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Holcombe and Garcia lead opening day of Italian EnduroGP

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Claiming his first EnduroGP class win of 2017 to move to the top of the provisional EnduroGP World Championship standings, Steve Holcombe was the big winner on day one of the GP of Italy.

Battling with Beta team-mate Alex Salvini throughout the day, the British rider eventually placed 11 seconds ahead following a costly mistake by Salvini during the day‰Ûªs final enduro test. Rounding out the EnduroGP podium was Yamaha rider Loic Larrieu.

EnduroGP championship leader coming into the Italian event, Matt Phillips failed to finish the day due to a technical issue. In the Enduro 2 category KTM mounted Josep Garcia came out on top of a close fought battle with Yamaha‰Ûªs Jamie McCanney to claim victory.
Steve Holcombe took the win in EnduroGP
Agonisingly close to topping the EnduroGP class at the GP of Spain, Steve Holcombe battled for the top step of the podium throughout day one in Italy before finally edging ahead of his Beta team-mate Alex Salvini. ‰ÛÏThis first win of 2017 feels great,‰Û
Holcombe with the winners plate
‰ÛÏI felt like I rode well today, but my mistake early in the day cost me,‰Û
Josep Garcia took the win in in Enduro2
Just over five seconds behind Garcia, Jamie McCanney (Yamaha) secured the runner-up spot in Enduro 2 having topped three of the day‰Ûªs special tests.

Showing just how close things were at the top of the E2 class, Pascal Rauchenecker (Husqvarna) rounded out the podium in third ‰ÛÒ less than 10 seconds behind winner Garcia. Husqvarna mounted Italian Thomas Oldrati claimed his best result of the season so far in fourth while Manuel Monni (TM) also secured a strong result on day one of his home GP with fifth.

Due to illness, Eero Remes (TM) struggled throughout day one in Italy. Although managing to maintain his lead in the E2 championship standings he could only manage an eighth place result.

In the Enduro Junior class Davide Soreca (Honda) enjoyed the largest winning margin of all classes, finishing comfortably ahead of Swede Albin Elowson (Husqvarna) after a consistent day‰Ûªs racing. Some 13 seconds adrift in third was Mikael Persson (Yamaha).

Andrea Verona (TM) was the winner in the 125cc Enduro Youth class, finishing ahead of Ruy Barbosa (Husqvarna) and Alex Iscala (KTM).

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