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The Brits lock out the top positions at EnduroGP of Czech Republic

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Brad Freeman took the days overall honors.
Ideal conditions welcomed all the competitors for the 6th round of the FIM Maxxis Enduro World Championship.

Glorious late summer sunshine, spectacular special tests, and big battles. It all came together to offer a high-level show to the many spectators who had amassed throughout the three tests and three laps of the day.

Beta's Brad Freeman put in a performance worthy of his EnduroGP leader status; he set the best time on seven of the day‰Ûªs tests! The young Brit did not make any mistakes, and always featured at the top of the timesheets. In addition to taking the day victory, his greatest satisfaction was to have been able to hold off his closest title rival, compatriot Steve Holcombe.

‰ÛÏI'm just delighted with how my day went," Freeman said. "I was able to dominate. After my injury in Greece and my broken collarbone I had only one idea in mind to keep myself focused, and to get the operation and recovery done as soon as possible; that idea is the title and the day victories. It seems that everything is going well so far. It‰Ûªs been a dream since I was little to become World Champion, and I‰Ûªll always go after that.‰Û
Aussie Wil Ruprecht cleaned upo in the Junior class.
There was another great performance from Chile‰Ûªs Benjamin Herrera too, 9th overall behind the handlebars of his brand new Beta 4-Stroke.

Andrea Verona, the 2019 Junior World Champion, took the opportunity at the Czech GP to make his debut among the ‰Û÷big boys‰Ûª in E1. Unfortunately for the Italian, the day was over before it properly began, and he went out due to a technical problem on the second lap. Verona will try again tomorrow.

In E1, if he finishes 2nd tomorrow Brad Freeman could earn his 2nd World crown in the category. He took victory today ahead of Matteo Cavallo and Honda's Davide Guarneri.

The E2 class has a brand new winner in the form of Joe Wooton, who was thrilled to achieve his first ever class victory. LoÌøc Larrieu was 2nd on the day, keeping Salvini at bay in the last half of the day. The Frenchman therefore managed to take the lead of the provisional classification by just one point.

‰ÛÏI don‰Ûªt know what to say! I‰Ûªm truly speechless! Even I am surprised to find myself on the top step of the podium! All I can tell you is that I've been working really hard since the beginning of the season and finally that has been rewarded. For tomorrow I will not change my state of mind and I‰Ûªll try to stay with that same winning spirit," Wooton said.

Steve Holcombe won in E3 ahead of McCanney and David Abcrall.

The Czech GP sees the return to competition of the Yamaha Johansson rider Wil Ruprecht. In the absence of Verona, and now feeling fully fit, Ruprecht dominated the overall class. Leading from start to finish, he left no chance to any of his rivals to challenge him.

The Australian won in front of an impressive Antoine Magain, who snatched second place from Theo Espinasse at the end of the day by just one and a half seconds!

The bad news of the day came from Jack Edmondson, the likeable Brit was forced out of the race after fracturing his wrist.

In J1 the podium was the same as that of Junior Overall: Ruprecht, Magain and Espinasse. The J2 class went Enric Fransisco, ahead of Ruy Barbosa and LÌ©o Le Quere.

New Zealand‰Ûªs Hamish Macdonald made it his mission to come back from his broken shoulder with a vengeance. He won the class ahead of Matteo Pavoni and Nathan Bered. The ultimate aim for ‰Û÷Hammy Mac‰Ûª this weekend is to get closer to sealing the Youth 125 Championship title. We could find out if he‰Ûªs achieved this as early as tomorrow evening.

This first day of the Grand Prix of Czech Republic was spectacular in every respect. We‰Ûªve witnessed a lot of action, and we‰Ûªve also learned that this year‰Ûªs British ISDE Team (Freeman-Holcombe-McCanney-Wooton) could be very hard to beat in Portugal next month!

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