMES (FIN-Yamaha): “The first day was very disappointing for me and the team, but I told the team that the season is very long and we are going to catch up. I feel good and this victory in E2 is a first great reward.”
Andrea VERONA (ITA-TM): “This might be the most beautiful victory of my career so far. When I lost so much time this morning after the bike stopped in the Cross Test I knew I had the potential to win. My body hurts because I really attacked all day, but I’m super happy.”
Wil RUPRECHT (AUS-Yamaha): “I don’t know what to say to you, I am so disappointed, I cracked under the pressure, I crashed three times on the last test. Andrea was the better man and he deserves it. I can only try to learn and improve after such a defeat.”